West Midlands Metro has become the first tramway in the UK to achieve a new international standard recognising health and safety procedures it has been announced. The tram network was assessed on the way it manages the safety and wellbeing of employees and passengers whilst also reducing the risks of accidents.
IS045001 has been introduced to replace an older standard, OHSAS 18001, but goes further in taking a more proactive approach to identifying and evaluating potential risks, rather than just looking at internal processes.
Anthony Stanley, Head of Quality, Health and Safety and Environment at West Midlands Metro, commented: “Safety is always our number one priority, and by achieving ISO 45001 we’ve demonstrated our robust practices meet the very highest standards. Assessors also recognised how we’ve engaged with employees across the organisation to ensure we maintain and improve upon our already excellent safety record. We’re delighted to become the first tramway in the UK to upgrade to this prestigious international standard and our success in the accreditation process reflects the hard work and commitment of employees across the network to put safety at the heart of everything we do.”