Northport awarded ISO 45001:2018

As one of the country’s busiest ports, there’s a need to be certified with ISO 45001 to improve OSH performance, says Azman Shah


NORTHPORT (M) Bhd (Northport), a member of MMC Corp Bhd, recently became the first Malaysian port to be awarded the ISO 45001:2018 standard.

The certificate was officially handed to Northport CEO Datuk Azman Shah Mohd Yusof in May.

Azman Shah said as one of the country’s busiest ports, there is a need to be certified with ISO 45001 to proactively improve occupational health and safety performance.

“The efforts toward the certification is a testament of Northport’s commitment to protect our employees, customers, contractors, service providers and port users from work-related accidents,” he said, adding that Northport has put in tremendous effort to operate its business and activities to the highest level of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) management systems.

ISO 45001 is a standard for management systems of OSH that helps organisations improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create better and safer working conditions.

Northport’s journey towards ISO 45001:2018 certification began in 2012, when its health, safety and environment (HSE) performance was showing a very alarming trend.

The journey towards HSE Excellence was divided into three phases within a period of nine years.

The effort was further intensified after MMC took over the ownership of Northport in early 2016. From the efforts, there was an improvement of over 20% on lost time injury (LTI) performance.

Among the HSE initiatives undertaken by the port is the HSE omission notification (HON), a mechanism designed to enforce safety compliance on the port users, contractors and employees within the port premises.

When they launched HON in February 2017, Northport saw an immediate drop in the number of accidents.

UCUX or “You See You Act” is another initiative introduced by the company to promote incident reporting.

Incident alerts can be immediately done via calls or text messages and action will be taken immediately.

To further enhance safety measures, Northport has imposed the usage of vehicle stickers on all vehicles entering the port premises to ensure that only authorised vehicles can enter the port area.

A speed limit of 35 kph is also imposed on all motorised vehicles in the port area. Northport also enhanced its terminal surveillance with the use of a drone and closed-circuit surveillance system. The new system utilises facial recognition, licence plate character identification, intrusion detection and night viewing with 158 cameras around the port.

“Northport is the first Malaysian port to use the integrated drone-closed circuit surveillance system round-the-clock to fulfil various port security needs including general surveillance, parameter monitoring and detection of suspicious activity,” said Azman.

Northport’s continuous efforts in enhancing the safety of its employees reduce workplace risks, and create better and safer working conditions have earned them significant recognition.

In 2016, Northport together with Port Klang Authority and Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, received the APEC Port Services Network (APSN)’s Green Port Award System award in conjunction with APSN Workshop on Safety of Dangerous Goods at Ports.

Northport also won the Gold Award (Class 2) OSH from the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health in 2017.

It was presented in recognition of Northport’s efforts in maintaining a high standard of OSH at work, as well as the best safety and health practices in the logistics and transport category.