An industry-wide survey to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on maritime workforce wellbeing and operational practice was launched by Lloyd’s Register (LR) on the Day of the Seafarer, 25 June.
The online survey, run by LR jointly with the UK Chamber of Shipping, the Mission to Seafarers, and Safety at Sea, acting as media partner, will run until the end of August 2020. The survey hopes to gather information on how the industry has faced the challenges presented by COVID-19.
The impact on mental health and wellbeing, as well as organisational culture will be explored and draw important lessons to learn for the future, especially in terms of disease management.
Andrew Wright, secretary general Mission to Seafarers, speaking at a Day of the Seafarer webinar hosted by Standard Club broke the news to listeners of the mental health survey launch. “We hope that this will provide very useful information to bring into the heart of this debate and we all look towards a different future”.
“Shipping has played a central role in maintaining critical supply chains during this pandemic and the importance of the men and women who work in the maritime industry cannot be underestimated,” said Nick Brown director marine and offshore LR. “These have been challenging times for us all and understanding how this situation may have affected work processes, safety, health and mental wellbeing will provide valuable insights on how we have coped as an industry and the changes we need to consider going forward”.
The results of the survey will be shared by SAS later in the year. To take part in the survey click here.
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