Safety management systems course 

Effective implementation of the Company’s Safety Management System on board is at the core of ISM Code compliance.
This course provides the participants a thorough understanding of the S.M.S., with special emphasis on operational procedures, ‘continual improvement’ elements, and the audit processes. It includes an extensive workshop on the use of Company-specific shipboard documentation.


The Course can be customized for any Company, using their S.M.S documentation. 

Course Objective:

  • To review the ISM Code and co-relate the implementation of the S.M.S. with ISM Code compliance
  • To understand the structure of an S.M.S., with special attention to procedures for key shipboard operations
  • To make useful contribution to the 'continuous improvement' of the S.M.S. through system reviews and non-conformity reporting.
  • To be able to deal with external Auditors, Inspectors, etc., and ensure smooth and successful conclusion of audits, with effective follow-up
  • To become thoroughly familiar with the Company's organization structure and shipboard documentation of the Company's S.M.S.


Duration: 2 Days


Suggested Target Group:

All Management and Operational level staff on board


Course Contents:

  • Understanding of 'Risk' and related terminology
  • Review of the salient features of the ISM Code
  • Requirements and structure of a Safety Management System
  • Procedural requirements for key shipboard operations; Exercise in procedure making through process-mapping.
  • Appreciation of the instruments for 'continuous improvement' of the system; Exercise in non-conformity reporting.
  • Handling of the audit process and dealing with auditors and inspectors; Following up on audit findings; Exercise on 'corrective action'.
  • Update on the Company's organization structure, its key personnel, and service offerings.
  • Familiarization with the Company's S.M.S. through a workshop on the use of shipboard documentation, including Company forms and checklists.





September 2014













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