Hazards in Ports and Docks

Ports and docks can be hazardous workplaces. Some hazards are unique to docks and ships, while others are common in many workplaces, but manifest themselves in unique ways in the docks environment. While every port is itself unique in terms of its physical configuration and range of activities, all work in ports and docks can be carried out safely provided the appropriate risk assessments have been carried out and the necessary control measures are communicated to those concerned, and implemented by them.

The Code of Practice for Health and Safety in Dock Work is aimed at providing practical guidelines on a risk management framework, to help employers, employees and others with duties under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, as amended, and associated Regulations, to identify, assess and control the risks specific to their operations within port and docks facilities.