Fire And Safety Operational Booklet
Fire and Safety Operational Booklet
A fire and safety operational booklet is a document that contains information and instructions for the safe operation of a ship and its cargo in relation to fire hazards. It is required by Chapter II-2, Regulation 126.96.36.199 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) , which is a global maritime safety treaty that aims to prevent accidents and protect human life at sea.
The fire and safety operational booklet consists of two parts: the fire training manual and the fire safety operational booklet. The fire training manual provides general advice on fire fighting and the use of equipment, whereas the fire safety operational booklet has information that is specific to a particular ship or cargo type. The booklet also contains an inventory section for recording the location and type of equipment used on the ship.
Fire Training Manual
The fire training manual is a guide for the crew on how to prevent, detect, and fight fires on board a ship. It covers topics such as:
The principles of combustion and fire spread
The types and classes of fires and their extinguishing agents
The operation and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems
The use and care of portable and fixed fire fighting equipment
The organization and procedures for fire drills and emergencies
The basic rules of personal safety and survival in case of fire
The fire training manual should be written in a clear and simple language that can be easily understood by the crew. It should also include diagrams, illustrations, photographs, and examples to aid comprehension. The manual should be updated regularly to reflect any changes in the ship's equipment, layout, or operation.
Fire Safety Operational Booklet
The fire safety operational booklet is a supplement to the fire training manual that contains information and instructions that are relevant to a specific ship or cargo type. It covers topics such as:
The characteristics and hazards of the cargo carried by the ship
The special precautions and measures to be taken for the safe handling, stowage, and transport of the cargo
The procedures for loading, unloading, inspection, ventilation, segregation, and emergency response of the cargo
The location and operation of any additional fire fighting equipment or systems installed for the protection of the cargo
The actions to be taken in case of fire involving the cargo or its surroundings
The fire safety operational booklet should be tailored to the specific needs and requirements of the ship and its cargo. It should also be reviewed and approved by the flag state administration or a recognized organization before being issued to the ship.
A fire and safety operational booklet is an essential document for ensuring the safety of a ship and its crew in relation to fire hazards. It provides information and instructions on how to prevent, detect, and fight fires on board a ship, as well as how to handle, transport, and protect different types of cargo. The booklet should be kept on board the ship at all times and be readily accessible to the crew.