08/31/2017

Health, safety and welfare in the container terminal industry

In recent years, various contributing factors have led to the development of a
global network of specialised container terminals operated by both national and
global logistics companies. The consequences of this development for workers'
experience of safety, health and working conditions in container terminals have
rarely been the subject of systematic study.

Together with the International Transport Workers' Federation, the authors
carried out a preliminary study1 for the International Transport Workers'
Federation on the features of these companies' structure, organisation and
operation that influence occupational health and safety (OHS) arrangements and
outcomes. This preliminary study provided a starting point for the present
research, which focused on the relationship between organisational arrangements
for health, safety and welfare in container terminals and their wider national,
regulatory, business and labour relations contexts.

The researchers examined health and safety arrangements in container terminals
operated by national and global logistics companies in several countries. The
aim of the research was to:
- provide a better understanding of workers' experiences of these arrangements
in container terminals in different parts of the world
- assess the effectiveness of the arrangements
- examine the wider determinants of both the nature of such experiences and the
effectiveness of the arrangements in place to protect health and safety.

The research team examined two main questions:
- what determines the health and safety outcomes and experiences of workers in
container terminals?
- what are effective managerial strategies to improve this experience?

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work