As a statutory harbour authority and major land owner, Lerwick Port Authority has various duties stemming from the Harbours Act 1964, its own unique harbour powers and other relevant legislation. 

A key component of the Authority’s strategy is the continual improvement of all harbour services in response to changing user requirements, through the implementation of a fully integrated Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Management System. A management review process drives high standards and levels of efficiency, to ensure:

  • Safe, efficient, cost effective sustainable harbour operations;
  • An ongoing commitment to minimising environmental impact;
  • Business activities are carried out in a responsible manner to prevent injury and ill health to employees, port users and others;
  • Safe provision of services and the efficient discharge of duties are not undermined by commercial pressures.

In 2018, the Authority was the first Scottish port to achieve early certification to the tripartite of standards for:

Occupational Health & Safety BS EN ISO 45001:2018

Environment BS EN ISO 14001.2015

Quality Assurance BS EN ISO 9001:2015

BSI standards certification is an investment that will help and sustain the Authority for coming generations, differentiating it from competitor ports, and strengthening its resilience and reputation. The accreditations complement matching standards seen in the decommissioning and oil & gas industries, at a time of further developments in both sectors.

Maintaining certification to these international standards requires significant scrutiny of business activities which comprise the HSEQ Management System. A rigorous audit programme keeps the Authority’s services, processes and procedures current, effective and customer-focused, whilst at the same time meeting legislative requirements and stakeholder needs. Both the internal and external audit processes relating to harbour activities guide ongoing compliance.

Occupational Health and Safety is at the heart of the Authority’s business processes, assisting with hazard identification and risk management, facilitating continual improvement, exposing the business to external audit and improving senior management and Board involvement. It encourages a particular emphasis on risk-based thinking – requiring management to integrate occupational health and safety policy with organisational strategy – and on the key themes of leadership and worker engagement. This leads the Authority through a systematic process for consultation and participation with workers.

The Authority’s full commitment to compliance with the standards, applicable legislation and other regulations, is detailed in its Policy Statements:

Health & Safety Policy Statement (108 kB)

Environment and Quality Policy Statement (116 kB)

Port Marine Safety Code

Across all marine operations, there is a commitment to implementing the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) to ensure safety management meets nationally agreed standards. Significant safety risks are identified and evaluated with suitable control measures put in place to manage them. The Authority’s fully integrated HSEQ management system incorporates marine safety management through the development of plans and processes covering navigation, environmental protection and conservancy in its area of jurisdiction. Overall performance of the marine safety management system is reported in the Authority’s business review, published annually.

Ports Skills and Safety

Lerwick Port Authority is a member of Port Skills and Safety, the UK's professional ports health and safety membership organisation to promote and raise health, safety and skills standards in ports.

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