Hambantota Port certified for health, safety
Hambantota International Port (HIP) was recently certified ISO 45001: 2018 compliant for their Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OH&SMS), by the International Organization for Standardization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
The port went through 6-months of preparation and a 3-month audit, prior to receiving the certification, which enables organizations to put in place an effective occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. The audit was conducted by Bureau Veritas Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., a global leader in audit services in the fields of Quality, Health & Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility.
ISO 45001 will position HIP to manage their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance through developing and implementing effective policies and objectives. Key potential benefits of using the standard include, reduction of workplace incidents, reduced absenteeism and staff turnover, leading to increased productivity, reduced cost of insurance premiums, creation of a health and safety culture, whereby employees are encouraged to take an active role in their own OH&S, reinforced leadership commitment to proactively improve OH&S performance, ability to meet legal and regulatory requirements, enhanced reputation, and improved staff morale.
“The Hambantota International Port has a world-class loss prevention system in place that protects the people, environment, assets as well as the reputation of all our stakeholders. With ISO 45001, we have enhanced the system, adding more value to our business processes,” says Ray Ren, CEO of HIPG. “This is an important milestone for HIPG as it will clearly indicate to all our partners, the prominence we give to health and safety, which is a must as we are dealing with a myriad of different operations which involve man, machine and systems. It is also relevant to note that HIP is currently, the only port in Sri Lanka to receive this standard,” says COO of HIPG Tissa Wickramasinghe. HIPG which is one of the two companies formed to manage HIP, handles port services, maritime services, the port-related industrial zone, integrated logistics as well as acting as the business incubator for the port. “This standardisation will help us to establish and implement a systematic Occupational Health & Safety Management System at HIP which is auditable and can be continually improved,” the COO added.