SPC’s manufacturing plants in England and Wales have been awarded ISO 45001:2018 for occupational health, safety and wellbeing. With a focus on stringent processes and the highest levels of safety excellence, SPC is among the world’s first rubber manufacturers to achieve the standard.
SPC’s UK Quality Manager, Warren Bates, said: “This is a great achievement requiring attention to more than 170 processes and procedures. We worked closely with BSI (the British Standards Institute) for ten months to ensure our processes are robust and our documentation met the requirements of the standard. It closely complements the quality management system standard ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015, which we have also recently renewed. Together they demonstrate our company’s dedication to establishing and maintaining the highest levels of quality in all that we do.”
SPC Director, Paul Hallas said: “We have always put quality at the front of all of our work, across all of our manufacturing sites and I am pleased to say this extends to ensuring the highest levels of health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and visitors. Achieving ISO 45001 was a strategic objective for SPC and I am pleased that our dedication to health and safety is internationally recognised through the award of this standard.”
ISO 45001 is relatively new. Introduced in 2018, it is the world’s first international standard for occupational health and safety, replacing previous similar safety management standards such as the UK’s OHSAS 18001. It is designed to help organisations provide safe and healthy working conditions that prevent work-related injury and ill health, and proactively improve the occupational health and safety performance. It requires an organisation’s leaders to lead by example and involves consultation with every level of employee.