Occupational Health and Safety in Ports Project

Prompted by concerns around the high number of accidents in ports in the Arab World region, in 2017, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust initiated a pilot project of training of trainers in occupational health and safety in ports.

The Trust worked with the ILO Training Centre in Turin to create and deliver the course to participants from ITF affiliated port workers unions. Participants then provided OHS training to colleagues in their own ports, reaching some 2,251 port workers over 70 training sessions in 16 ports.

Following a round table review in Tunis in November 2018, and widespread consultation, the Trust proposed a new, improved second stage project to the Board of Trustees in May 2019, which was duly signed off.

Phase 2 will be rolled out to participants from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia and Yemen and aims to:

  • Improve mechanisms for workers consultation and participation in relation to OHS
  • Improve capacity for workers representation with stakeholders who manage, regulate, and enforce OHS systems and practices
  • Improve engagement with all workers including casual contract labour, around OHS
  • Build links with the ITF’s Arab World network that supports seafarers in difficulty in ports without ITF inspectors

The curriculum is currently under development with an industry specialist and a team of creative online platform developers with a view to delivering the training in Spring 2020. The final programme will be fully reviewed by industry and union stakeholders and certified by the ILO.

If you are interested in more information about the OHS in Ports project, please email info@seafarerstrust.org

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