Improved health and safety standard for county council
Nottinghamshire County Council has been accredited with an internationally renowned health and safety standard after spending 18 months working towards qualifying for it.
The ISO 45001 was awarded to the county council by the British Standards Institution following an external audit with staff consultation and participation and risk management in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic noted as impressive.
The accreditation means the council can now boast it is leading the way on safety leadership, worker participation and opportunity for improvement and associated health and safety culture.
Assessment visits by the British Standards Institution will be ongoing so to measure progress as the standard is reliant on continuous improvement and continuing assessment.
Personnel Committee Chairman, Cllr Gordon Wheeler, said: “Our health and safety team have been working around the clock to secure this new standard, and I am delighted we have been accredited with it after a rigorous inspection by auditors.
“This new standard proves we are delivering first-class health and safety provision for our staff. I’m proud the British Standards Institution singled out our pandemic risk management as particularly impressive.
“The job isn’t done yet. We’ll still be having regular assessment visits to check on our progress, and we’ll do everything we can to continue our impressive health and safety track record.”