HCE awarded ISO 45001 accreditation

23 May 2019

Howard Civil Engineering is pleased to announce we have achieved UKAS accredited ISO 45001 certification!

Our existing OHSAS 18001 certification gave us a good head start on the upgrade, but in conjunction with migrating our management systems into a cloud-based system a commitment was made by our directors to ensure we keep ahead of compliance and continually look to develop and improve our existing management systems by dedicating senior management time to this end goal.  

Special recognition must go to our Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental Manager, Andy Rafton, for all the work that has gone into this achievement.

Health and Safety is the responsibility of senior management personnel, but every member of our team has a valued part to play. Howard Civil Engineering has made a commitment to provide education to all employees, from head office staff to site operatives, to help identify risks and encourage our team members to confidently voice their needs and concerns and participate in regular forums.

We believe we are ahead of our competitors in this transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001, with the transition deadline set for March 2021.

ISO 45001 brings the responsibility of safety to company leadership and establishes how safety incorporates into the entire organization, rather than making it a responsibility of safety management. The standard has more detailed clauses lining out its expectations of employee involvement, requiring the documentation of results and program effectiveness, risk evaluation and considering how safety affects all affected parties, not only employees but contractors and other suppliers.

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