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NMSA-National Maritime Safety Association

NMSA-National Maritime Safety Association

The National Maritime Safety Association (NMSA) represents the marine cargo handling industry in the United States in safety and health matters arising under various statutes, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act.


The objectives and purposes of the Association are:

  • to aid, advance, assist, encourage, promote and support safety in the marine cargo handling operations;
  • to monitor all federal, state, and local governmental regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over safety in marine cargo handling operations, including but not limited to the U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Coast Guard; and U.S. Department of Transportation; and to advise these agencies, as appropriate, on the views of the industry on regulations and related matters;
  • to cooperate with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, in the development of injury and health statistics in marine cargo handling operations;
  • to act as a clearinghouse for the industry and its members in general on information necessary to help reduce the injuries and illnesses in the marine cargo handling workplace;
  • to monitor legislative developments affecting safety in the marine cargo handling workplace and, when necessary, to take steps to have Congress or other legislative bodies implement sound legislative policy affecting maritime safety and related matters; and
  • to initiate legal action or participate in any court or before any administrative agency in matters affecting the objectives and purposes of the Association.

Latest events

Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Safety Committee Meeting
14 June, 2019

The mission of the Safety Committee is to create a direct link between the SMIA Board of Directors, and professional safety representatives from Member companies, to provide recommendations and assistance with research and development of safety issues that will benefit the membership in reducing accidents.

Human Performance Workshop
19 June, 2019

Register Now! Limited space available for this New Workshop!

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