We are thrilled to announce that we have now been certified to the new international standard for quality ISO 9001:2015 by the British Standard Institute (BSI).

The road to achieving ISO 9001 2015 began in 2014 with John Peers, Quality Manager and Andrew Stockill, Quality Assurance Co-Ordinator attending seminars on the changes. In 2015 a three day training course helped them to gain the knowledge of the auditing process, transition stages and how to implement the new standard within the company. An initial assessment was conducted by the BSI in February 2016 which established that they were taking the correct approach to meet the new standards requirements. All that was required then was to pass the BSIs audit to the new standard and be passed by their compliance team afterwards.

Additionally, we are also pleased to have achieved the environmental standard ISO 14001:2015 from Quay Audit UK, making us the first UK based Sika company to achieve both standards. The aim of the new standard is to improve leadership ‘buy in’ within the company and to move to a more risk based way of thinking.

Gaining certification for the new Environmental Management Systems started with a gap analysis which identified procedures and processes that needed changes to meet the requirements of the new standard. This was a great opportunity for David Whitford, EHS Manager at Sika Everbuild, to review and enhance many of the existing processes and assess opportunities to further enhance the sites environmental objectives.

On gaining these globally recognised standards, Lisa Broadhead, Operations Manager, who was also involved in the project said ‘it has been a long process for the dedicated teams involved and is a huge achievement for the site. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved for their hard work to achieve these standards.’

And if that isn’t enough, a busy time continues for the EHS team at Sika Everbuild as they work towards certification for the Occupational Health & Safety standard, OHSAS18001, later this year.