ABS Quality Evaluations
(ABS QE) certified the security management system of the Port of
Houston Authority (PHA), Port Police to ISO 28000:2007. The PHA has
become the first port authority in the world to receive ISO 28000:2007
The international standard specifies the requirements for a security
management system, including those aspects critical to security
assurance of all aspects of the business management. ISO 28000:2007 was
developed in response to demand from industry for a security management
standard, with an ultimate objective to improve the security of supply
"This latest accomplishment of being the first port in the world to be
Security ISO 28000:2007 certified is due to the hard work and
dedication of the port's staff and is further evidence of the Port of
Houston Authority's proactive philosophy to lead by example," said PHA
Chairman James T. Edmonds. "This initial certification is only the
first part of our continual improvement process, which will lead to the
eventual certification of all our terminals."
The certification comes after a three-year process of the development
of PHA's Security Management System (SMS) and its application to Port
Police and the perimeter security operations at both the Barbours Cut
and Bayport Terminals. It validates not only PHA's attention to U.S.
Coast Guard regulations but also that PHA has gone beyond the
requirements, while still ensuring the efficient movement of commerce.
"We are gratified to have been selected to audit the Port of Houston
Authority," said Chuck Russo, president of ABS Quality Evaluations. "We
were impressed with the robustness of the Port of Houston Authority's
management system and the significant effort the Port has put in to
The comprehensive, independent audit by ABS Quality Evaluations
validates that PHA is on track with its security measures. These
include improvements in security processes, procedures and practices,
more detailed and efficient monitoring and documentation, broader
training of the PHA police force and security partners and more
efficient processing of vehicles through its gates.
PHA's Security Management System was modeled after its highly
successful Environmental Management System, which made it the first
port authority in the world to attain ISO 14000 certification in 2002.