Although a national working condition law, the so-called Arbo-law, is approaching the Dutch fisheries. Without going into details, but with emphasis on safety integrated vessel designing, in this paper three pressing groups of personal safety aspects will be discussed and the state of the art of the research activities given, viz. bridge-, decklayout and noise control. Because safety problems are always occurring on neighbouring fishing vessels, attention is paid to a new research methodology in this field, developed by the Safety Science Group of the Delft University of Technology and applied to beamtrawler design in close co-operation with RIVO as fishery expert consultants. Only then clear insights will be gotten in redesigning beamtrawlers on these aspects.