FirstPort  is delighted to announce it has achieved a five star grading from its Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit conducted by the British Safety Council.

To achieve this the organisation underwent a detailed, quantified and objective evaluation of its occupational health and safety management system. The audit measured FirstPort's performance against a number of key safety management indicators and achieved the highest rating.

Nigel Howell, Chief Executive of FirstPort said:

“Receiving a five star grading is an absolutely outstanding achievement. We put huge emphasis on health and safety and our staff are committed to providing the safest environment they can for our customers in their homes. Having this independent and extremely detailed audit confirm that we are working to the highest of standards gives us great confidence and pride. But far from us resting on our laurels, we know the hard work continues so that we can maintain this standard and continue to lead the field with our health and safety practices.”

The British Safety Council’s Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit provides organisations with a worldwide benchmark of their safety management systems against current best practice to enable continual improvement. The Audit specification was revised in 2013 to include performance measurements in two additional safety management indicators (Leadership and Continuous Improvement) which are continually assessed, alongside other indicators, throughout the audit process.

Within the revised audit, the British Safety Council has placed a greater emphasis on the organisation’s approach to occupational health, employee wellbeing, safety culture, allocation of resources to health and safety and planning for change; all of which are considered important best practice factors.