Safetyshop Awarded Internationally Recognised ISO 14001-2004 Environmental Standard
Released on: June 22, 2011, 3:57 am
Safetyshop, the UK’s leading manufacturer of safety signs and major supplier of health & safety equipment, achieves ISO
14001-2004 Environmental Management System (EMS) accreditation.
ISO 14001 EMS is an internationally recognised environmental standard awarded to
businesses that illustrate objective evidence to ISO 14001 standard requirements.
This includes identifying environmental impacts and steps to reduce their effects.
To achieve this prestigious industry standard Safetyshop had to demonstrate
exceptional commitment to its environment management system.
EMS refers to the management of environmental performance that can be monitored,
improved and controlled. It acts as a framework that focuses on continuous
John Suthons, UK Quality Environmental Health &Safety Manager, says ‘ISO 14001 has
helped Safetyshop to become more environmentally responsible and proactive in
driving environmental improvement. To meet the requirements of ISO 14001 our EMS
had to demonstrate continual environmental improvement in areas such as energy,
water and waste management, packaging, paper and hazardous substance control’.
Safetyshop has completed a number of environmental continuous improvement projects
and a number are still ongoing. Here is an account of Safetyshop’s environmental
Continuous environmental improvement projects
• introduced a Vickers energy management system to control its gas heating system -
this will guarantee a saving of 30% gas usage
• implemented a dry mix recycling compactor for general waste management - this
increases recycling by 75% and reduces general waste to landfill
• an ongoing paper consumption project – this reduces the number of printed pages in
direct mail catalogues
• fitted low energy luminaire lighting in its recently refurbished warehouse – this
reduces the level of electricity usage
• an ongoing packaging consumption project – this reduces in-house packaging as well
as packaging brought in from suppliers
• increased the use of UV inks from solvent inks in its sign manufacturing process -
this has reduced the amount of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and
hazardous chemical waste produced
Safetyshop’s energy efficiency success
As part of the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) climate change levy
reduction scheme Safetyshop is required to report on energy use annually. The
potential for lower levies incentivise companies to reduce carbon emissions. The
success of Safetyshop’s energy initiatives was demonstrated in 2007 when throughput
increased by over 20% while gas and electricity consumption actually fell by 2%.
Environmental issues are particularly central to the direct mail industry as a
whole. Safetyshop wanted to respond positively by developing a business framework
that puts sustainability at its core.
Peter Smart, UK Direct Mail General Manager, said ‘we are keen to be a part of
environmental sustainability and want our customers and suppliers to know we are
serious about environmental issues.’
Notes to editor | About Safetyshop
Safetyshop was established in 1970 and through various acquisitions has become the
leading safety products manufacturer in the UK, producing a range of more than
18,000 products at its 34,000 square foot facility in Stockport, Cheshire. All of
Safetyshop’s signs are manufactured in the UK and as well as ensuring all products
meet with current health and safety legislation, the business is making huge strides
towards creating products from environmentally-friendly materials, using
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