MAG, one of the UK’s largest airport operators, has achieved an internationally recognised five-star award for its occupational health and safety standards – gaining the prestigious certification across all four of its airport sites in the UK.
The British Safety Council’s OHSAS 18001:2007 certification is used to assess the status of an organisation’s occupational health and safety management system, using an internationally recognised defined standard – and aims to ensure that businesses of all types and sizes follow good health, safety and environmental practices.
The British Safety Council is one of the world’s leading advocates of workplace health and safety and has awarded MAG a five-star recommendation for all of its airport sites – Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands Airport and Bournemouth.
The airports were given an independent external review and assessment of their systems by an experienced health and safety practitioner before the award was made. The standard is best suited to organisations wanting to reduce uncontrolled hazards, manage the risk of workplace accidents and ill health and ensure their occupational health and safety arrangements meet both relevant legislative requirements and standard criteria.
The Five Star audit is applied by organisations worldwide to benchmark their safety management system against current best practice, with the Gold awarded to MAG recognising that health and safety systems and arrangements at its four airports meet the required high standards.
Simon Butterworth, MAG’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director, said: “Health and safety is embedded within the culture of our organisation, across all of our airports – and to have gained the British Safety Council’s internationally recognised 5-Star safety award is a very important achievement.
“The aim of this auditing is to ensure the safety management system is being effectively implemented at our airports, and enables us to identify areas of strength and weakness and provides a structured approach to continuous improvement.
“It also ensures that sustainable environmental practices are being followed at all times; and has a significant effect on reducing rates of accidents, injuries, ill-health, litigation costs and improving productivity.”
MAG is also currently supporting the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s ‘Just Culture’ safety programme, which encourages safe and accurate reporting of incidents on airfields, to ensure standards are kept high and to assist with the investigation of air safety occurrences.