Quick guide to health and safety in ports

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This leaflet is highlights the main hazards found in ports and outlines what you need to do to comply with the law. It is mainly aimed at employers and other dutyholders but it should be helpful to all those carrying out work in ports. This includes stevedores, visiting drivers and also anyone who may work at docks occasionally.

Some of the specialised and high-risk activities associated with handling dangerous goods and hazardous cargoes at docks are not covered.


Due to the revocation of the Docks Regulations 1988 and withdrawal of Safety in Docks COP25, the Quick Guide to Health and Safety in Ports is currently under review and will be revised in summer 2014.

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Updated: 2022-06-27