Shipboard Sanitation

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Shipboard Sanitation is covered in FM 55-501, Chapter 2, paragraph 64-69. Cleanliness and sanitary conditions are essential since personnel aboard ship live and work in restricted quarters. The health of each crew member is the concern of all aboard, as any infection or unhealthy habit can affect the overall health or efficiency of the crew. High sanitary standards must be met to protect the crew from infection and illness. Conditions aboard the ship should include adequate cleaning and laundry facilities, adequate locker space for each member of the crew, clean and orderly quarters, recreation facilities separate from the crew’s sleeping quarters, adequate ventilation and temperature control in the crew’s quarters, enough storage space for refrigerated foods, dry storage, vegetables, and dairy products, proper food handling and storage, a daily balanced diet for the crew, rodent control (rat guards should be used on the mooring lines and traps, if required, should be used on board the vessel), insect control (cleanliness and the use of powders, insecticides, and fumigation), and water purification (water will be chlorinated if there is any doubt of its purity). Personal hygiene is something that must be done by each crew member. Aboard ship, crew members can do this by wearing clean and dry clothing, bathing at least once a day, washing their hands after using the toilet facilities, keeping their fingernails and toenails clean and clipped, brushing their teeth after every meal or at least once a day, getting proper sleep and rest, and doing some type of physical exercise on a daily basis. Using improper or careless procedures when taking potable water (water suitable for drinking) aboard ship can result in contaminated water being introduced into the drinking water system. The following describes the operational procedures that will be followed to provide for the safe and sanitary intake of water aboard ship. Potable water hoses will be labeled “potable water...
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