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Award for Council for putting health and safety top of its agenda

02 June 2016

Derry City and Strabane District Council has become the first of the new 11 Super Councils in Northern Ireland to achieve the prestigious OHSAS 18001 health and safety management system accreditation.

Welcoming the announcement, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Elisha McCallion said achieving the OHSAS 18001 management system accreditation is a major coup for the organisation and testament to the Council’s ongoing commitment to improving services and putting health and safety management systems of work in place across the organisation.

“Derry City and Strabane District Council is delighted to have achieved this accreditation. A lot of hard work has been going on across the organisation with staff at every level working to refine and align current practices around risk assessment, accident prevention, safe systems of work and training for staff in relation to Health and Safety,” she said.

The Mayor commended the staff on their commitment to the consistent implementation of legislation and congratulated them on achieving the recognition for the high quality and standard of the service they provide. 

Oonagh O’Doherty, Corporate Health and Safety Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council explained the OHSAS 18001 standard is internationally accepted as a method of assessing and auditing occupational health and safety management system and is based on the most stringent legislation.

She said that in order to achieve these high standards, stipulated by business awards company BSI, the Council carried out a series of audits to first establish a baseline for health and safety performance, before refining and improving management processes and introducing stricter policies and controls to meet the rigorous health and safety management criteria.

Denise McDonnell, Risk and Assurance Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council said, “This award is in recognition of the quality health and safety management system and I am delighted that it has been recognised as meeting the standards of OHSAS 18001. It has required considerable work from everyone of the staff to develop systems to this point and will require the commitment and dedication in the future to ensure that the highest standards of service are maintained.”