DB Cargo UK has announced that they have achieved the ISO 45001 standard across three UK sites.
DB Cargo UK operations at three depots, Crewe IEMD, Stoke WMD and Toton TMD, have been under observation for the past couple of years to work out where improvements in health & safety and risk management procedures could be made.
Teams at these sites have been working hard on assessment results, leading to an increase from OHAS 18001 to ISO 45001.
This effort has not been made easy with COVID-19’s impact, but despite this, operations in rolling stock and locomotive maintenance, and repair of many trains in the UK are now completed with the new standard in place.
National Maintenance Manager Raj Basi said: “Considering the restrictions that have been in place over the past 12 months, this is a fantastic achievement and will give our customers the assurance they need that the maintenance activities we carry out on their behalf are being done safely and in line with all our legal requirements,”
“The ISO 45001 standard means that going forward Maintenance colleagues at all levels in the business will have a much greater involvement in the identification and management of health and safety risks through greater consultation and participation.
“Strong leadership and giving colleagues a greater voice will ensure we continue to develop a safety culture rooted in local, grassroots experience as well as industry best practice,” added Raj.
The migration process was led by Stoke-based Maintenance Team Coordinator Peter Edwards and Toton-based Locomotive Maintainer Nick Gosling, both of whom are nominated Health & Safety champions.
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