This guidance has been collectively produced by the ports industry with the support of the Health and Safety Executive and Unite the Union.
It is intended for companies operating in the UK ports industry with a duty of care and responsibility for the safe design, construction, operation, management and maintenance of ports and terminal facilities and management of port and terminal activities. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.
Following the guidance is not compulsory and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance. If the guidance goes beyond compliance, then this will be clearly identified.
It is Port Skills and Safety (PSS) policy to obtain permission to link to external web sites, and contextual links are provided to such sites where appropriate to the industries business. PSS is not responsible for, and cannot guarantee the accuracy of, information on sites that it does not manage; nor should the inclusion of a hyperlink be taken to mean endorsement by PSS of the site to which it points.
Effect of the revocation of the Docks Regulations 1988 and COP25 ‘Safety in Docks’ on 6 April 2014
The Docks Regulations 1988 were in force from 1 January 1989 to 6 April 2014. COP25 ‘Safety in Docks’ was the accompanying ACOP for the Docks Regulations 1988, which was replaced by a new ACOP L148 ‘Safety in Ports’.
- This Safety in Ports Guidance Document is up to date with the revocation of The Docks Regulations 1988 and introduction of the new ACOP L148.