Scoring an exceptional 99.38% - an improvement on last year’s 98.8% - the detailed and extensive safety audit was carried out in December and November of 2018 by the British Safety Council.
To achieve out five stars, we underwent a comprehensive, quantified and robust evaluation of our 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.
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.”
The British Safety Council campaigns tirelessly to protect workers from accidents, hazards and unsafe conditions, and played a decisive role in the political process that has led to the adoption of landmark safety legislation in the UK. Its members in more than 60 countries are committed to protecting and improving the wellbeing of workers, believing that a healthy and safe work environment is also good for business.