MB Inspection in UK First with Safety Award

An oil and gas inspection business has become the first company in the UK to be awarded a new safety award. MB Inspection has just received accreditation to the latest British Safety standard OHSAS 18001:2007.

After a rigorous five-week audit which ensured that MB Inspection's work practices, risk assessments, safe working practices and procedures met the new standard, accreditors, SGS, were satisfied that the company demonstrated compliance in all areas.

"We are very proud of everyone's involvement in the accreditation of this standard," says MB Inspection's HSEQ manager Jack Gillespie. "To be the first in the UK is obviously a major accomplishment but, more importantly, the award demonstrates our absolute commitment to safety and to achieving the highest levels of performance in health and safety management across the company."

This achievement comes only months after MB Inspection scooped a prestigious Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) award for the second year in succession in July. They were awarded the President's Award 2007 for their sustained commitment to health and safety after achieving 10 consecutive Gold Awards.

“Good health and safety is good business and this accreditation ensures that we have a robust health and safety management system in place that is not simply about reducing the number of accidents but about creating an environment which protects our people, our clients and the environment," adds Gillespie.

But he is quick to point out that this accreditation is not just a one-off. "An annual external audit process will be put in place by SGS and rigorously enforced to ensure compliance across the company is maintained."

MB Inspection employs in excess of 450 staff in Aberdeen, Falkirk, Stockton and Great Yarmouth and is a major provider of engineering, inspections management, specialist techniques, rope access and non-destructive testing services to the oil and gas, petrochemical, utility and power generation industries.