Stansted first in safety health check
27 April 2010
London Stansted has become the first airport operator in the UK to obtain the OHSAS18001, an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.
The benchmark, that compliments the ISO14001 status held by the airport since 2005 for environmental management, is a major achievement for Stansted, and makes it the only airport in the UK to have hold both standards.
“Following a nine month implementation programme and rigorous independent assessment, we are delighted to become the first UK airport operator certified to this international standard for health and safety management systems,” said the airports Managing Director, David Johnston.
“The transparency and independence of the external inspections required to gain OHSAS18001 status clearly demonstrates the kind of culture we are building at Stansted. We want to make a public commitment to deliver the best possible standards, and achieving this certification marks a clear step forward to achieving this ambition.
“Certification to OHSAS18001 commits us to a path of continuing improvement, but maintaining it will only be made possible through the commitment and dedication of many staff across the business, so I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts to date and for their continuing support as we move forward.”
The independent assessors noted a series of initiatives developed by BAA at Stansted, including new procedures in security to reduce physical demands on officers manually handling passenger hand luggage. Also, the introduction of ‘near miss boards’ designed to encourage staff to report health and safety hazards, to increase the number of risks identified and reduce the risk of an actual even or accident occurring.
Notes to Editors:
- OHSAS18001 was awarded to BAA at Stansted Airport by independent assessors, ERM (Environmental Resources Management) following a nine month implementation programme and rigorous assessment.
- BAA at Stansted Airport achieved ISO14001 accreditation for environmental management in November 2005.