The company I work for is strongly considering a policy that will no longer allow us to use knives. I know that as a Mariner it has been ingrained in us to always carry a knife. It was a requirement at the academy to always have your knife on you at all times. Even entry level mariners entering the workforce through apprenticeships are told to always carry a knife.
I have heard that some of the larger shipping companies as well as the offshore oil industry have gone to a “No knife policy”. My question is:
Has anyone had any experience with this sort of policy? If you have had to deal with such a policy, have you come across situations where there is a better tool for the job? Or you really wished you had it?
I have my mind made up about how I feel, but not enough to loose my job over. I believe they will still allow us to carry them for emergencies only, but I would like to go back to the company with industry wide feedback. So any of your thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.