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ILO C188 Work in Fishing Convention

The United Kingdom has implemented the ILO C188 Work in Fishing Convention.

The convention is the biggest change to health, safety and welfare that has ever occurred in the UK Fishing sector and the SafetyFolder website is here to ensure that its users are able to be compliant with the legislation.

Key Details

  • The Convention applies to all fishermen in the UK and all fishing vessels in UK waters.
  • All fishermen must have a 'Work Agreement' regardless of whether they are employed or self employed share fishermen.
  • All vessels must have a management system for Health, Safety and Welfare.
  • The fishing vessel owner is ultimately responsible for every member of the vessels crew regardless of employement status.
  • All fishermen will need evidence of medical fitness.
  • All fishermen must recieve sufficient rest.

Vessels over 24m

  • Crew must have an ENG1 Medical certificate.
  • Vessels must have safe working procedures.

Vessels fishing trips of greater than 3 days (72 hours)

  • All crews to receive 10 hours rest every 24 hours.
  • Crew must have an ENG1 Medical certificate.