Working together, ports in the UK have delivered a hugely successful year. Our industry has shown clear leadership on Safety, Skills, Health, Mental Health and on Health and safety Culture.
We have produced a booklet showing just some of the achievements of our industry in 2018. This is available as a pdf below. Please feel free to share the information and ideas with colleagues and stakeholders.
Together we make ports safer
Since 2000, statutory reportable accidents have reduced by 59%. Simply put, the port sector has become safer. But nobody thinks that the job is done. Our industry has made great progress, but we are now on a plateau. The rate of change has slowed. As with many things in life, the better you get the harder it is to improve.
Risk assessments, elimination or substitution of hazards, engineering and administrative controls etc. have brought us to where we are today. Ports must keep firmly on top of these as the prerequisites for further improvement. But they are not enough to achieve zero harm. You cannot ‘procedure-out’ or ‘train-out’ all accidents.
To attack the remaining 41%, the sector is also focusing on health both physical and mental and also on human factors, values and behaviours. We are seeking to better understand why people do what they do and how to create workplaces that actively promote a positive health and safety culture through leadership, engagement and empowerment.
Wishing you seasons greetings and a happy new year!
We look forward to working with all our stakeholders to deliver an even more successful 2019, continuing our journey to a zero-harm culture where every person in our industry is a health and safety champion!