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ISS Facility Services has successfully gained OHSAS 18001:2007 certification, the internationally recognised assessment specification for occupational health and safety management systems. In addition to this, ISS has renewed its certification to the international environmental management system standard ISO14001:2004.

In 2011, the decision was made to achieve certification to OHSAS18001 and also to integrate this with the ISS environmental management system in order to simplify processes for employees and better manage continual improvement in both areas. ISS first achieved ISO14001 certification in 2006 at its head office, and has continued to increase the number of employees and work areas within the certified scope in those six years. ISS has adopted a staged approach to certification, having achieved this for the corporate system, head office function and selected parts of the business at the first stage.

Richard Sykes, CEO, ISS UK said: “Receiving our first OHSAS18001 certificate and the renewal of our ISO14001 is the first step to achieving our strategic aim to have our entire UK operation certified to both standards. I am confident that the ISS team will continue to build on this success and improve our health, safety and environmental performance.”

“Certification by ISS in the UK is in line with the ISS Group HSE Manual, which ensures a systematic and consistent approach for HSE management across the ISS Group.”

ISS has chosen to continue its association with the UKAS accredited SGS United Kingdom Ltd as the assigned team of auditors have developed an understanding of our business. Rajesh Gopalakrishna, Lead Auditor, SGS said: “The ISS HSE Management System is well controlled with a high level of management commitment to the requirements of ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and applicable legal and industry requirements. ISS is forward thinking and innovative in their approach and in the use of relevant technology options to enable care for the environment and the people within their control or influence.”

“The documented system provides clear guidance and direction and there are processes in place to ensure the documentation is current and appropriate. Review of HSE performance, HSE risks and associated control measures lead to continual improvement of the HSE Management System at ISS.”