Tasmanian salmon producer Tassal has achieved both national AS/NZS 4801 and internationally recognised OHSAS 18001 accreditation for safety.
Tassal chief executive officer and managing director Mark Ryan said accreditation to these standards supports the company’s commitment to its employees to create a safe working environment through investment in safety systems and processes, employee education and equipment.
“Importantly, every Tassal employee understands that they have a responsibility to themselves, their workmates, family and the communities in which we operate to work safely and embrace safety,” he said.
Mr Ryan said Tassal was the first Tasmanian aquaculture company to be accredited to the internationally recognised OHSAS 18001 standard.
“The audit provides assurances that our systems, when benchmarked against global standards, not only meet but exceed requirements on many levels which we believe translates to reducing work health and safety risk.
“Independent confirmation that our systems meet both the national and international standard is significant, particularly when you consider the diverse nature of our operations and the different locations in which we operate across the state.”
Mr Ryan said in December last year a workplace fatality challenged the company and its employees like no other issue.
“As tragic as the fatality is, our resolve around our approach to safety and our safety system will not waiver. The loss of life of our mate “Thommo” has deeply affected our team and community – our thoughts remain with his family ” he said.
While the internationally recognised OHSAS 18001 standard measures similar key requirements as the national AS/NZ4801 standard, it also takes account of cultural considerations and confirms that Tassal’s focus on improving its safety culture is of utmost importance.
“Our decision to seek an external review was to ensure that we are continuing to do all that we can to meet our commitment to our employees and their family around zero harm. We will continue to strive for improved safety performance – safety is a non-negotiable in our business and culture.”
Tassal is an ASX-listed public company that employs more than 850 people.
It operates two salmon hatcheries, three processing facilities, two retail outlets and marine farms in six regions throughout Tasmania all supported by a dedicated team across multiple functions
Media Release (12 May 2014) by:
Nicolas Turner Tel: 6210 5206 or 0418 538 865