Ports launch first ever sector-wide health and safety plan

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 09:29

Ports Launch First Ever Sector-wide Health and Safety Plan


Port Skills and Safety, the collective body for Safety and Skills in UK ports, today launched the first ever ports Sector Safety Plan.  This landmark development has been developed by the sector itself and summarises the progress made by the sector, it’s deep ambition to continue and broaden improvement and the key principles that the sector has signed up to achieve this.  

The Sector Safety Plan covers the traditional areas of physical safety – the strong evidence base, policies and procedures needed to continually address safety issues. But, crucially, the Plan extends to the areas of culture, mental well-being and health necessary to take safety performance to the next level.






Chair of Port Skills and Safety Tim Clarke commented that:

The Sector Safety Plan is about demonstrating leadership and commitment on health and safety in our industry together with practical concrete action. We can never be complacent and need to keep working on ways to make our workplaces safer. Port Skills and Safety is proud that port operators have come together to develop the Plan and of industry’s partnership approach on safety with Government, Regulators and Trade Unions.

PSS Chief Executive Richard Steele explains that

The port sector plan recognises that keeping people safe in our industry needs to include health and mental health as well as traditional safety.  By taking a whole person approach and creating a culture of empowerment that makes everyone a safety leader, we aim to ensure that everyone gets to go home safe at the end of their day.  

PSS have also made a hard-hitting video on the dangers of confined spaces and the safe working procedures required freely available. 

Richard Steele continued:

Confined Space accidents have cost many lives at sea and in ports around the world.  This video was previously only available to PSS members, but we have chosen to make it available to all to help improve safety standards in the UK and beyond.

The ports Sector Safety Plan is being launched as part of the Department for Transport’s Maritime Safety Week. Maritime Safety Week is a specific week that provides the opportunity to recognise and highlight all the excellent safety work that already goes on across the Maritime sector, to focus on key specific challenges that the sector faces and to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experience and best practice.

Signing up to the sector plan and locally incorporating the industry targets on Safety, Health, Mental health, Culture & Skills is an important step in collectively raising the working standards within our sector.


Congratulations to the organisations that have been the first to sign up and incorporate the Sector Plan

Sector plan
Sector Plan Signatories as of 30/06/2020


  1. Lerwick Port Authority

  2. Belfast Harbour

  3. Shoreham Port

  4. Bristol Port Company

  5. Port of Blyth

  6. Port of Tyne

  7. Aberdeen Harbour

  8. Peel Ports

  9. Port of Cromarty Firth

  10. Port of Dover

  11. Poole Harbour Commissioners

  12. Harwich Haven Authority

  13. Portico Shipping

  14. Portsmouth International Port

  15. Forth Ports

  16. Cornwall Council

  17. Castlekeep Limited

  18. Port of Workington

  19. Scan Mech Plant limited

  20. Hutchinson Ports, Port of Felixstowe

  21. PD Ports 

  22. Larne Port

  23. Scruttons

  24. Port of Milford Haven

  25. DP World

  26. Associated British Ports

  27. Stena Line

  28. Peterhead Port Authority 

Comments on the Sector Plan, from the senior leadership of these early adopter organisations, include;


I am delighted to confirm that (Port) is very much in support of the PSS initiative you have embarked upon to drive the port sector to the forefront of outstanding health and safety outcomes 


 "It would be my pleasure to formally express my support for the plan. As an organisation, we recognise that people are our most valuable resource and their safety & health is of utmost importance"

 "We recently refreshed our own Health and Safety strategy. Each of the six chief executive priorities and five work streams have been incorporated into our own comprehensive strategy"

 "We look forward to working with industry peers as we collectively work towards further reducing accident rates following the current plateau”

“I fully agreed that our industry needs to work collaboratively to deliver a safer and healthier working environment”

 “It is vital that Ports take the lead in this sector and set the standard for our many port users so that safety can be improved across the entire sector”

“We confirm (port) will fully support the sector plan and measure our targets against the plan – naturally we won’t be shy in giving you feedback as well”


The Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP kicked off Maritime Safety Week 2019 by launching the Department for Transport’s Maritime Safety Action Plan 

To see more of the Minister’s activity throughout the week, be on the lookout for digital content:

  • Twitter: @transportgovuk
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/department-for-transport/
  • #MaritimeSafetyWeek
  • #MaritimeSafetyMatters



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