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 Health & Safety

Occupational Health and Safety is both an individual and shared responsibility of ALL: employees, port users, contractors, visitors and customers. All people who enter the port must comply with the Authority's health and safety procedures. In the interest of your own safety and the safety of others, please read and follow the guidelines below. 

The Port of Mombasa is a Controlled Area:

Only those persons on authorized business within the Port may have access. Access to the port will only be granted on presentation of a valid Port Pass. 




All persons shall ensure: -

They take reasonably practicable precautions for their own safety, safety of others and property;

Strict adherence to safety signs and posters;

They do not operate defective machinery/equipment/plant;

Cleanliness is observed while in the port;

Litter is placed in the litterbins provided;

No indiscriminate disposal of refuse and foul wastes within the Authority's premises;

All the rules governing housing estates are observed;

No unauthorized constructions/structures within the Authority's jurisdiction;

There is no pollution to the atmosphere, land and marine environment;

Use of appropriate personal protective equipment/clothing;

There is no interference or destruction of flora and fauna;

There is no hawking in the Authority's premises;

Sanitary facilities are not misused;

No indiscriminate disposal of wastes including human/animal in the yards and other open spaces and housing estates;

Personal hygiene is adhered to;

The relevant legislation concerning a docking vessel is enforced;

No smoking in the oil terminals, yards, sheds, workshops, general and public offices. 


Smoking or use of open fires is not allowed inside the sheds, stores, at oil terminals, on board ships and workshops.

Flammable substances are stored in a designated 'No Smoking' area.

All electrical fittings are properly secured and insulations are not damaged.

All portable electrical heaters, hot plates and cookers are placed away from combustible materials and are switched off and plugs removed from the sockets when not in use.

All electrical and electronic appliances including air conditioners, computers, fans and unnecessary lights are switched off when leaving the office.

All waste papers and combustible materials are put in waste bins;

Smoldering materials are not disposed off into the waste bins and refuse chutes;

Emergency exits and passageways are not obstructed;

All fires are reported to the fire station even after they have been extinguished for record and necessary measures to prevent recurrence; 



All persons driving in the Port must ensure that:

Entry and movement of vehicles is duly authorized;

Vehicles are roadworthy;

Vehicles are insured;

Vehicles must have hazard triangle sign;

Vehicles working at the Container Terminal display suitable amber flashing warning lights and/or hazard warning lights;

Container carrying trucks must be fitted with serviceable twist-locks;

They do not encroach onto hatched areas or yellow lines denoting plant runways;

Vehicles do not have defective anchorage points, twist-locks and/or weak bodies;

Vehicles carrying steel coils should have appropriate steel cradles and lashed firmly using wires or chains plus turnbuckles;

They remain in their vehicles except when being loaded/offloaded;

Commercial vehicles are fitted with appropriate reflectors both front and rear;

They do not cause obstruction to roadways or passageways within the Port and its environs;

They observe the speed limit of 50kph along Kilindini road and 30kph along internal roadways and in all working areas;

Vehicles are parked at authorized places only;

Road signs are observed and traffic flow systems adhered to;

All accidents are promptly reported to the Port Police and Kenya Ports Authority Safety Office and Port Facility Security Office;

They meet any costs arising from any obstruction or damage to property;

All cargo carrying trucks must comply with KPA truck checklist requirements.

All motorcycle riders must ensure:

They wear appropriate helmets;

They do not enter the container terminal and other operational areas;

They park at designated areas only;


All persons shall ensure that: -

They observe railway-crossing signs;

They keep clear of railway lines, roads and passageways;

They slow down before crossing over and avoid moving/walking along the railway lines;

They park more than 2 meters away from the railway lines;

They do not cross railway lines by passing underneath or climbing over wagon couplings;

During shunting no one rides on poles or wagon buffers;

During coupling, no person shall go between the wagons or other vehicles to attend to couplings unless the wagons are brought to a complete standstill; 


Care should always be taken while driving on the port and speeds reduced appropriate to the conditions.

Remember, heavy cargo handling equipment may be encountered in all areas at any time.

Cargo handling equipment has restricted visibility and motor vehicles should pull over, give way or stop to ensure maximum clearance. 


Parking is confined to designated parking areas.

Under no circumstances are vehicles permitted to drive along the berths past working vessels. 


All contractors working in the port must undergo safety Induction prior to commencing work. Please consult the safety office.


All persons entering or working in operational areas must wear a helmet, reflective jacket and safety shoes. Additional safety clothing shall be worn as required by hazards persons are exposed to in line with the KPA health and safety policy. 


All fires, emergencies, accidents, oil spills, chemical leaks, vandalism or damage should be immediately reported to the:

Safety Office        +254-705-622444

Port fire brigade   +254-41-2113000 or +254-710-870000

Security Control   +254-721-970440