Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, a member of MMC Group, has become the first Malaysian port to be awarded the ISO 45001:2018 standard, following a thorough assessment by Lloyd's Register.
The certificate is an ISO standard for the management systems of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) that helps organisations to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions.
"We saw the need for our workplace to be certified with ISO 45001 to proactively improve our occupational health and safety performance in preventing injury and ill-health at the workplace. The efforts toward the certification is also a testament of Northport's commitment to protect our employees, customers, contractors, service providers and port users from work-related accidents," said Northport's CEO Dato' Azman Shah Mohd Yusof.
According to the CEO, Northport's journey towards ISO 45001:2018 certification began in 2012 when its Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) performance was "showing a very alarming deteriorating trend," a company statement said.
According to Shipping Gazette, the journey towards HSE excellence was divided into three phases within a period of nine years with the focus to eventually to be recognised locally and internationally. The effort was further intensified after MMC Group took over the ownership of Northport in 2016. Under the new leadership, the initiatives in getting the certification were strengthened and resulted in a 20 per cent improvement in Lost Time Injury (LTI) performance.
Among the HSE initiatives undertaken by the port is the Health, Safety and Environment Omission Notification (HON), which is a mechanism designed to enforce safety compliance on port users, contractors and employees within the port premises. The launch of HON in February 2017 led to an immediate drop in the number of incidents and accidents.
UCUX or 'You See You Act' is another initiative introduced by the company to enhance incident reporting. UCUX is a programme in which incident alerts can be immediately performed through the use of mobile phone via calls or text messages and action will be taken straightaway.
To further enhance its safety measures, Northport has imposed the usage of vehicle stickers on all vehicles entering the port premises to ensure that only authorised vehicles are allowed to enter the port area.
A speed limit of 35 kilometres per hour was also imposed on all motorised vehicles in the port area. Enforcement officers equipped with speed gun devices are placed at accident-prone areas as part of the strict implementation of the regulation to curtail the risk of traffic incidences.
To strengthen the security of the port area, Northport has enhanced its terminal surveillance with the use of a drone and closed-circuit surveillance system. The new system utilises video surveillance technology, including facial recognition, license plate character identification, intrusion detection and night viewing. The system is controlled at its new surveillance centre.
"With its full implementation effective May 1 2019, Northport is the first Malaysian port to use the integrated drone-closed circuit surveillance system round-the-clock to fulfil various port security needs including general surveillance, parameter monitoring and detection of suspicious activity," added Mr Dato' Azman.