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Maritime Walking and Working Surfaces Training & Certification

Built to STCW standards as put forth by the IMO. Also complies with OSHA and Canada applicable standards.


We Offer Three Types of Walking and Working Surfaces Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Walking and Working Surfaces certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Maritime Walking and Working Surfaces Training Course?

Our Maritime Walking and Working Surfaces training course is regulation-aligned.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5 – 2 hours.

Training Scope: Course Goals: Intended Audience:

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Maritime Walking and Working Surfaces Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1915: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Shipyard Employment
  • 1915.73 – Guarding of Deck Openings and Edges
  • 1915.81 – Housekeeping
  • 29 CFR 1917: Marine Terminals
  • 1917.11 – Housekeeping
  • 1917.12 – Slippery Conditions
  • 1917.112 – Guarding of Edges
  • 29 CFR 1918: Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring
  • 1918.91 – Housekeeping
  • 1918.43 – Handling hatch beams and covers
  • Canada Standards

  • CLC 2.14 (1) (2) (3)
  • CLC 3.14 & 3.15
  • British Columbia, OHS 4.39-4.41
  • Saskatchewan, Part IX Section 124,189,195
  • Yukon Part 1.51 (1)(2)(3)
  • Canada Labour Code
  • Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Maritime Walking and Working Surfaces Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who works in or around slip, trip, and fall hazards must receive training, no matter how long they’ve been on the job. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Walking and Working Surfaces

    Did You Know?

    From 2000 to 2008, 284 people fell off cruise ships and another 41 people fell off of large ferries. That’s a combined average of 1.5 guests per month falling off of sea-going passenger vessels. (Boat Law)

    A review of the data from 2000–2017 found that 791 commercial fishermen died while fishing in the United States. Of those fatalities, 30% (237) occurred when a fisherman fell overboard. (CDC)

    OSHA estimates that 43% of maritime injuries in the United States are caused by slip and fall accidents.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in the maritime industry?

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    These types of accidents can be caused by hazards like wet or slippery surfaces, nets or ropes in walkways, open hatches, and unsecured cargo.

    How can slip and fall accidents be avoided on a ship?

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    Eliminating the hazard is always the best option. If this is not possible, accidents can be avoided by guarding hazardous areas with cones, signs, or caution tape. Employees should receive safety training regarding fall hazards and wear slip-resistant boots or shoes.

    Do employees need to wear fall protection or other safety gear while walking or working onboard a ship?

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    Yes, if they are working in an area that requires it. Mariners should also wear a life vest or a personal flotation device during heavy weather or when working over the side to help them stay afloat if they fall overboard.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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