Safety, Environment & Legislation

Safety Flashes


IMCA safety flashes disseminate important information on incidents and potential hazards and the lessons learnt from them that can help prevent incidents occurring elsewhere in the industry.

In addition to circulating the initial reports, information received from members on incidents is crucial in helping to formulate the various committee work programmes.

A number of workshops, briefing notes and guidance documents have followed on directly from issues first raised in these safety flashes.


All safety flashes from 1997 are available for download.

2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007

2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - 1999 - 1998 - 1997


All members are strongly encouraged to pass on information on incidents and the lessons learnt from them, in order to assist in raising the standards of safe and efficient operations world-wide throughout the industry.

Anyone wishing to contribute a safety flash can download and use this handy template for submitting incidents to IMCA: IMCA Safety Flash template.

Please email the completed template to You can, of course, still send incidents to IMCA in any other form and we will accept them. Use of the template is not mandatory. 

All information is anonymised as needed and checked with contributors before issue.

Dynamic positioning station keeping event bulletins (formerly called DP safety flashes) can be found here.