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11 April 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970
A New Code of Practice has been developed for safety in ports by the HSE in conjunction with Unite and Port Skills and Safety


The Health and Safety Executive has worked with Port Skills and Safety and the trades union, Unite, to produce a new, simpler Approved Code of Practice and signposting guidance document for the docks industry.

The new guidance (Safety in Docks: Approved Code of Practice and guidance – L148) replaces the existing Approved Code of Practice (COP25) which has been withdrawn as part of the revocation of the Docks Regulations 1988.

This Approved Code of Practice is reportedly more concise and will help duty holders understand what they need to do to comply with the general duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and other relevant regulations. Topics covered include workplace transport, falls from height and lifting operations. The new ACoP has been developed to address both the larger end of the industry as well as those engaged in dock work in smaller locations, e.g. small harbours, quays, etc.

The ACoP is supplemented by the Safety in Ports guidance sheet series which has been produced by Port Skills and Safety (PSS) with support from Unite and HSE. These sheets are endorsed by HSE and are freely available via both the HSE and PSS websites.

Vincent Joyce, the HSE’s Head of Transportation, said: “Although the Docks Regulations are being removed this will not lower safety standards as duty holders will still have to comply with other legislation that provides the same level of protection. Employers who needlessly put workers and the public at risk can still expect to face action from HSE.”

In addition to the new ACoP and guidance, the HSE has updated its Ports website which now includes links to the new ACoP and Safety in Ports guidance sheets.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 11 April 2014


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