WSH Bulletin, 7 February 2020: The importance of using lifejackets when working on or near bodies of water // Industry Workshops

WSH Bulletin, 7 February 2020: The importance of using lifejackets when working on or near bodies of water // Industry Workshops

Feb 07, 2020

7 February 2020, Ref: 1920096

The importance of using lifejackets when working on or near bodies of water


Working on boats or near bodies of water can be very dangerous. Employers and workers who frequently work near bodies of water must take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents from occurring. This includes ensuring that all workers put on a lifejacket to reduce the risk of drowning in the event of falling into the water.


Lifejackets on board a licensed vessel/craft under the Singapore Registry of Ships should conform to the amended International Life-Saving Appliance Code.

The Code, which is in line with the requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, includes but not limited to the following recommendations for lifejackets:


• Are of a highly visible colour on all parts to assist detection in the water;   
• Are clearly marked by either weight, height, or both; 
• Can be easily donned within one minute without assistance;
• Can be easily secured on a person without the need to tie knots;
• Have a buoyancy which is not reduced by more than 5% after 24 hours of submersion
   in fresh water;
• Are fitted with a whistle that is firmly secured by a lanyard, to call for attention;
• Are provided with a suitable means to allow a rescuer to lift the wearer from the
   water into a survival craft or rescue boat; and
• Be equipped with a white light, of a luminous intensity of 0.75 candela or more,
   which is able to last for at least eight hours.

Figure 1: Self-inflating      Figure 2: Foam lifejacket.      Figure 3: Self-inflating lifejacket before (left) and
lifejacket.                                                                         after inflating (right).

For more details, please refer to the amended International Life-Saving Appliance
Code here



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