Lothian Buses has made it easier for staff to report health and safety concerns by becoming the first bus company outside London to sign up to CIRAS, an independent confidential health and safety reporting service for transport operators in the UK.
Thanks to the new partnership, Lothian employees can now contact CIRAS in confidence to raise any concerns they have regarding health and safety in the workplace. This complements existing procedures currently in place. CIRAS will then have a responsibility to interview the reporter and pass the concern to the business for action.
Lothian managing director Richard Hall says: “Safety is our number one priority. Prevention of an injury or damage to our property is a benefit to everyone involved within our business and our partnership with CIRAS further complements our existing commitment to manage all of our operations safely. With CIRAS we are giving our staff an added option to report in confidence to an independent third party, ensuring we don’t miss out on any information that could be safety critical.”
Susan Gray, stakeholder manager at CIRAS, says: “Our ambition is to work with our members to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of all across the transport sector. By joining, Lothian has made a strong and clear commitment to its staff that there will always be a way for them to be heard. Lothian is also now part of the 1,800-plus CIRAS member community, working together to improve safety culture by learning from CIRAS reports and each other.”