The terminals of the Port of Bordeaux host many activities that can succeed each other, crossover and that, in many cases, have to share the same space. However, a few simple rules make it possible to control such interference and ensure the safety of all.
Moving around the port safely
The Highway Code applies to all traffic lanes within the port area. Road markings and police signs indicate rights of way. The speed limit is 40 km/h for light vehicles and 20 km/h for heavy goods vehicles unless stated otherwise. The docks and quay levels are not traffic lanes; handling is the priority there. Access roads provide access to the docks from the traffic lanes. The parking of vehicles is prohibited on railways, crane paths and traffic and feeder lanes which must be kept clear at all times. The movement and parking of any vehicle is strictly forbidden on the electrical supply channels to the quayside cranes.
Pedestrian traffic is prohibited on the quay levels and handling areas to persons not involved in the operation. The wearing of high visibility clothing and protective footwear is mandatory in these areas. Similarly, access to buildings, warehouses and areas delineated by mark-up is also forbidden without authorisation. In order to guard against the risk of falls into the water, the movement of pedestrians is – except for special measures – prohibited at less than 1.50 m from the edge of the docks.
For the well-being of all, rubbish tipping and the cleaning of lorry skips are not allowed in the port area.
Working in a port area
Any work in a port area is subject to prior authorisation from the ordering party. Before each intervention, a risk assessment must be carried out by the worker and the ordering party. As appropriate and in accordance with the laws in force, this assessment will be formalised by a prevention plan, a loading/unloading safety protocol or an Individual Health and Safety Risk Prevention Plan.
Prevention measures specific to the operation that integrate risks related to the port environment will therefore have to be implemented. These measures must have the prior approval of the worker, the ordering party and the manager of the area where the work is to take place. In particular, any works intervention in the port area must be subject to a mark-up that is suitable for the environment and the nature and duration of the work.