Health and Safety

The health and safety of our employees and all visitors, contractors and members of the public who visit our places of business is of the utmost importance to us. Our safety culture is underpinned by the application of five strategic health and safety drivers:

  • Simplification of safe systems of work,
  • Education in safe working techniques for every employee,
  • Engineering safety into our equipment and processes,
  • Engagement on safety issues and with all employees and
  • Enforcement of safe systems of work through monitoring and audit.

We have a Group Health and Safety Policy Statement that demonstrates our commitment to health and safety.

Our safety programme is called "Safety First" and is aimed at cultural and behavioural change to further promote safety. At the heart of the campaign is our Safety Charter, developed in consultation with our employees. The charter has five guiding principles:

  • We are committed to working in partnership to achieve the aim of no injuries to anyone at any Forth Ports premises
  • We believe that no job is more important than any person's health and safety
  • We will never knowingly walk past an unsafe act or condition
  • We will demonstrate our commitment to high levels of safety by our own behaviour
  • We will establish a culture of tolerance

Professional support and guidance is provided to the business by Health and Safety Managers; and we strive for continued improvement year on year.

The ports were successful in maintaining their 5 star safety status in 2011; and in 2010 both Scottish Operations and the Port of Tilbury were awarded prestigious safety awards, Sword of Honour, of which only 40 are awarded globally each year.

Safety Forums take place regularly across the Group; and we continue to be involved with Port Skills and Safety (PSS), the industry body charged with promoting high standards of health and safety and skills competence.

2017 will be a busy cruise season for Scotland and London

Ports of Leith, Rosyth, Dundee and Tilbury

London Container Terminal handles in excess of half a million containers per year

Port of Tilbury

Ideally located for high quality support facilities for the North Sea Oil & Gas industry

Port of Leith

Hyundai import all their UK 75k cars per annum via the Port of Tilbury

Port of Tilbury

Scotland's largest container port, Grangemouth handles around 9m
tonnes of cargo per year

Port of Grangemouth

The Port of Rosyth's heavy lifting capability was underlined with the arrival of deck sections for the new Forth crossing

Port of Rosyth

Scotland's premier jack-up, deep sea servicing and decommissioning port

Port of Dundee

Forth Ports manages and operates an area of 280 square miles of navigable waters' River Forth and Tay

Forth Bridges


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