Jewson awarded health and safety certification

Published:  24 February, 2011

ST AUSTELL: The St Austell Jewson branch in Cornwall has achieved the nationally recognised OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety certification, which demands the very highest standards of performance – and sets the bar for other Jewson branches to now follow.

The OHSAS 18001 certificate was developed in response to market demand for a recognised health and safety management system standard against which organisations can be assessed and certified. The decision to put forward the 4.5-acre St Austell branch for the award was due to the branch's continual improvement in health and safety performance and compliance with legislation.

Paul Shillaber branch manager of Jewson St Austell commented: "We are so proud to be awarded OHSAS 18001 certification. The branch has a team of 30 people who have all worked hard to make this possible. Taking into account that we are an extremely busy branch offering tool hire and mill machining services in addition to a variety of building materials it really demonstrates how significant the award is and we are delighted."

For the team at Jewson St Austell, implementing the OHSAS 18001 management system meant demonstrating efficiency throughout the services on offer. The branch also demonstrated an exceptional level of health and safety and maintained a working environment that gave ownership of responsibilities to all employees and prepared them to effectively deal with any potential hazards.

Jewson chose the certification body BM TRADA for registration for the OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety certification after previously working with them to successfully achieve the ISO 14001 certification for all Jewson branches in 2010. BM TRADA is recognised globally for its certificates in areas such as Chain of Custody, Product Certification and Management Systems and has over 30 years of experience in this field.

Dr Peter Beele Chief Operating Officer of BM TRADA commented: “The OHS management system has been effectively implemented at the Jewson branch in St Austell, with a strong culture of health and safety apparent. Commitment and enthusiasm from all staff is clearly evident and the system will provide the foundation for continual improvement in health and safety performance. Initial registration is recommended, and the company is to be commended for their efforts in implementing the system.”

Kevin Crawley, Saint-Gobain UK, Ireland and South Africa EHS director commented: “It is a significant milestone in our Health and Safety evolution for Jewson St Austell to achieve certification to the internationally recognised Health & Safety Management Standard OHSAS 18001. BM TRADA has recognised Jewson’s on-going commitment to a fully sustainable business model and dedication to providing a safe working environment throughout its operations.”

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