Project Work

MATRIX of Safety in Ports Guidance Document References as at 29 August 2014

This document lists all of the references from the suite of Safety in Ports joint PSS/HSE Guidance documents with links to the relevant web pages

We will review this document periodically, but the reader is advised to check for the latest version of any regulations or guidance

Link to the matrix

2012 Marine Accident Study Published

Since March 2011 a pilot scheme has been underway to collect reportable marine incident data. The aim is to demonstrate an effective statistical mechanism for the collection and presentation of port marine safety data.

The project was started by the DfT and collected data for the period 2005 to 2009. Since 2012, PSS has taken the reins and collected 2010 and 2011 data. This report covers 2012.

Consultation on draft of British Standard 7121-2-9: Inspection Maintenance and Thorough Examination of Cargo Handling and Container Cranes

This consultation is likely to be of interest to Engineering, Safety, Operations and Training managers.

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  • consultation draft of British Standard 7121-2-9: Inspection Maintenance and Thorough Examination of Cargo Handling and Container Cranes
  • optional summary document offered to help with the consultation.

The consultation closing dat

Marine Pilot NOS Approved on National Database

Following the industry wide consultation at the end of 2011, the revised National Occupational Standards for Marine Pilotage have been approved by Industry and the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA).

The NOS were then submitted to and approved by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and were loaded onto the national database at the end of February 2012.

The NOS can be found at:…

Marine Pilot NOS Open for Consultation!

As the industry training organisation, PSS is custodian of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for ports.

One of the NOS in the portfolio is the Marine Pilot NOS (MPNOS), which have just been reviewed. An expert team has worked through the existing MPNOS and re-drafted them and we now need your assistance to review this new draft.

We are looking for the widest range of views and if you consider yourself to be a stakeholder in the port industry we would be delighted to hear from you.

The NOS are attached to this story.

Harbour Master National Occupational Standards

PSS is custodian of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for ports. The portfolio includes NOS for Harbour Masters.

2010 Half-Year Accident Statistics Request for Information

Members are invited to supply half-year accident statistics for January to June 2010 as part of a programme to enhance the benefits that members receive from accident statistics analysis.

This work will directly inform the PSS safety programme for 2011.

2010 Half-Year Accident Statistics Request"

Please note that you will need to be logged-in to access the form and guidance.

2009 Port Accident Statistics - 20% Reduction in Reportable Accidents

The port Accident Statistics for 2009 have been collated and are published on the Members’ area of the website.

The statistics cover RIDDOR accidents, breaking them down by RIDDOR category, accident type, accident location and month.

The total reportable accident numbers remain low in comparison with recent years and this year we are delighted to report a 20% reduction in the overall incident rate against 2008 figures.

Fatalities have remained flat at zero for the second year running and there has been an overall improvement on major’s, over 3 day accidents, and dangerous occurrences.

Ports Foundation Degree Framework Published

Following extensive consultation with the Port industry and a highly successful partnership with foundation degree forward (fdf), the national body that supports the development and validation of high quality Foundation degrees, PSS has launched the first Ports Foundation Degree Framework

Whole Body Vibration in Ports

PSS have been working with interested members the HSE and the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) on a project to produce a series of generic assessments on Whole Body Vibration (WBV)for specific items of port plant.