A workshop on 7 April will gather practitioners, legislators, consultants and other interested parties from across industry to debate and develop good practice in cargo handling worldwide.

HSE’s Science and Research Centre will work with ICHCA to improve port and terminal safety standards. The workshop will also address issues of global significance, as well as build on incident data gathered by ICHCA and the sectors approach to health and safety garnered from a roll-out “pilot” of the HSE Safety Climate Tool.

The Safety Climate Tool can be used to assess the attitudes of individuals within an organisation towards health and safety issues and delivers an objective measure of safety culture.

Chairman of ICHCA International, John Beckett commented on the occasion:

Despite dramatic improvements in the safety record for handling marine cargoes in ports over the last 20 years, the reduction in incidents has stagnated and there have been over 200 fatalities since the start of 2018. As safety professionals across the port and related industries, this is not a level we should feel comfortable with, especially when compared to the progress achieved in other sectors over the same period. As the leading voice in cargo handling, ICHCA International is determined to discover and develop new approaches, in partnership with the rest of the port sector, that will improve this situation