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Business working towards ISO 45001 safety management certification as part of continual improvement programme

Fairgrieve Compression Moulding is working towards adding another major accreditation to its name in environmental, occupational health and safety management.

As part of the business’ commitment to continual improvement of standards, it is aiming to secure the Environmental Management System and ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System accreditation.

This will add to and align with the ISO 9001 Quality Management System certification, which the business has had since August 2000.

It will see new processes implemented across the business over the coming months to meet the challenges of achieving certification to these additional standards.

To assist the team on this journey, Michael Collier, a chartered safety and health practitioner and a lead auditor for ISO standards, has been recruited.

Barry Davidson, General Manager, says there are many benefits of meeting the requirements of ISO 45001, which is designed to prevent work-related injury and ill-health, and to provide safe and healthy workplaces.

As an international standard for Environmental Management Systems, ISO 14001 helps to support organisations in identifying, managing, monitoring and controlling environmental processes.

It crosses geographic, political, economic, commercial and social boundaries, setting a single benchmark for the management of occupational health and safety.

The standard is suitable for all types and sizes of organisation – including private, non-profit and governmental – and requires organisations to assess environmental issues relevant to their operations, such as waste management, resource use and efficiency.

Protecting and enhancing environment for staff

“This is an internationally recognised, global occupational health and safety system which will bring further major benefits to our business,” said Mr Davidson.

“These benefits include increased organisational resilience through proactive risk prevention, innovation and continual improvement, strengthened legal and regulatory compliance and a reduction of business costs, overheads and wastage.

“Also, given we operate and trade internationally, it sends out a clear message to our clients with regards to our green credentials, and our responsible approach in terms of committing to safe, healthy and sustainable work. This is more important than ever.

“Most importantly of all, an effective occupational health and safety management system will help us to protect and enhance our most important asset, our people, to further drive business excellence.

“We have brought Michael in as he has many years’ experience in implementing management systems to meet these standards. He is an experienced auditor working with the British Standards Institute (BSI) as well as being a technical consultant for a number of years. He will be a great asset to us.

“Our objective is to work towards these new standards and achieve independent accreditation before Christmas 2023. It’s another tough challenge for our team, but one I know we can achieve.”

Fairgrieve Compression Moulding completed a full refurbishment of the factory floor and offices in 2022, and follows a ‘continuous improvement’ culture.

Last month the business was named as a finalist in the 2023 Engineering & Manufacturing Awards in the category of Manufacturing Productivity Improvement.

Photo: Project Team, from left to right, Shaun Hovvels, Barry Davidson, Michael Collier, Dawn Stavers.

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