Bridge the gap between operations & engineering
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Regulations & guidelines

Several useful documents containing ergonomic and safety regulations and guidelines are available:

RefDocumentRelevant parts
SOLASInternational Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)all
REC 95Recommendation for the Application of SOLAS regulation V/15 on bridge design, equipment arrangement and proceduresall
ABS ErgonomicsGuide for ergonomic notations (American bureau of Shipping)all
MSC/Circ 982Guidelines on ergonomic criteria for bridge equipment and layout (IMO)all
MSC/Circ 337Code on noise levels (IMO)all
ISO 8468Ship’s bridge layout and associated equipment – requirements and guidelines (ISO)all
OGP 454Human Factors engineering in projects (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers)all
LR Ship rulesNavigational Arrangements and Integrated Bridge Systemspart 7 chapter 9
BV NI 577Accommodation: design and construction of crew accommodation in respect of title 3 of Maritime Labour Convention 2006sec 2


Class notation

In addition to the above documents, class bureaus like Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas, and Lloyds Register also provide class notation categories for Human Factors related subjects, like noise & vibration levels comfort class levels.
Though many of these regulations are specifically developed for passenger ships, they can be useful for cargo ships and special duty ships as well.

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