The health and safety of our employees and all visitors, contractors and members of the public who visit our places of business is of the utmost importance to us. Our safety culture is underpinned by the application of five strategic health and safety drivers:
We have a Group Health and Safety Policy Statement that demonstrates our commitment to health and safety.
Our safety programme is called "Safety First" and is aimed at cultural and behavioural change to further promote safety. At the heart of the campaign is our Safety Charter, developed in consultation with our employees. The charter has five guiding principles:
Professional support and guidance is provided to the business by Health and Safety Managers; and we strive for continued improvement year on year.
The ports were successful in maintaining their 5 star safety status in 2011; and in 2010 both Scottish Operations and the Port of Tilbury were awarded prestigious safety awards, Sword of Honour, of which only 40 are awarded globally each year.
Safety Forums take place regularly across the Group; and we continue to be involved with Port Skills and Safety (PSS), the industry body charged with promoting high standards of health and safety and skills competence.