Best health and safety practice

December 19, 2009 by  

In early 2009 a print company in Norwich, Archant Print, was highly praised for the simultaneous achievement of receiving external accreditation for environment, quality and health and safety.

When local councils put work out to tender they demand such accreditations from print companies wanting to bid. Archant Print met the following standards: ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and the BS OHSAS 18001:2007.

This was recognised as an excellent achievement. The newspaper printer is believed to be the only company of its type to achieve a triple such as this in the previous 12 months.

The print company is clearly maintaining the highest of standards. They used the services of QED Health and Safety Management Systems. Working with consultant Mr. Chris Devonport they identified areas for improvement and implemented changes. This was a ‘whole company process’ and all departments within Archant Print were involved in the process. Archan’s operations and safety manager said;

Although I knew we were already complying with many of the requirements of the standards in all three areas, the challenge was to produce a combined business management system that would be accepted by the auditor and would survive his rigorous examination. While it was very pleasing to achieve accreditation at the first attempt it is a continuous process and we must ensure that we comply with the standards in every thing we do

Other print companies in Norwich, seeking to improve health and safety standards, may now consider this approach.