Access / Egress

Is the gangway at a safe angle, suitable for type?

Is the gangway secured correctly?

Is there a safe path to reception marked and all other paths barriered off?

Is reception manned and did you get a safety brief?

Is there evidence of contractors being familiarised with the vessel's emergency procedures? (03.03.01)

Are contractors being asked if they have read and understood the VOSL code of safe working practices for contractors and is there copies available at reception? (03.03.02)

General comments

Control of work

Are open permits filled in correctly?

From a sample of closed permits, are the completed correctly?

Is the Permit to Work register up to date?

Is the Permit to Work board in use?

Is there a valid Risk Assessment and TMR card for each open Permit?

Is there evidence of isolation (lock-out / tag-out) being used?

Are the Deck Risk Assessments to a standard suitable for the task?

Are the engine room Risk Assessments to a standard suitable for the task?

Are the tool box talks being recorded in the deck and engine room log books?

Is a risk assessment identifying critical equipment available?

Is there valid lifting plans for routine tasks?

Has all lifting appliances and equipment been inspected by a competent person within last 12 months (take photograph of cert) and is there a colour code system in place to to identify certified lifting equipment? (05.07.07)

General comments

LSA equipment

Is the LSA equipment in correct location and in good working order? (Sample checked)

Is the rope for the life-buoy / smoke float free and untangled?

Is the fire extinguishers in the correct location and free from obstruction?

Are the fire boxes and contents in good working order?

Has both the fire pump and emergency fire pump been tested in the last month?

Are records available to show that samples of foam compound has been tested at regular intervals? (05.10.04)

General comments

Documents / posters

Has both masters published standing orders?

Has both masters been completing night orders?

Is the muster list up to date and in the correct format?

Is the LSA manual and FIFI manual readily available?

Is a copy of the PPE Matrix posted in accommodation?

Is the radio log book up to date? (Check section 2 and master signs on daily basis) (10.01.10)

Is the Polices poster posted in a prominent place?

Has the Master received a full and in depth hand-over (including hand-over notes)?

Has the chief engineer received a full and in depth handover (including hand-over notes)?

Has the coxswain done a complete hand-over (including hand-over checklist)?

General comments


Is there any outstanding NCRs from previous audits?

Is there any outstanding items from previous accidents / near misses?

Has the vessel been reporting Safety Observations on a regular basis? (Check both crews)

Has both masters carried out a Masters review (or both signed a joint review)?

Is the emergency contact lost available and up to date (including annex 2)?

Has the echo sounder been tested and date stamped or details entered in log book? (04.01.18)

Has a formal management of change been carried out?

General comments


Is the garbage record book kept up to date and completed correctly?

Is the waste segregation being carried out as per the garbage plan?

Is the oil record book maintained correctly?

Is the OWS discharge valve secured but not padlocked?

Are all sight glasses closed and free (and not secured in the open position)?

If bunkering taking place, are all measures in place?

General comments

Drills and exercises

Has the vessel followed the company's drill matrix?

Has the vessel carried out an enclosed space drill in the last month?

Has the vessel carried out an emergency steering drill in the last month?

Is a copy of the annual ship - shore exercise available?

General comments

Asbestos / occupational Health

Does the vessel have an Asbestos survey or Asbestos free certificate?

Has all crew completed an Asbestos induction?

Does the vessel maintain an Asbestos register?

General comments

Personal Protective Equipment

Are all crew wearing appropriate, Vroon issued PPE for task, as per PPE Matrix?

Is there ship specific PPE available?

Are the personal O2 and multi-gas detectors calibrated, charged and available?

General comments

Engine Room

Is the engine room in a tidy and safe condition?

Does the vessel have a ship specific bunkering procedure?

Is the list of critical equipment available?

Is there a register of all work equipment available?

Is there an assessment carried out for all power tools (including workshop tools)? (05.01.11)

Is there guards in place for bench tools in workshop? (11.03.18)

Has a "quarantine" area been identified for detective power tools?

Has the Chief Engineer written his own standing orders and are night orders completed and have the watch engineers countersigned? (11.01.05)

General comments


Has the cook reviewed full hand-over notes?

Is the Galley cleaning schedule up to date?

Is the Galley and Messroom in a clean and hygienic condition?

Is the freezer / chiller temp records up to date?

General comments

Ships condition

Are reception areas, treatment room, bedding ward and survivor seating areas clean, tidy and clear of obstructions? (08.09.11)

Please give details of the general condition and housekeeping onboard

Conclusion and general comments

Conclusion and general comments

Inspection acceptance
Signiture, Safety Officer
Signature, Master
Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.