S Railway Loco Works gets top safety rating

First Published : 31 Mar 2009 12:40:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 31 Mar 2009 09:55:38 AM ISTCHENNAI: The Southern Railway Loco Works, Perambur, has obtained the Occupational Health and Safety Management System Certificate (OHSAS) 18001:2007.

Loco Works, Perambur, is the first workshop in the Southern Railway to achieve the distinction of obtaining the OHSAS 18001-2007 certificate for Occupational Health and Safety performances from the International Certification Service (P) Ltd, Mumbai accredited by the Joint Accreditation System (JAS-ANZ) of Australia and New Zealand, consequential to the successful completion of stage two audit.

Loco Works has implemented a Quality Management System – QMS (ISO 9001-2000) for its products and services and also an Environmental Management System – EMS (ISO 14001-2004) for its environment performance in line with the International System Standards. The maintenance of these systems has been conformed through periodical internal surveillance audits.

The certificate was given at a function held at Loco Works, Perambur, on Sunday. Rakesh Chopra, General Manager, Southern Railway, who was the chief guest on the occasion, received the OHSAS certificate from S Subramanian, General Manager, International Certification Services (P) Ltd. (ICS), Mumbai in the presence of V Carmelus, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway.

This achievement could have been possible without the dedicated co-operation of the Railway Medical Department under the leadership of Dr A Elangovan, Chief Medical Director, Southern Railways. To maintain these systems, Loco Works has implemented an integrated documentation from October 2008 by merging the documents of all systems together and the same has been named as Integrated Management System (IMS).

OHSAS is an international health and safety system specification, which will help the organization to control or eliminate its occupational health and safety hazards, and associated risks involved in its process, service and transactions.