More concise safety guidance for dock workers released
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), working in association with the Unite union and Port Skills and Safety (PSS), has released new docks industry safety guidelines.
The Safety in Docks: Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L148) replaces the existing guidance, Approved Code of Practice (COP25). A continuance of the cancellation of Docks Regulations 1988, it aims to offer concise, relevant information.
As well as providing essential information about what adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn, the guidance covers other topics. Lifting operations, falls and on-site transport are all covered and updated according to current regulations.
The new approved code of practice (ACoP) is targeted at the whole industry, not just the larger UK port operations. As such, it applies to duty holders and job holders working in such areas as private quays and smaller harbours.
Working together with the HSE and Unite-backed Safety in Ports guidance documents issued by PSS, it should provide comprehensive and exacting safety guidance.
Discussing the new document, the HSE's head of transportation, Vincent Joyce, said:
“The removal of the regulations is part of a package of revocations that streamline and clarify the regulatory framework. This will enable businesses to concentrate on the things that matter and improve the workplace protection for employees and others.”
Joyce went on to say that safety standards across the board will be at least maintained as at present levels, with swift action being taken by the HSE should companies or individuals fail to comply.