New guidance has been published to help improve the safety of dock workers.
The simpler Approved Code of Practice and signposting guidance document for the docks industry is the product of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
It has worked with Port Skills and Safety as well as Unite to come up with Safety in Docks: Approved Code of Practice and guidance – L148.
The existing Approved Code of Practice (COP25) has been withdrawn as part of the revocation of the Docks Regulations 1988.
The new code is more concise and aims to help dutyholders understand what they need to do to comply with the general duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and other relevant regulations.
It has been developed to address both the larger end of the industry as well as those engaged in dock work in smaller locations, like small harbours and quays.
“The removal of the regulations is part of a package of revocations that streamline and clarify the regulatory framework,” said HSE’s Head of Transportation Vincent Joyce.
“This will enable businesses to concentrate on the things that matter and
improve the workplace protection for employees and others. Employers who needlessly put workers and the public at risk can still expect to face action from HSE.”
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