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BAL looks to the future of health and safety Standards
Building Adhesives Limited continues to lead on health & safety in the workplace, already preparing for International Standards two years ahead of their arrival.
It has again been awarded business-wide accreditation for a range of International and British Standards relating to quality, environmental management and occupational healthy and safety. Having long held BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and BS EN ISO 14001:2004 certification, it has now added BS OHSAS 18001:2007 accreditation.
"Our commitment to industry leadership in occupational health and safety has been demonstrated, in previous years, through the stringent British Safety Council Five Star Audit," notes David Shepherd, operations director. "Now, achieving OHSAS 18001 accreditation aids the continuing integration of our quality, health, safety and environmental management systems. In particular, it lays a strong foundation for meeting the coming ISO 45001 standard, expected in October 2016."
Alex Underwood, head of marketing, adds: "This company was specifically created to raise standards in the tiling industry, more than 50 years ago, and has always had quality at the heart of its culture. The quality of our innovative products and services remains fundamental and improvement in our award-winning manufacturing efficiency is constant. This sits alongside a continuing drive to create a better environment both for our own personnel and for our local and wider communities, while setting benchmarks for other manufacturers."
Achieving OHSAS 18801 certification helps organisations in identifying and controlling health and safety risks, reducing potential accidents, aiding legislative compliance and improving overall performance. It is designed for integration with other management systems to raise performance in occupational health and safety. More than 50 countries and international organisations are currently working on the new ISO 45001 Standard, which takes BS OHSAS 18001 as its blueprint. ISO 45001 will be aligned with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 from the outset.
7th November 2014