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All of the people working at the port area should pay attention to proper PPE and working methods.  

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All people present at the port area are required to use high-visibility clothing bearing a CE marking (Gov. Decree 633/2004). People working in the area or staying there for some time must additionally wear safety footwear and a protective helmet (CE EN 397). When working near cranes, at quay and warehouse areas, eye protection must additionally be used. People involved in vessel mooring and unmooring are required use all of the aforementioned, plus approved life jackets. Supervision over correct use, functionality, and condition of the protective equipment is arranged by the foremen and the on-duty port supervisor.

Life-saving equipment in the quay

In the quay, there is an orange lifebuoy equipped with a floating rope, a ladder equipped with a support bracket at its upper end, and a round-tipped boat hook at intervals if 100 metres. In the quay edge, in addition, there are several fixed ladders leading up to the quay, painted in a highly visible colour and equipped with a handle on their upper end on the quay.

Safe working

Quays, warehouses, grounds, and walkways must be kept in the condition necessary for safe working. At least 1.2 metres of free space must be provided along quay edge. When working on top of loads higher than 1.5 metres or under other circumstances involving the danger of falling, the open edge must be protected or the danger otherwise prevented – through use of a safety harness, for example.

Regardless of the vessel size, at least two persons must carry out the mooring and unmooring at any given time. The supervisor responsible for the loading and unloading and the master of the vessel must make sure together that each work stage can be carried out safely and that the communication and information flow between the parties is adequate. Special attention must be paid to procedures to be followed in case of incidents and emergencies. In the course of loading or unloading works, no other operations generating loud noise, dust, gas or other substances of the kind are allowed in the working environment.

 

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