Safety first for shipping firm’s cargo business

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THE thousands of tons of fruit and vegetable cargo that arrives in Portsmouth every day needs careful handling.

And MMD (Shipping Services), the firm which runs the freight side of Portsmouth International Port, has been granted a new international health and safety standard.

MMD is the country’s leading specialist in the importation of fruit and vegetables, handling the majority of all bananas that are eaten in the UK.

It has improved procedures and training to get it in line with the standards already achieved at the port.

Following an independent evaluation by the British Standards Institute, MMD was found to have a ‘sound and robust’ safety system in place.

Martin Putman, port manager, said: ‘This new certificate means a lot to everyone at MMD.

‘We know that by its very nature we have a fairly high-risk working environment, and have always taken safety seriously.

‘The OHSAS 18001 shows just how much work goes into preventing accidents, injury and ill health.’