Guardian Industries UK Ltd has held the Quality Certificate ISO 9001 and Environmental Certificate ISO 14001 for many years, giving assurance to their customers that robust controls are in place to assure the quality of Guardian products and at the same time retain focus on Environmental responsibilities. However, until now there has been no formal recognition for Guardian’s Safety Control Systems.
Working in the glass industry can lead to many potential hazards, the nature of glass as a material from manufacturing through to stacking, storing and finally delivery, presents many issues which need to be strictly controlled and performed to ensure the safety and well being of all Guardian employees and contractors. Anyone who has ever visited any of Guardian’s plants whether it’s in the UK or around the world will have seen firsthand the pristine conditions in which their glass is manufactured and stored. For Guardian safety is paramount and to ensure the continued level of safety is maintained Guardian implements a “Loss Control” policy which every employee strictly adherers to. Currently Guardian’s UK facility hasn’t had a lost time incident in nearly 3 ½ years and has had no major incident since the plant was built.
Having such a fantastic safety record should be formerly recognised, and what better way to show this than by achieving the rigorous demands of BS OHSAS 18001.
Nick Dry is Health and Safety Manager for Guardian’s UK glass division and takes responsibility for the health and safety processes paramount to all employees and contractors working at the Guardian facility. Nick commented “At Guardian there are no activities so important that we do not have time to do them safely. We are very proud of our safety record and have just surpassed 1.4 million hours worked without a lost time accident. Our goal of course is to ensure complete safety for our people and as such we are always seeking to improve our management systems. In 2013 we embarked on the process of upgrading all our safety systems to be compliant with the internationally recognised British Standard for Occupational Health and Safety (BS OHSAS 18001). After we completed a thorough gap analysis in the spring of 2013, a considerable amount of effort was put into bringing our current Health and Safety system into line with the Standard and developing an electronic system to make it’s access and use as simple as possible. We were very pleased in December of 2013 that, after 5 (very detailed) days of auditing by BSI, we obtained the ‘Certificate of Registration’. This is a fantastic result for the Guardian UK plant and gives an even stronger framework to ensure successful production of a high quality product whilst assuring the safety of our people”.
Having 18001 is not only the best way to demonstrate the rigorous safety procedures used by Guardian and the careful precautions taken to ensure safety in the Guardian plant, it also offers further opportunities for any construction project looking to be awarded BREEAM accreditation. Under the requirements of the BREEAM assessment, additional credits are awarded for the use of products which carry 18001 certification. This provides evidence that the specified products have been manufactured in an environment with a certified level of Health and Safety. By awarding credits for products with certification like 18001, BREEAM accreditation ensures “best practice” for accredited products used on site and rewards the project through a higher BREEAM rating.
BREEAM also awards additional credits for products used on site which have ISO 9001 ensuring quality and ISO 14001 which proves the manufactures commitment to the environment. All of these certificates are available for Guardian Glass products used on projects aiming for BREEAM accreditation.
For more information on 18001, BREEAM or to download any of the associated certificates including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, please visit http://www.guardianglass.co.uk/architectural/breeam