Leading UK glass recycling and reprocessing company Recresco has successfully achieved International standards ISO 14001 and 45001 accreditation. The standards which relate to Environmental Management System (EMS) and Occupational Health and Safety are part of a voluntary international standard aimed at improving workplace safety.

ISO 14001 provides a framework for establishing an effective EMS to measure and improve environmental impact while ISO 45001 focuses on the prevention of occupational injury and protection of physical and mental wellbeing.

The decision to work towards accreditation came as part of a wider company development program focused on continuous improvement within the business and includes a range of investments in facilities, equipment, customer experience and people.

Recresco, which already holds ISO 9001-2015, appointed a team of senior managers within the business who completed training and worked with external auditors to complete a gap analysis and audit schedule designed to assess compliance. The NQA Global Certification Body then completed Stage one and Stage two audits of Recresco sites at Cwmbran and Ellesmere Port during the summer and certification was awarded in September.

ISO certification represents a proactive and ongoing commitment to health and safety standards above and beyond legal requirement within an organisation. Certified businesses are subject to annual review audits, which test the ongoing effectiveness of the established Management System, ensuring the process remains compliant.

Head of Recresco HR Janice Kempin said, “Operating within a high-risk industry, it is extremely important we take measures to prioritise the health and safety of our people. This accreditation not only provides reassurance to our customers and staff, but also helps to instil a robust safety culture within the business.

“We are extremely proud of our dedicated team and have made a strong commitment to their health, safety, and welfare by gaining this accreditation and through a number of other initiatives  including improved facilities onsite and the provision of mental health first aid training. Achieving accreditation will help us to proactively  identify and minimise environmental, physical, and mental health risks within the business.”

Recresco Director Tim Gent added “As a business we firmly believe that our people are at the heart of our organisation. I am proud that Recresco has been awarded these accreditations which recognise our investment in the business and the hard work of our dedicated team of people.”