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International recognition at a ceremony in Navan Fire Station - OHSAS Award
Date Released: 21 April 2017
Meath County Council Fire Service achieved international recognition at a ceremony in Navan Fire Station on 12th April for its efforts to protect the safety, health and welfare of its employees during emergency response and non emergency activities.
The award, OHSAS 18001, an internationally recognised occupational health and safety series (OHSAS) management standard was presented to the Chief Fire Officer, Dermot Brannigan by Michael Brophy, CEO of Certification Europe. The standard, which is equivalent to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, sets out a preventative and proactive approach to identifying workplace hazards and controlling risk.
Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Councillor Maria Murphy, welcomed the announcement and described the Fire Service’s commitment to maintaining safety and health standards to the highest level as critical for both fire service staff and the general public. “I would like to congratulate and commend the fire fighters and support staff of Meath County Council Fire Service for their planning, organisation and hard work in providing a high quality, invaluable, round the clock service to those who live, work and visit County Meath.”
Accepting the certification on behalf of the Fire Service, Dermot Brannigan, Chief Fire Officer, paid tribute to the Fire Service personnel who contributed to further improving the overall standard of safety and health performance “Our Fire Service personnel are among the most highly trained in the country and this certification underlines and recognises the commitment to implementing the highest standards of safety and health throughout our operations. When we have to deal with serious incidents, we know that we have the high standard systems in place to fulfill our duties and ensure the protection of life, property, and the environment.”