How Australia’s nuclear research body ANSTO has prioritized people by strengthening health and safety management through BSI certification to ISO 45001

 

Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is an agency of the Australian federal government. Established over 60 years ago, it is custodian of some of the country’s key national research and science infrastructure, including Australia’s only nuclear reactor. It directly employs 1,400 people across two campuses in Sydney and one in Melbourne, and also works with numerous onsite contractors.

When it comes to workplace health and safety (WHS), the word ‘nuclear’ in ANSTO’s name brings the dangers of radiation to mind, but the wide range of activities it conducts means it must manage a multitude of other hazards too. They include risks from: chemical and biological materials, work in confined spaces and at height, noise, plant and machinery, electrical equipment, construction and maintenance, fieldwork research, manual handling, ergonomic and psychosocial factors. The organization must also plan for emergencies.

BSI certification to ISO 45001 underpins ANSTO’s core value that the health and safety of its people is paramount. It creates trust among its stakeholders, demonstrates responsibility towards them and the wider public, contributes to organizational resilience, and aligns with the Australian government’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), notably SDG 8, which promotes decent work and economic growth.

Why BSI

  • ANSTO has strong international partnerships, so a globally recognized certification from a respected international body like BSI lends credence to our certification. It adds lustre.

    SHELLEY LEVY, LEADER WHS SYSTEMS, HIGH RELIABILITY, ANSTO

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  • All ANSTO’s sites now operate under a single health and safety management system, backed by BSI certification to ISO 45001. This is held in high regard by our regulators, demonstrates our leadership’s commitment to best practice, and strengthens public trust in ANSTO. We have long had a beneficial relationship with BSI, and they have been a highly supportive partner on our ISO 45001 certification journey.

    KAREN WOLFE, GENERAL MANAGER, HIGH RELIABILITY, ANSTO

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