Early Information Sharing is a PSS priority; aimed at proactively preventing incidents. Safety Alerts are good opportunities for members to review/modify existing safety control measures and are a leading indicator of a positive safety culture.
This Safety Alert has been shared by one of our members to raise awareness of the importance on when a lifejacket should be worn, details are attached.
Lifejackets should be worn when working on or near the river. Port of Tyne policy is for all staff, visitors and contractors to wear a lifejacket when working within 2 metres of a quay edge or when working on or transiting across Port of Tyne pontoons. Lifejackets should also be worn at all times when operating outside (on-deck) of any waterborne Port of Tyne vessel unless the area has enclosed handrails and is deemed safe.
Personnel: Please forward this alert on to colleagues in your port environment including management, supervisory, staff and the wider stakeholders including tenants/suppliers on the port estate.
Distribution: These can then be downloaded, printed and posted at various strategic locations such as workshops, notice boards, staff canteens, smoking areas etc to raise awareness about causes and preventive actions.
Discussions: This safety alert can be further utilised to facilitate safety discussions and stimulate employee safety leadership through toolbox talks, leadership 'Walk the talks' and hazard hunts, just to name a few.
More information can be found below
Special thanks to our member Port of Tyne for sharing this alert with the rest of the industry.