Formation of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System for a Georgian transport company

The project included the introduction of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System in current business processes, in accordance with international standards ISO 45001.

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Environmental & Social Management
Context
The municipality of Tbilisi city together with the Georgian transport company (Tbilisi Transport Company) has launched a project to replace the private transport and the old bus fleet for improving the quality of transporting and reducing the environmental impact.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has adopted the project, making it obligatory to implement a Health and Safety Risk Management System to improve occupational health and safety.

AVgroup accompanied the implementation of Occupational Health and Safety Management System in current business processes, in accordance with international standards ISO 45001.

Our approach consisted of three main stages
Step one
Initial audit:
We conducted an audit of the existing system and evaluated the project in accordance with ISO 45001 and EBRD PR 4 standards;

Based on the results of the audit, we developed a Roadmap for the implementation of the labor protection management system for bus depots, with clear KPIs for each department and location during the project implementation.
Step two
Formation of a management system for Occupational Health&Safety, which includes capacity building:
I. We conducted a number of trainings, including:
- Key principles of ISO 45001: 2018;
- EBRD Social and Environmental Policy, best international practices;
- Introduction to internal audit. Regulations on internal audit;
- Ensuring fire safety at the enterprise and its divisions. Explosion protection;
- Characteristics of working conditions in the workplace. Dangerous and harmful factors;
- Electrical safety;
- Labor protection and sanitation. Medical examinations;
- First aid in case of accidents;
- Internal audits and management review;

ІІ. We provided methodological and consulting support in the formation of documents on the Occupational Health and Safety management system, which includes the development of policies, programs, procedures, templates in accordance with ISO 45001.

III. We conducted periodic audits with the company's representatives on-site to develop skills and audit experience.

IV. Ongoing support and mentoring during project implementation.

Step three
We provided support and preparation for external certification, including:

- pre-certification audit;
- support in the formation of the tender procedure for selecting a contractor;
- documentation support during the external audit.
The project was implemented in accordance with the Bank's Environmental and Social Policy (2014), in particular EBRD Performance Requirement 4.
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