FirstPort awarded 5Star grading in the British Safety Councils Occupational Health and Safety Audit

15th January 2019
FirstPort awarded 5Star grading in the British Safety Councils Occupational Health and Safety Audit

For a third consecutive year FirstPort has achieved five stars in the Five Star Occupational Health & Safety Audit conducted by the British Safety Council.

The detailed and extensive safety audit was carried out by the British Safety Council in November and December, reviewing and examining our Health and Safety management system. FirstPort scored an exceptional 99.38% rating – an improvement on last year’s  98.9%.

The auditor said: The CEO and senior management team continually drive H&S performance. It is the first pillar in FirstPort’s overall value statements and is truly implemented from the top. The fact that the H&S Director is a member of the Executive Board helps to reinforce the positive culture and strong leadership.”

Nigel Howell, Chief Executive of FirstPort said: “Achieving the five star grading is outstanding, but achieving it three years in a row is exceptional. It is a great honour to achieve such a high grading from the British Safety Council, which has a world-wide reputation, and great recognition of the hard work of FirstPort staff. We put Health and Safety at the heart of everything we do at FirstPort. Everybody deserves to live and work in a safe environment and we are committed to making sure they do. However, we will strive to achieve 5 Stars again next year and work hard to maintain our standards and continue to lead the field.”

David Parr, Policy and Technical Services Director at the British Safety Council, said: “The award of a five-star grading following our occupational best practice Health and Safety Audit is an outstanding achievement and is reflective of a proactive organisation which is committed to continual improvement in its health and safety arrangements and managing risks to workers’ health, safety and welfare.”

FirstPort underwent a comprehensive, quantified and robust evaluation of its occupational health and safety policies, processes and practices. The audit process included documentation review, interviews with senior management, employees and other key stakeholders, together with sampling of operational activities.