This new standard, ISO 45001, was only published in March this year and organisations have three years to make the transition from the current standard OHSAS 18001. The Port is among one of the first organisations globally to have undergone a robust audit and as a result holds conformity to the new standard, with no concerns or advisories made.
Some of the key points from the audit were:
• Strong leadership
• Good participation from the workforce in health and safety matters
• Good level of communication on matters of health and safety
• A clear understanding of interested parties needs
• The capacity to continually improve
Driving the quality standards for Portsmouth International Port is John Feltham, systems standards compliance manager, who last year was recognised as Quality Professional of the Year by the Chartered Quality Institute.
John said: “Everyone worked incredibly hard to make this transition and we had a core team made up of the deputy harbour master, engineering manager and the duty operations management team. I’m proud that we’re among the first in the world to achieve conformity to this new standard.
“It’s even more important to us to demonstrate our skills in regards to health and safety, as this is something all organisations should have as their number priority.
“Our approach is to always continually develop and learn, and to never to be complacent, so while we’re delighted with our current position we’ll be keeping our options open to continually improve.”
Carla Whyte, UK Senior Client Propositions Manager at BSI commented: “Achieving conformity to the new international health and safety standard will bring huge benefits to organizations of all sizes and sectors.
"It will help businesses to provide a safe and healthy workplace for workers and other people, reduce work-related injury and ill-health as well as continually improving occupational health and safety performance and enhancing organizational resilience.
"Portsmouth International Port should be delighted that they have achieved this, which is testament to the commitment of the whole team.”