PSS SiP Impact Challenge

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 10:25

The Safety in Ports (SiP) Impact Challenge, a further step towards zero harm in our industry, was launched by PSS Deputy Chair David Brown at the BPA Annual Conference in Belfast.  The challenge is to step up the effectiveness and reach of our SiP Guidance.  To get the codified best practice from our hard won triple-badged industry-HSE-Unite documents into the DNA not only of ports but also their delivery partners, tenants, users and suppliers.  

 

SiP Impact Logo

The Challenge...

...comes in two parts:

  1. Hold a meeting with stakeholders in your organisation to consider how you use SiP Guidance now and what you could do new with it
  2. Share what you do and lessons learnt with our industry through PSS

The Challenge may include setting out how you incorporate the SiP Guidance into: procedures, manuals, policies, safe systems of work, toolbox talks, risk assessment reviews, training, communication, coordination and cooperation with tenants, users, vessels, agents, suppliers and a whole raft of others.

 

Engage others in our industry...

Many port related accidents occur outside of member-controlled operations.  We need to engage the wider port constituency in the same standards that our member ports are committed to.  

The SiP (Safety in Ports) tripartite guidance documents are created with safety champions from numerous ports, Unite the Union and the regulator Health & Safety Executive. This hard-won working relationship has produced and updated a record number of guidance documents within the last two years.  Every Conference delegate at Belfast was provided with a credit card sized USB with copies of the guidance documents in all the delegate bags. This helps for easy dissemination of the documents within organisations

SiP documents
Newly Updated SiPs and now all available online and in a memory card for easy portability

HSE view

HSE have commended our industry for the inclusive approach to and quality of the SiP Guidance, placing ports well ahead of some other UK industries in this area.  But they have also firmly reminded us that the real effects come from it being used.  At the recent PSSG meeting in Bristol, Nicola Jaynes, Health and Safety Executive and PSS Guidance group member called upon our industry to ensure that this industry-leading best practice is integrated more fully into operations across ports and related parties on port estates. 

Industry response to SiP Impact Challenge

We are delighted to report that Belfast Harbour Commissioners were the first port to conduct a review meeting and respond to the SiP Impact Challenge. In a brilliant display of safety leadership, Belfast Harbour Commissioners conducted a meeting with their stakeholders within days and provided PSS and members with the lessons learnt and ideas for further integrating the codified best practice from the tripartite guidance documents deeper into organisational DNA.  Their work is summarised below.

Belfast Harbour

Following our internal meeting, the following actions were recommended:

  1. Incorporate the SiPs into our Register of Legislation and other requirements (Compliance)
  2. Incorporate into BHC Health and Safety Policy Statement (CEO)
  3. Publicise via the website/social media (CSR & Communications)
  4. Publicise via Port Operational Notice (Harbour Master)
  5. Reinforce at General Stevedore meeting (Port Division/Compliance)
  6. Incorporate reference into the online Port Induction (Compliance)
  7. Use as a reference point for internal H&S audits (Compliance)
  8. Conduct a gap analysis against our current H&S Strategy and Action Plan to ensure alignment (Compliance).

 

What we would like from you...

Please get involved in the SiP Impact Challenge

  1. Hold a meeting with stakeholders in your organisation to consider how you use SiP Guidance now and what you could do new with it
  2. Share what you do and lessons learnt with our industry through PSS