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Las Palmas’ Port Authorities Director, José Miguel Pintado, has received the Labor Health and Safety Management System certification according to OHSAS 18001 requirements, for the activities of Health and Safety Business Activity Management, from SGS Manager in Canary Islands, Juan Argenti Biering, and SGS ICS ibérica, S.A Certification Manager, Héctor González Álvarez, after a successful specific audit last December.

OHSAS 18001 is a specification internationally recognized for the labor health and safety management systems and was developed by a selection of international leading organizations and normalization bodies to cover a gap where there was absence of third party certification.

Implementation of such system by Port Authorities means more than the mere observance of health and safety-related regulation but to set specific procedures to allow a comprehensive integration of Health and Safety within the organization’s activities and decision making, implementing the continuous improvement and performance to prevent health decrease and damage and to determine a proper prevention system according to the nature of health and safety risks coming from their activities in order to avoid dangerous situations for the employees.

Amongst such areas are the identification of dangers, risk assessment and setting of controls to apply to them, legal requirements, resources, functions, responsibilities and authority, competence, training and awareness, communication, participation and assistance, operational control, emergency planning and reaction ability and the system’s performance measurement.

Port Authorities, in order to implement a labor health and safety-related strategy common to all the Port-related environments, ensures all preventive measures’ compliance, which results in the reduction of labor accidents within the Port, part of a Good Preventive Practices committed to extend their scope to all organizations working at Las Palmas Port.

For more information:

Héctor González Álvarez
Delegación Canaria
Certification Manager
SGS ICS Ibérica, S.A.
Ctra. El Cardón, 96 – Las Torres
35010-  Las Palmas de G.C.
t: +34 928 47 40 84
f: +34 928 47 40 83


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world.