Code of practice for health and safety in port operations

This code of practice covers safety precautions for port operations and gives recommendations for the better prevention of accidents, incidents, serious harm and injury.

It also covers the wellbeing of employees and all other persons engaged in, or in the vicinity of, port operations.

This code of practice includes these topics:

  • making work a safe place eg how to safely access a ship’s hold, cargo deck or crane
  • using machinery safely
  • using lifting machinery, appliances and loose gear
  • providing facilities for staff, eg drinking water
  • an employee’s own health and safety responsibilities
  • hazard management
  • emergency plans and first aid preparedness

This code does not include health and safety matters relating to the safety of a ship itself or a ship’s own equipment, eg cargo loading and unloading equipment.

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