Ouest Sécurité Marine offers a complete range of lifejackets for recreational and professional use

Regulations governing PPE against drowning

What is PPE against drowning

PPE against drowning is equipment intended to be worn by mariners when exposed, in the course of their activity, to the risk of falling into the sea and drowning. This equipment must make it possible to bring exhausted or unconscious persons in distress at sea to the surface, as quickly as possible, without danger to their health, and support them in a position allowing them to breathe while awaiting rescue. It may have full or partial intrinsic buoyancy, or it may be inflated by means of an automatically or manually released gas, or by mouth

Mandatory annual check

PPE against drowning shall be submitted to a mandatory annual check carried out by a qualified expert (approved contractor or trained personnel). This inspection is mainly carried out to check the condition of the outer lining, the tightness of the inflatable chamber and the condition of the gas cartridge. Once the checks are completed, the next inspection date is written on the equipment and a certificate is issued. This procedure must be recorded in the ship safety register by the employer.

What are the obligations for professional mariners?

Since 2007, it is compulsory for mariners to wear PPE against drowning when exposed to the risk of falling overboard, in particular: during fishing operations, when working at night, in the absence of visibility or in adverse weather conditions, and when travelling in dinghies or other light craft. It is also compulsory to wear this PPE in all circumstances when justified, or deemed necessary by the ship master.

Obligations for employers

As with any other PPE (gloves, helmets, safety boots, etc.), the employer must provide free PPE against drowning (approved) to mariners, adapted to the work to be carried out and for personal use. The ship master must also train and inform mariners on the conditions of use and maintenance of their equipment. In turn, mariners are required to observe these requirements

Mandatory since 2007

Since 2007, lifejackets are part of the compulsory maritime safety equipment. As for any PPE, the rules for the provision and use thereof on board are governed by regulations.

Approved for your safety

PPE is intended to prevent drowning, therefore lifejackets (and all PFDs) are subject to the European standards ISO 12402-1 to 10 defining comfort and buoyancy criteria.

A wide range of brands

Ouest Sécurité Marine distributes and services lifejackets of the following brands: Crewsaver, Marine Pool, Mullion, Ocean Safety, Plastimo.

Our lifejacket models

How to choose a lifejacket?

Ouest Sécurité Marine distributes and services the following brands of waistcoats.
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The adjustment, control and maintenance of water safety equipment is an integral part of the basic safety principles for navigation at sea.

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