ABS Marks Three-Year Safety Milestone

ABS Marks Three-Year Safety Milestone. ABS has recorded zero lost time work-related incidents in 2017 – 2019. Three years without a lost-time incident stands as a remarkable achievement for ABS and its safety mission.

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Leading Industry in Safety Performance

For more than 150 years, ABS has been promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment. With a passion for making the world a safer place, while also delivering practical and innovative solutions, we stand ready to assist and advance the marine and offshore industries.

For ABS, safety excellence is both an annual goal and an endless pursuit. In our long safety tradition, each year’s successes form the foundation of the next year’s achievements, fueling the voyage of continuous self-improvement that has made ABS a global Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental (HSQE) leader.



Message from the CEO

A world-class safety culture entails focus, attention and consistent actions to drive positive change. That is how I would describe the efforts of ABS employees around the globe. We are focused on our mission and passionate about being a leader in safety excellence.

Safety excellence requires us to fully embrace our practices and make them a part of our daily lives. It demands that everyone be accountable for their own health and safety excellence and to intervene when they see a potentially unsafe situation.

Through our mission and spirit, we have built a framework to empower our employees to make a positive difference in health and safety for ABS, our clients and the industries we serve. 

Signature of Christopher J. Wiernicki

Occupational Health and Safety

The ABS ongoing safety excellence initiative incorporates strong occupational health and safety processes and policies, including its Stop Work Obligation rule authorizing all employees to intervene if safety is in question in any aspect of their work. 

ABS continues to increase engagement in leading safety behaviors, including timely reporting of potential incidents or hazards and documenting near misses.

2019 Occupational Health and Safety Performance

  • ABS Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) of 0.00 for three years running, can rightly be called a historic achievement.
  • ABS Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) of 0.30 remained very low year-on-year. 
  • ABS employees continued to make good use of our global reporting system to capture unsafe conditions, unsafe behaviors, near misses, and work-related injuries or illnesses.
  • ABS partnered with the American Club and Lamar University to deliver an industry-leading study of maritime injury claims, offering unprecedented shipping safety insights to advance the cause of safety at sea with a call for more comprehensive maritime injury reporting.
  •  ABS achieved ISO 45001 certification in 2019, with external audits performed by the British Standards Institute (BSI).


ABS sustains its high-quality performance level related to service delivery through training, procedures and active senior management attention to safety and Port State Control performance records.

2019 Quality Performance

  • In 2019, ABS continued high-quality service delivery to our global client base. 
  • ABS maintained its leading position on overall Port State Control (PSC) performance, being one of the top performing Recognized Organizations (RO) in all three of the most active PSC regions of the world for the 2017 to 2019 period. 
  • Further, for the last 11 years, ABS has maintained zero RO-related detentions with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and has averaged less than one RO-related detention per year in the Paris MoU.