The Health and Safety Executive has produced new Guidance on Health and Safety in Docks and Ports.

The HSE state:

“The new guidance (Safety in Docks: Approved Code of Practice and guidance – L148) replaces the existing Approved Code of Practice (COP25) which has been withdrawn as part of the revocation of the Docks Regulations 1988.

This Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) is more concise and will 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. Topics covered include Workplace Transport, Falls from Height and Lifting Operations. The new ACoP has been developed to address both the larger end of the industry as well as those engaged in dock work in smaller locations (e.g. small harbours, quays, etc).

The ACoP is supplemented by the Safety in Ports guidance sheet series which has been produced by Port Skills and Safety (PSS) with support from Unite and HSE. These sheets are endorsed by HSE and are freely available via both the HSE and PSS websites. These sheets together with the new ACOP will deliver a comprehensive and coherent package of guidance for the industry”.


A summary of the guidance and changes can be found here

The Approved Code of Practice can be found here

General Guidance on health and safety in docks and ports can be found here

One comment

  1. I have working in various docks over the years and it’s great to see ACoPs like this come into effect, even though there is usually some friction for obvious reasons.

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