Safer Ports Initiative
Following the success of the Safer Ports Initiative (SPI1) there has been overwhelming support within the ports industry to maintain the improvement in health and safety standards through the creation of a second phase of the Initiative.
A brief summary of the Initiative is laid out below. For information about the first phase of the Initiative, details of the current phase, or for information on the regional events that will be taking place, please view the dedicated website for the Safer Ports Initiative at: www.saferports.org.uk.
Safer Ports Initiative 2 (SPI 2)
Safer Ports Initiative 2 was launched on 10 May 2006, on HQS Wellington, London. Around 80 senior representatives from throughout the ports industry attended the launch, to lend their support to the Initiative and demonstrate the wide commitment to achieve continuous improvement. The speakers at the launch included senior representatives from government, the Health and Safety Commission, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, trade unions and industry, reflecting the partnership approach to the Initiative.
Research identified that a focus on improving skills to enhance health and safety and business performance was a significant factor in the success of the Safer Ports Initiative. Accordingly, SPI 2 will focus on promoting the business case for an integrated approach to health, safety and skills through the central themes of:
- Sensible risk management
- Industry standards, qualifications and training opportunities
- Worker involvement
- Sharing good practice and partnership working
As part of SPI 2, a series of regional events will be held around the UK to promote the themes of the Initiative. Further information about the regional events can be seen on the SPI website.