British Geological Survey one of first organisations to be awarded international health and safety standard

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has become one of the first organisations to achieve the new health and safety standard: the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety System (OHS) standard. This followed a rigorous audit which involved more than 25 members of BGS staff from different departments across the organisation and looked at the whole range of work BGS carries out, from labs to catering to fieldwork.

The ISO 45001 is the world's first global health and safety management system dealing with health and safety at work. The certification was developed by experts in occupational health and safety and provides a global benchmark for organisations, ensuring that they operate in a consistent, healthy and safe manner. BGS is the first centre within UK Research and Innovation to achieve accreditation.

Professor John Ludden, Director of the British Geological Survey said: "This is a significant step of which BGS can be justly pleased. It recognises our commitment to achieving positive health & safety culture and setting high standards in what we do."

This standard differs from the previous British Standard OHSAS 18001:2007 in that it requires an integrated and holistic approach to safety management. This has allowed BGS to reflect on its scope of business and the impact their work has on the wider communities in which it operates. The BGS values societal impacts highly and works for the benefit of society to meet changing needs with responsive, innovative and interdisciplinary science.

This certificate relates specifically to activities based at or managed by the BGS Keyworth site in Nottingham. In the future, it is hoped to extend the accreditation to the whole of the BGS.

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30 October 2018