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Metro first with new safety standard

West Midlands Metro has become the UK’s first tramway to achieve a new international standard recognising health and safety processes.

The region’s tram network was successfully assessed on the way it manages the safety and wellbeing of employees and customers whilst reducing the risk of accidents.

Anthony Stanley, Head of Quality, Health and Safety and Environment at West Midlands Metro, explained: “Safety is always our number one priority, and by achieving ISO 45001 we’ve demonstrated our robust practices meet the very highest standards.

“Assessors also recognised how we’ve engaged with employees across the organisation to ensure we maintain and improve upon our already excellent safety record.”

ISO 45001 has been designed to replace an older standard, OHSAS 18001, but takes a more proactive approach to identifying and evaluating potential risks, rather than just looking at internal processes.

“We’re delighted to become the first tramway in the UK to upgrade to this prestigious international standard and our success in the accreditation process reflects the hard work and commitment of employees across the network to put safety at the heart of everything we do,” Anthony added.