Consultation on a Draft Marine Guidance Note (MGN) entitled New and Expectant mothers: Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 and Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Medical Certification Regulations 2010)
Draft Marine Guidance Notice The consultation period ends on 05 October 2012.
You are invited to consider and submit any comments on the draft guidance notice: New and expectant mothers; Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 and Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Medical Certification Regulations 2010, which revises and updates the previous guidance published under Marine Guidance Notice 112.
Your comments should be submitted in writing to:
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Seafarer Safety & Health Branch
Bay 1/29 Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
Southampton SO15 1EG
Fax: 02380 329251 or
Freedom of Information Act
Please also note that information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).
If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department.
The Department will process your personal data in accordance with the DPA and in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.
MCA has set out to conduct this consultation in accordance with the following Cabinet Office criteria:
·consult widely throughout the process, allowing a minimum of 12 weeks for written consultation at least once during the development of the policy;
·be clear about what your proposals are, who may be affected, what questions are being asked and the timescale for responses;
·ensure that your consultation is clear, concise and widely accessible;
·give feedback regarding the responses received, and how the consultation process influenced the policy
·monitor your department’s effectiveness at consultation, including through the use of a designated consultation co-ordinator;
·ensure your consultation follows better regulation best practice, including carrying out a Regulatory Impact Assessment if appropriate;
·Should you have any comments or complaints about how this consultation has been conducted please direct them to the MCA’s Consultation Co-ordinator:
Office of the Chief Executive
Bay 3/29, Spring Place
105 Commercial Rd