OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH POLICY

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH POLICY STATEMENT

The Mauritius Ports Authority, as the sole national Port Authority places the highest emphasis on safety and health in conducting its daily business. The organisation is committed to ensuring that all employees and other persons working on the Authority’s premises including the port of Port Mathurin are adequately informed and trained, and work in an environment that is as far as reasonably practicable, free of hazards that may cause personal injury or work related ill health.

The Mauritius Ports Authority adheres to the guiding principles of the ILO Occupational Safety & Health Management system 2001 and believes in the key principles of constant promotion, improvement of safe working practices, safety awareness and a commitment to safety on the part of each and every person involved.

To achieve these Key Principles, we are committed to:

  1. Identify hazards and conduct risk assessments for all activities associated with the operational requirements of the Mauritius Ports Authority and establish controls to manage the associated risks to an acceptable level;
  2. Ensure safety practices and procedures are developed, implemented and maintained throughout the organisation which are relevant to the operational activities, and promote the involvement of all personnel in the maintenance of a safe working environment;
  3. Comply with the Occupational Safety & Health Act 2005 together with its subsequent regulations and industry related legislative requirement so that every individual who works for the Authority or on its premises will share the benefits of a safe workplace;
  4. Ensure that employees and their representatives are consulted and encouraged to participate actively in all elements of the Occupational Safety & Health Management System.
  5. Provide the training, instruction, information, supervision and resources necessary to support the implementation of Occupational Safety and Health Management System;
  6. Ensure appropriate emergency procedures exist and are tested & recorded in all work locations and that personnel understand the procedures relevant to their location and the greater work area;
  7. Maintain and review measurable objectives and targets to ensure continual improvement towards the prevention and reduction of work related injury and illness;
  8. Ensure appropriate procedures are maintained for the reporting, investigating and review of all safety incidents and situations likely to be hazardous to a safe working environment;
  9. Provide appropriate protective equipment with adequate training in compliance with statutory requirements, to meet the relevant needs of each work activity;
  10. Continuously improve the authority’s working environment and the performance of the Occupational Safety & Health Management System; and
  11. Ensure that all employees of the Authority have the right to report to management any unsafe act or unsafe condition.

Through the active participation and commitment of all Mauritius Ports Authority employees and contractors, we will strive to meet and exceed the requirements of this policy.

22 May 2019