Findings from HSE Review of 18 Scottish Ports

Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 15:39

The attached report was supplied by HSE Scotland from their Scottish ports inspection programme early 2018.  The programme involved 6 Inspectors over an 8 week period.  They visited 18 ports.  1 enforcement notice and 6 notifications of contravention were issued.  The report concludes that: "Overall the industry is clearly making efforts to manage health and safety."

Overall the industry is clearly making efforts to manage health and safety

We believe that the Scottish Ports visited as a group came out of the experience rather well.  The main conclusions were:

  • The interventions were generally well received;
  • Larger employers are aware of and are taking steps to promote ‘Health and Safety Leadership and Worker Engagement in the Ports Industry’;
  • Overall it was noted there is generally a positive approach to employee communication across the board and at some visits there were positive initiatives such as behavioural safety, near miss reporting, ideas for improvement, and evidence of some form of inspection / auditing taking place;
  • The risk profile is significantly different in fixed commercial and industrial ports and docks which are segregated from the public;
  • There are significant challenges at open harbours and ports frequented by members of the public;
  • There are challenges in ensuring the users of quay/harbour sides for work activities adopt adequate health and safety arrangements;
  • There were an equal number of material breaches identified at the visits which were not port specific as opposed to those that related directly to port and docks activities;
  • Regarding mooring bollards, the HSE notice information placed on the Ports Skills and Safety website should be treated with a degree of caution as this related to individual circumstances at one specific site.  At present the general guidance in SIP 005 - GUIDANCE ON MOORING should be followed;
  • There are varying degrees of utilisation of Port Skills and Safety and this should be more widely promoted.

Overall the industry is clearly making efforts to manage health and safety.

varying degrees of utilisation of Port Skills and Safety (which) should be more widely promoted

Attachments

Collated information for Ports and Docks Scotland Intervention Final PDF (170.55 KB) Download
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