Bristol PSSG Meeting - three takeaways, a challenge to us all

Published: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 09:19

A big thank you to everyone who was involved and able to attend the PSSG meeting, hosted by Bristol Port Company 24-25 September.  We had fifty attendees who saw our own presenters including David Brown Deputy Chair of PSS and both Rean and Josephine from the team, along with welcome guest speakers covering Diving Safety, Plant Safety, Medical Fitness and Leadership. There were, as always, powerful opportunities to network, share and debate.

This was a targeted event which both recognised the achievements of the industry but also set essential challenges to the port community to continuously improve upon.  Our industry has become safer over the last 20 years. The Health and Safety Executive recognise the best practice and pioneering work that ports, the regulator and Unite have done together…

…but everyone in the room also understood that the journey is not done.

 

In a day of constructive challenge, the Health and Safety Executive asked us to build on this firm foundation and to:  

  • Look at ways to ensure Safety in Ports guidance documents are being utilised and that everyone is committed to and following them;

  • Identify opportunities to move forward on worker engagement, especially closer working with unions;

  • Keep working to improve communication and co-operation with vessels to enhance safety for all.

 

For those members who were there and those who were unable to attend, we wanted to send a reminder of three key takeaways from PSSG:

 

Six people have died in workplace fatalities in UK and Republic of Ireland ports this year.  Everyone needs to be actively involved, to 'Think and Do' in order to make sure that there is no seventh.  The Challenge is to shift the angle that we use to look at the things that we do; to see what can be changed and done differently.

 

“The standards that we walk by are the standards that we set".  We can look at ourselves, the standards that we want to set and the standards that we must not walk by.  Good leadership is visible and felt.  It empowers others to be safety leaders too.  

 

PSS is here to make a difference.  What do you want from us to get ideas and challenge out to everyone?  How can we work together to get the shared message from fifty engaged, committed people in the room to twelve thousand people and beyond in our industry?

 

Review and Slides from the 135th PSSG Meeting, Bristol

We were pleased to welcome members to the 135th group meeting at  SS Great Britain Centre Bristol, along with our host The Bristol Port Company. This two-day event had an informative port tour for our members followed by a packed day of contemporary Health, Safety and Skills discussions.

A very special thank you to David Brown, Chief Executive, The Bristol Port Company for the opening address, Mark Coldrick, Health and Safety Manager from Bristol Port, Julie Lock, Colin Smith, Toby Stafford-Deitsch all the Bristol Port Company team. Thanks also to Neil MacMillan from The Professional Diving Academy, Bob Hockham and Simon Palmer from ZoneSafe, Dr Robin Cordell from Cordell Health, Louise Perkins from Weston College, Nicola Jaynes from HM Inspector of Health and Safety for their presentations and to all the staff at Avon Gorge Hotel and SS Great Britain Centre.

Copies of presentations can be downloaded from the links below.

David Brown, The Bristol Port Company, Chief Executive, gave the welcome address and set the tone for the day.  He emphasised the vital importance of effective, visible felt leadership in ports. Calling on all delegates to look at themselves, the standards that they want to set and the standards that we must not walk by.

David Brown PSSG
David Brown, PSS Deputy Chair and Chief Executive of The Bristol Port Company

David made a call to action to look differently at health and safety in our industry.    6 people have died in workplace fatalities in ports in the UK and Republic of Ireland this year.  There is a clear and present challenge to prevent any more.  David asked delegates to Think and Do; to see ways to change.  Delegates were also asked "How can we get the message from fifty people in the room to twelve thousand people and beyond in the industry?"

Rean - PSSG
Rean Da Costa, PSS Operations Manager

Rean Da Costa, PSS Operations Manager, updated members on the Port sector's overall strategy including the 6 priorities for UK ports that have been identified by industry leaders. In addition Rean spoke about the extraordinary rate of completion of Safety in Ports (SiP) guidance with 15 finished, approved and published over the past 18 months. Four more SiPs are currently being reviewed by HSE: Fitness for Work, Safety Induction and training, Safe Container Access and Confined Spaces. Rean also spoke about the holistic 'Whole person' approach to safety that incorporates Core Safety, Skills, H&S culture, Health and Mental Health to best position us to tackle the accident plateau. He also spoke about how the newly launched Port H&S Sector Plan is just a SMART implementation of this complete 'Whole Person' approach to Health & Safety

Whole Person Approach
Whole Person Approach
Port H&S Sector Plan
Port H&S Sector Plan
Josephine - PSSG
Josephine Boyo, PSS Health, Safety and Skills Coordinator

Josephine Boyo, PSS Health, Safety and Skills Coordinator, encouraged members to create an open culture of sharing through PSS safety alerts and member enquiries.

Richard - PSSG
Richard Steele, Chief Executive Port Skills and Safety

Richard Steele, PSS Chief Executive, analysed the accident trends for the port sector in 2018. The Accident statistics report is exclusively collected by PSS for member ports.  Reportable injuries fell from 1.44 per 100 employees in 2017 to 1.32 in 2018, this was a 64% reduction in reportable injuries since 2000.  The long term trend continues to be downward, but over the last 8 years it has been flattening out, the industry remains on a plateau.  The full report is available to members on the PSS web site.

Richard also presented the HSE update on behalf of Nicola Jaynes from HM Inspector of Health and Safety.   Nicola had noted how the port sector was leading the way on action, engagement and sharing when compared with others in the transport sector.  Particularly with our joint badged (PSS, HSE, Unite) guidance and open exchange of safety alerts.  In a day of constructive challenge, the Health and Safety Executive asked us to build on this firm foundation and to:  

  • Look at ways to ensure Safety in Ports guidance documents are being used, that everyone is committed to and following them;

  • Identify opportunities to move forward on worker engagement, especially closer working with unions;

  • Keep working to improve communication and co-operation with vessels to enhance safety for all.
Neil MacMillan - Professional Diving Academy
Neil MacMillan, The Professional Diving Academy

Neil MacMillan from the Professional Diving Academy, discussing the hazards associated with commercial diving in and around the port estate. 

Hockham Palmer PSSG
Bob Hockham and Simon Palmer, ZoneSafe 

Bob Hockham and Simon Palmer talking about ZoneSafe and hazard mitigation for the human/machine interface in ports.

Cordell PSSG
Dr. Robin Cordell, Cordell Health

Dr. Robin Cordell from Cordell Health, discussing the importance and benefits of occupational health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Perkins - PSSG
Louise Perkins, Weston College

Louise Perkins from Weston College, discussing leadership and the importance of good leadership in creating an effective health and safety culture in the workplace.

Maddison PSSG
Jen Maddison, PSSG Chair

We are delighted to announce that Jen Maddison, who stood in for Beth Evans whilst she is on maternity leave, was appointed the new PSSG Chair.

 

Group Photo

 

Thanks once again for all the hard work and dedication from those behind the scenes. 

Thanks to our presenters and guests and to delegates for carving time out of their workload because they want to learn, share and improve standards, together. 

Thanks also to the wider PSS community for your continued participation and engagement.  

 

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATIONS HERE