You will be required to comply with this code if you are the operator of a ship that is engaged in trade or commerce:
- between Australia and places outside Australia
- between two places outside Australia
- between the States of Australia
- within a Territory, or between a State and a Territory or between two Territories.
This includes a vessel that is licensed to engage in coastal trade, and certain offshore industry vessels. You may also be required to comply with this code if you are an employee or contractor working on board a ship engaged in trade or commerce, or if you are a manufacturer, supplier, or importer of plant or substances used on board such a ship.
As the operator of a ship, you have a legal responsibility to take all reasonable steps to protect the health and safety at work of your employees.
Compliance with this code may be used as evidence in court proceedings that you have fulfilled your responsibility. Failure to comply with this code may be used as evidence that you have not fulfilled your responsibility.