Ports and harbors are an integral part of coastal communities in East Asia. They serve as centers of economic development and activity and as the doorway to domestic, regional and international markets. Nine of the top ten busiest container ports (by volume) are in East Asia.
As part of their business operations, port operators must manage safety and environmental risks including the potential for disruption of operations from social or environmental incidents. Poor health and safety performance and damage to coastal ecosystems can negatively impact a port's reputation and its bottom line.
The PSHEM Code provides port authorities and other industry players with a voluntary standard to measure the performance of their operations with regard to quality, safety, health and environmental sustainability.
The PSHEM System Certification formally acknowledges ports that meet the requirements of the PSHEM Code and confirms effective implementation of the system, highlighting performance excellence and continuous improvement.
Three levels of certification are available:
- Level 1 - Compliance: Integrated management system for PSHEM developed and implemented, compliant with the requirements of the PSHEM Code and consistent with the requirements of ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9001.
- Level 2 - Proficiency: Significant progress in building sound processes and superior results demonstrated.
- Level 3 - Performance Excellence: High level of excellence in PSHEM performance achieved.
Ports that successfully implement the PSHEM Code—including examples in the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Bangkok Port and Laem Chabang Port (Thailand), Port of Iloilo and Port of Cagayan de Oro (Philippines)— enjoy a number of benefits:
- Improved operational efficiency and cost savings;
- Reduction in accidents and environmental damage;
- Improved system of safety, health and environmental governance to control private terminal operators;
- Improved handling of dangerous cargoes and waste materials; and
- Reduction in safety, health and environmental risk through improved access control in the port.