International Safety Management Standard awarded to Meath County Council

Meath County Council was recently successful in being awarded certification to the coveted safety management standard ISO 45001:2018. ISO 45001:2018 is the world’s first international Occupational Health and Safety management accreditation award.

The standard provides a framework to increase safety awareness, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, enabling an organisation to continually improve its Occupational Health and Safety performance and to demonstrate a proactive approach to managing safety.

Audits took place over 12 audit days in June and July of this year in numerous locations across the county. Various activities undertaken by Meath County Council were observed and examined by auditors. While there is always scope for continual improvement, the overall findings were positive, resulting in the award.

Meath County Council is amongst a small number of local authorities who hold corporate accreditation across their entire operations; this would not be achievable without positive engagement and commitment from the entire workforce.

A presentation ceremony was held in Buvinda House on November 8 and was attended by employees from across the entire workforce.

The internationally recognised occupational health and safety standard was presented to the Chief Executive Jackie Maguire by Richard Barry of the nominated accreditation body, Certification Europe.

Accepting the certification on behalf of Meath County Council, Chief Executive Jackie Maguire paid tribute to all Meath County Council employees who continue to contribute to further improving the overall standard of safety and health whilst maintaining a high standard of service delivery to the public.