Cargo handling best practice handbook publishedPublications // February 9, 2015
A cross industry workgroup has published the latest edition of the ‘Best Practice for the Safe Packing and Handling of Cargo to and from Offshore Locations’ Handbook.
The publication, which was developed by participants from a number of leading oil and gas companies, was launched to oil and gas industry representatives at a private event held at oil and gas safety training specialists, Survivex, in Aberdeen.
The release of the updated publication further promotes the significance of establishing cross industry collaboration in line with the recommendations published in the Wood Review last February.
Chaired by ASCO’s Project Manager, Paul Logue, the workgroup has also launched a website alongside the handbook which will act as a central hub for cargo handling best practice.
The site provides access to an electronic version of the publication in addition to an extensive catalogue of relevant industry resources and templates. The handbook is also available as an eBook. Developed with the end users in mind, the new suite of materials allows easy access to this essential information.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Statistics Report for the Ports Industry 2012/13, identified that 37.7 per cent of all incidents reported to HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 act, were associated with lifting and handling activities.
ASCO handles over three million tonnes of outbound deck cargo in support of offshore operations annually. Group CEO Alan Brown said: “Keeping up-to-date with industry guidelines and safe working practices is vital to the company in terms of improving safety performance, operational procedures and the services we provide to our customers.
“The adoption of a cross industry collaborative approach has enabled us to develop a leading-edge supply chain solution securing inbound and outbound compliance with safe and effective logistical working practices.”
Supporter of the handbook, Robert Paterson, health, safety and employment issues director at Oil & Gas UK, said: “The revised and updated Cargo Handling Guidelines are essential reading for all involved in the safe packing of containers and the safe movement of goods and equipment to and from offshore installations. I commend this excellent guidance and all involved in this work.”