P&O Ferrymasters has a long established Driver Training Programme in the UK, dating back to 1997. The Driving Training Package has evolved over time changing its focus and content to focus on the most relevant industry safety issues. At the beginning of 2013, P&O Ferrymasters was approved to run Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and Code 95 training sessions in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The course is focused on Safe Steel Transport. As a logistics partner of various steel-related companies, P&O Ferrymasters has vast experience in steel transport.
Steel transportation brings high risks. Extra attention is required from drivers on safety issues, especially when loading and unloading, securing the load and preparing or closing up the trailer. The training aims to minimise these hazards and increase safety awareness among drivers.
The training counts for seven theory hours of the mandatory 35 hours every professional driver must complete by 1st September 2014 in the UK and by 1 January 2016 in the Netherlands.
The training is delivered by experienced drivers, through presentations, videos, exercises and discussions. It covers the following topics:-
- Introduction - Why safety?
- Safety principles (personal and equipment standards; loading and unloading safety; assessing risk; working at height; manual handling)
- Safe tractor and trailer operation
- Basic principles of load restraint
- Communication and the reporting
P&O Ferrymasters also continues to offer a concise non-CPC Driver Training package.
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