SIP 006 - Guidance on Bulk Liquids

This guidance has been collectively produced by the ports industry with the support of the Health and Safety Executive.

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’.

  • The latest Safety in Ports Guidance Documents – numbers 002, 004, 011, 012, 013, 014, 015, 016, 019, 020 and 021 – are up to date with the revocation of The Docks Regulations 1988 and introduction of the new ACOP L148.
  • Sip001 to SiP010 were originally produced prior to the revocation of the Docks Regs & withdrawal of COP25 Safety in Docks. These documents are currently under review and will be updated to include reference to the current legal position. In the meantime, the content will still be applicable for use.

Resource Information

Post date 12/05/2017
Code SIP006
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