The launch of a three-stage occupational safety and health education (OSH) programme for port workers has been announced by the ITF Seafarers Trust (ITF) on 23 January in Aqaba, Jordan.
The training uses a mobile phone app as well as face-to-face and on-location exercises. The app will consist of five modules, including; an overview of the international legal framework governing OSH in ports, ‘How and Why Things Go Wrong’, ‘Hazard Identification’, ‘How to Control’ and ‘Information and Communication’. It takes a fictional port environment and leads users through different scenarios to raise the level of awareness around health and safety matters and increase their ability to recognise good practice and to ask good questions.
The training is designed to increase worker participation in the OSH agenda, complementing company initiatives, where they exist, creating a safer environment for both dockers and seafarers visiting the ports.
The training programme will be rolled out in the ITF Arab World covering 31 ports in 12 countries, these being: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia and Yemen.
The ITF believes the programme has the potential to reach some 60,000 workers by engaging with approximately 36 ITF affiliated dockers trade unions in the region.