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Shipyard Safety & Internal Audits


Data and studies show that effective management of shipyard safety and personnel health can substantially reduce employee fatalities, injuries, and illnesses and the costs associated with them. In response, many states have regulations and guidelines on workplace safety, health & environmental programs or management systems.


To this extent, every shipyard should identify the hazards that can arise during the yard’s activities and implement effectively such programs regardless of the size of the workplace or the number of hazards, in order to manage workplace safety and protect personnel health and the environment.


Learn about the main shipyard hazards and protective measures, acquire the skills on how to effectively conduct shipyard internal audits or inspections and train your company’s auditors on key safety requirements with our Shipyard Safety & Internal Audits course.


Aims & Objectives

Prepare Shipyard Auditors to perform checks and audits for the yard activities by outlining:

  • the key work-related hazards and accident preventive & investigation procedures
  • the basic shipyard health, safety & environmental aspects
  • audit checklists to inspect high risk areas of the yard


Learning Outcomes

After having completed the course the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the key rules for shipyard safety in terms of its activities, staff awareness, Health Safety and Environment Management System, selection of shipyard & contractors
  • Demonstrate knowledge on the main shipyard risks and accident prevention measures
  • Use effectively the checklists to perform audits & inspections
  • Enhance skills to conduct effective audits in any auditing situation
  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an internal audit programme
  • Establish and plan the activities of an audit team
  • Organise and direct audit team members


Who should attend?
  • Shipyard Inspectors and Auditors
  • Administration Personnel performing shipyard evaluation or audit
  • Employees of employers performing shipyard activities on the shore, pier, terminal, yard, shipyard, machine shop, riverbank, etc., as well as on the vessels afloat or in drydocks or graving docks
  • Mechanical Engineers & Naval Architects responsible for Shipyard Safety


Prerequisite skills & knowledge:
  • Basic Experience to audit procedures is recommended
  • The course is open to all technical personnel who are prepared to serve in a shipyard and there are no particular educational requirements for them.
Relative conventions: N/A


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 – Accredited by Greek Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs Accreditation No. 2101338
Part A: Shipyard safety, risks, procedures & checklists

Introduction to shipyard safety

  • About Shipyard Safety
  • Basic Definitions
  • Workplace Hazards
  • Key Tools for safety

Essential Rules of Shipyard Safety

  • Health Safety and Environment Management System
  • HSE Management System Audit
  • Environmental Protection
  • Training , Awareness & Competency
  • Shipyard Selection
  • Evaluation, Selection & Control of Contractors
  • Requirements Prior to Shipyard Entry or Work
  • Safety Measures in the Shipyard during Repairs
  • Communications & Daily Safety Meetings
  • Completion of Repairs
  • Maintenance

Shipyard risks & accident prevention measures

  • Key hazards & causes of injury
  • Personal Safety & Personal Protective Equipment
  • Safe Access & Working at Height
  • Manual Tasks
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Hot work
  • Surface Treatment
  • Pressure Testing
  • Radiation
  • Electrical Safety
  • Diving
  • Ship Transferring
  • Transferring fluids between Tanks and Shore
  • Transport and Lifting equipment
  • Control of Hazardous Material
  • Compressed Air and Gases
  • Machinery Guarding
  • Lock-out and tagging
  • Noise Protection
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response

Case studies, Reporting & Investigation of Work-related Injuries

  • Cutting of pressure vessels
  • Cutting or heating metal tanks
  • Vehicles hitting or crushing workers
  • Employee injured when fork tine carriage falls off forklift
  • Reporting an Incident or Injury
  • Corrective & Preventive actions

Shipyard Safety Checklists

  • Use of Checklists & Risk Evaluation
  • Lifting Equipment
  • House Keeping
  • Scaffolding/ Staging
  • Shipyard Safety
  • Forklift Inspection
  • Entry to Yard Premises
  • Rigger (Slinging, Signaling and Lifting)
  • Fire Watchmen
  • Pipe Fitters
  • Welding, Burning & Cutting
  • Arc Welding
  • Work Permit – All Works
  • Hot Work Permit
  • Non Gas Free for Hot Work
  • Fluidics Loading-Transfer
  • Ship Dry Docking Preparation
  • Customer Evaluation
  • Manual Tasks
  • Working From Height
  • Slips, Trips & Falls
  • Machinery Guarding
  • Air Receivers
  • Mobile Plant
  • Electricity
  • Hazardous Substances
  • OSH Management & Consultant
  • New & Young Workers
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Final Checks

Protection Measures

  • Safety Signs and Symbols
  • Safety Signs and Use
  • Guide of ISO Standards relative to PPE
  • Flow Charts:
    • Flow Chart for Hazardous Materials
    • Flow Chart for Outsource Service of Hazardous Activities
    • Flow Chart for Machinery and Equipment Control

List of References

Part B: Shipyard Management System Internal Auditor

Internal audit overview

  • What is an Audit?
  • Why Audit?
  • Audit Types

Internal Audit

  • Principles of auditing
  • Scheduled and unscheduled Audits
  • What to Audit – Technical Audit
  • Steps involved in internal audit
  • Scope of audit
  • Frequency of audit
  • Internal Audit process

Audit Steps

  • Performing audit activities
  • Audit Plan
  • Developing Checklists
  • Opening Meeting
  • Conducting the Audit
  • Recording Results
  • Non-Conformities & Non-Compliances
  • Closing Meeting (s)
  • Audit Report
  • Audit Follow-up Activities
  • Auditee’s conduct

Audit Programme

  • Establishing the Audit programme objectives
  • Identifying and evaluating audit programme risks
  • Process flow for the management of an audit programme
  • Managing an audit programme
  • Audit programme Implementation

Audit tips & techniques

  • Tips to trained internal auditor
  • Question Technique
  • Competence of the audit programme manager

Auditor’s Performance

  • Auditor’s Quality
  • The Auditors conduct
  • Auditor’s Code of Conduct
  • Auditor Characteristics
  • Auditor's personal behavior
  • The Auditee’s conduct
  • Selecting the audit team members
  • Skills of audit team leaders
  • How to evaluate an Auditor
Exam & Certification
  • Exam on “Shipyard Safety & Internal Auditor”
  • "Shipyard Safety & Internal Audits” Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed Power Point presentation (available for download)
  • No. of pages: 472


  • Reading lists & Resources: Available in the course


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 55
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)


  • CPD Points: 55
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.8


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on Shipyard Safety & Internal Audits





Upon successful completion of the course assessment, participants will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Success’.


   100% Online course
   CPD Accredited eCertificate – Global acceptance
   Downloadable course material
   E-learning Mobile App
   Enrolment: 3 months
   Flexible schedule
   Language: English


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