New advice for H&S in ports

The document highlights steps that senior managers may wish to take to help constantly develop their role as an effective lead for health and safety The document highlights steps that senior managers may wish to take to help constantly develop their role as an effective lead for health and safety

UK port health and safety organisation Port Skills and Safety (PSS) has teamed up with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Unite the Union to create a document offering guidance to help foster effective health and safety cultures in organisations within the UK port industry.

The document, Health and Safety Leadership and Worker Engagement in the Ports Industry, highlights steps that senior managers may wish to take to help constantly develop their role as an effective lead for health and safety.

The voluntary guidance builds on the Institute of Directors and the HSE’s guidance document Leading Health and Safety at Work, as well as the HSE’s research report Leadership and worker engagement in the ports industry.

Representatives from the UK ports industry, alongside the HSE and Unite the Union, assisted PSS in the creation of the document.

The new guidelines were launched at the Port of Felixstowe, Britain’s biggest container port.

“The guidance provides a clear direction for our industry, sharing learning from those already underway and helping those who are looking beyond compliance to successfully embed health and safety as a core value,” said Tim Clarke, PSS chairman.

Stephen Abraham, the Port of Felixstowe’s chief operating officer, said: “This collaborative effort helps maintain a sharp focus on the importance of strong safety leadership, at all levels of the business, to ensure that we work safely at all times.”

The document is available to download here.

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