ATG Access has achieved the international ISO 45001 standard having demonstrated an outstanding commitment to occupational Health and Safety as part of its ongoing ambition to enhance trust and professionalism across the security sector.
The manufacturer of road blockers, bollards and vehicle barriers has become one of a small number of businesses across the UK to be accredited to the ISO 45001 standard after undergoing a comprehensive audit of its occupational Health and Safety processes and procedures.
ISO 45001 is a worldwide standard for Health and Safety at work developed by national and international standards committees independent of Government, and is applicable to all organisations, regardless of their size or industry.
The standard required businesses to have an occupational Health and Safety management system in place, which then assists with the management of its occupational Health and Safety risks and improves occupational Health and Safety performance through the development and subsequent implementation of effective policies and objectives.
As a result, key benefits from use of the standard include a reduction of workplace incidents, reduced absenteeism and staff turnover, increased productivity, reduced insurance premiums, the creation of a proactive Health and Safety culture, an enhanced reputation and improved staff morale.
The accreditation process required a co-ordinated effort across all departments of the business, with every element from the workshop to a live construction site audited.
The British Standards Institution’s auditor commented: “The level of compliance with the management system was excellent for a company so early in the registration journey, while the knowledge levels, awareness, attitudes and behaviour of staff displayed during the interview process was excellent.”
Neil Ashurst, HSEQ manager at ATG Access, noted: “We’re incredibly proud of our team, as it wouldn’t have been possible to achieve this accreditation without everyone in the business fully embracing a positive occupational Health and Safety culture.”
He added: “We’ve experienced some tangible benefits from the new occupational Health and Safety management system, including improvements in production traceability and the reporting of production and engineering issues. Our customers can now feel even more confident that they’re contracting an elite company with a world-leading approach towards occupational Health and Safety that really sets us apart from many of our competitors.”