W.Howard achieves ISO 45001 accreditation

1 June 2020

W.Howard has announced that it has successfully completed the switch from OHSAS18001 accreditation to ISO45001.

OHSAS18001 is the existing health and safety standard for the ISO suite of accreditations, but is now being superseded by ISO45001. The new standard introduces a framework that can be used throughout supply chains to continually improve health and safety performance.

Timely in its introduction given the COVID-19 pandemic, ISO45001 places a greater emphasis on risk assessments and greater levels of employee engagement , along with as many as 43 more detailed improvements.

“I’m delighted that W.Howard has achieved ISO45001 accreditation, particularly considering the recent challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Graham Williams, group managing director.

“I’d like to express my congratulations to all those involved, and in particular our health and safety coordinator, Joseph Rylance and our accreditations partner Neil Wilkinson from Quality Environmental Business Management for achieving the standard with zero non-conformances or recommendations for improvement. This is an extremely rare achievement at the best of times, and rarer still when you consider the demanding new scope that ISO45001 places on business.”