Trinity House are the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, responsible for a range of general aids to navigation, 'signs of the sea', from lighthouses to radar beacons. As well as this, they are a charitable organisation dedicated to the safety, welfare and training of mariners. Also, they are a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority providing expert navigators for ships trading in Northern European waters.
Trinity House personnel receive health and safety training, some up to NEBOSH standard. The main health and safety concerns at Trinity were identified as a lack of instruction to ensure a safe system of work and no records to prove if any action to improve health and safety had taken place.
Trinity House first chose to consult RoSPA in 1995, when the executive were looking for an internationally acceptable standard to aim for. This standard was BS9001. The RoSPA Quality Safety Audit (QSA) audit was ideal for assisting in this aim as the system was consistent with the ISO standard. The audit itself is based on the principles of HSG65 and BS8800 and has now been updated to include all parts of the guidance document OHSAS18001.
"The RoSPA QSA fitted into the Trinity House systematic approach to the management of all its activities. Trinity House operates an integrated management system that is also certified against ISO9001 and ISO14001. A Health and Safety element was critical to ensure that we had independent validation of our system that is based on a 'Prevention rather than Cure' approach. Many of our employees carry out difficult tasks, sometimes in potentially hazardous conditions. Confirmation that our approach meets the highest standards for health and safety management is fundamental in safeguarding our people."
S Dunning – Marketing & Public Relations Manager
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