Safety tools and resources you can use on the job

Handy map of safety jurisdictions in the maritime industry

Use this MUA guide to figure our which safety jurisdiction applies to your work. Are you under the state onshore laws, AMSA & MO32, the Seacare/OHSMI jurisdiction for seafarers at sea, or the offshore? 

HSR guide for stevedoring, tugs and port workers

Worker participation is an essential part of safety. This guide from Safe Work Australia outlines how to set up trained HSRs on the job and promote worker participation in safety. It applies to onshore and inshore work such as stevedoring, tugs and port workers.

HSR handbook for seafarers on vessels

This handbook, published by Seacare, is for HSRs at sea including offshore maritime activities. It contains useful information on how to set up HSRs and explains your rights and powers.

HSR handbook for the offshore

A handbook from NOPSEMA for HSRs on offshore facilities such as rigs and FPSOs. It contains useful information on how to set up HSRs and explains your rights and powers.

Consultation code of practice

This code of practice from Safe Work Australia sets out in plain language the consultation requirements under Australian law. Consultation is not just good practice - it is a mandatory legal obligation. Employers are required to consult workers and HSRs about issues which may affect their safety. 

Code of practice for how to manage safety in the workplace

This code tells employers how to manage safety. When is a risk assessment required? What controls should be put in place? This code from Safe Work Australia spells out the obligations and is very useful for HSRs and delegates in taking up disputes about safety.

MUA pre-PIN notice

HSRs use this form to formally notify your employer about an unsafe work practice. 

HSR standard letters and tools

Use this pack of standard materials to form workgroups, elect HSRs and establish safety committees on the job. These sample materials come from the MUA Tasmanian Branch and have been used successfully by delegates in Tasmania and elsewhere.

Marine Orders

Marine Order 32

MO32 has been with us in one for or another for around 80 years and is considered the bible for wharfie safety. 

Other codes of practice

Code of practice for manual handling 

Code of practice for amenities, facilities and the work environment

Code of practice for first aid

Legislation and regulations

Seafarers and vessels

Offshore oil and gas

Western Australia

Northern Territory

New South Wales


South Australia




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