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WHO Guide to Ship Sanitation

The WHO Guide to Ship Sanitation has become the official global reference on health requirements for ship construction and operation. Its purpose is to standardise the sanitary measures taken in ships, to safeguard the health of travellers and workers and to prevent the spread of infection from one country to another.

The Guide was first published in 1967 and amended in 1987. The revised third edition of the Guide has been prepared to reflect the changes in construction, design and size of ships since the 1960s and the existence of new diseases (e.g. Legionnaires’ disease) that were not foreseen when the 1967 Guide was published.

Water safety on ships is included in the plan of work of the rolling revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality. The issue, which is covered briefly in chapter 6 of the third edition of the Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality, is of considerable international interest. Drinking-water and food safety are, however, addressed in considerable depth in the Guide to Ship Sanitation.

An initial draft of the latest guide has been completed, and is available in the Food & Water Guidelines section

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The FAQ section has been expanded and gives more information about services. The can also be downloaded as a 'pdf' file.