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The Seafarers’ Personal Protective Equipment project is run by Solent University in collaboration with CHIRP Maritime. The project explores seafarers’ experiences of using personal protective equipment (PPE) on-board ships. PPE is vital in reducing the risk of workers experiencing injuries, yet we know anecdotally and from our own experience that PPE at sea is not always fit for purpose. For some workers, boiler suits can be much too large, causing a safety hazard in itself, for others safety boots are ill fitting resulting in painful blisters and cuts. We know that when PPE is not comfortable or practical to wear, workers are less likely to use it. So finding out about seafarers’ day-to-day experiences of using PPE is really important.

Project aim

This project aims to explore a wide variety of seafarers’ day-to-day experience of using PPE onboard.

Survey release

In order to explore seafarers’ experiences of using PPE we need as many seafarers as possible to complete our questionnaire. The more seafarers who complete the questionnaire, the more we can learn about the PPE provided to those working at sea today, any difficulties seafarers are experiencing and how these could be addressed to improve working conditions for seafarers in the future. 

The survey can be accessed at:


If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Dr Helen Devereux at

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