Congratulations are in order for Telford based Copperweld Bimetallics, who have “raised the bar” and set their sights high in their pursuit for quality, environmental, safety and health excellence, having recently extended their certifications to the prestigious environmental management standard BS EN ISO 14001:2004.

The company have held certification to the quality management standards BS EN ISO 9001 for approximately 10 years. Their next step is to achieve BS OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety) certification, Operations Manager Jim Porteous confirmed.

Copperweld Bimetallics UK Ltd are manufacturers of a wide range of bimetallic products as a high quality, low cost alternative to pure copper. Customers in markets as diverse as CATV, telecommunications, utilities, electronics, transit and many others use Copperweld’s copper clad wire and strip in countless applications including extending the reach of electronic communications to improving existing products by making them stronger, lighter, and more cost-effective.

Their product range consists predominantly of copper-clad steel, brass plated steel and copper clad aluminium with other variations made to order. The extrusion of Poly vinyl chloride, poly urethane and poly propylene coatings are also part of their business.

Why Quality & Environmental Integration?

With the ever-increasing emphasis and commercial pressures on striving for improvements in quality, environmental and safety performance, Copperweld realised that integrated certification to a formal and internationally accredited management system were paramount to the companies on-going success and marketing strategy and hence, engaged Kidderminster based consultancy; Initiative Quality & Safety Ltd.

The consultancy project was delivered by Initiative’s Director & QUENSH Consultant, Gavin Hedge, and included the scope extension of Copperweld’s existing Quality System into a one-stop integrated Quality, Environmental, Safety & Health (QUENSH) management system, based upon the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001, BS EN ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001.

The project culminated in Copperweld successfully achieving integrated certification to both BS EN ISO 9001 and BS EN ISO 14001 with UKAS accredited certification body ACS Registrars.  BS OHSAS 18001 certification will follow in the new year.

Initiative’s Director & QUENSH Consultant, Gavin Hedge said; “Integrated certification to BS EN ISO 9001, BS EN ISO 14001 & BS OHSAS 18001 offers an excellent way of demonstrating a firm commitment to a company’s pursuit for continual improvement and excellence in the fields of quality,  environmental, safety & health.

Given the current climate regarding ever-increasing costs for the world’s declining natural resources, ISO 14001 provides businesses with a framework for continual improvement and demonstrates an effective approach to the monitoring and measurement of resource use, management of wastes, the evaluation of environmental aspects, impacts, and legal requirements relevant to the business operations.

Gavin said, taking into consideration the size of the company and the scope of activities within, Copperweld has come a very long way in what has been a relatively short time. 

Their new integrated QUENSH management system and disciplines introduced have been positively empowered to, and implemented by management and staff at all levels 

We have recently embarked on a comprehensive programme of awareness, training and implementation audits with the aim of development of site management and staff to ensure the effective implementation of site specific aspects management procedures, systems and routines.

The final stage of the project is to secure certification for the Occupational Health & Safety Standard (OHSAS 18001) which is now fully captured and documented within Copperweld’s integrated QUENSH Management System.

Copperweld Operations Manager Jim Porteous said:  “We now have a lean and user-friendly business management system that is simple, easy to follow and now integral to our business operation, enabling us to effectively manage the business in a more consistent and pro-active manner”.

With the ever-increasing emphasis on quality, environmental & safety accountability, these certifications demonstrate our clear and unequivocal commitment to environment, safety performance and sustainability.

Adopting Initiative’s QUENSH approach has enabled the business to drastically reduce the amount of documentation, time, efforts and resources for in house maintenance and most importantly, an opportunity to challenge our certification body for a reduction in time and costs for 3rd party certification. 

Integrated certification to these prestigious standards will undoubtedly support our future planned growth strategy with our world-wide partners, and most importantly to differentiate us from our competitors.

A lot of hard work has been put in by all concerned and the successful outcomes were testament to the efforts by all parties.  Thank you Gavin and your colleagues at Initiative – This could not have been achieved without your help and guidance! 

From right to left to right: Gavin Hedge (Initiative), Tony Goldsack (Copperweld), Jim Porteous (Copperweld) & Anthony Beddis (Copperweld).

For more information, contact Initiative on 0845 1302784.

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