POLYFOAM™ XPS insulation manufacturer, RAVATHERM UK, has been awarded two prestigious certifications following an external audit by Bureau Veritas (BV).
Awarded by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) for achieving a ISO 50001 – Energy Management certification, the extruded polystyrene manufacturer has also received a British Standard Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAS) 18001 accreditation.
ISO 50001 showcases RAVATHERM UK’s commitment to manage its energy use as the company provided evidence of developing and implementing an energy policy, setting targets for energy use and designing action plans to reach them. The certification, which is not mandatory for the industry, came after a thorough audit by third party assessors, Bureau Veritas (BV).
Auditors were impressed by RAVATHERM UK‘s achievable targets for improved energy efficiency, data gathering techniques which helped the company better understand energy use and consumption, as well as its continuous improvement of energy management.
Awarded the British Standard Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAS) 18001, RAVATHERM UK surpassed audits by demonstrating its outstanding occupational health and safety management best practice at its headquarters in Hartlepool, Teesside. The manufacturer showcased its policies, procedures and controls in place to help achieve best possible working conditions and workplace health and safety for its employees, aligned to internationally recognised best practice.
The certification, which is also a voluntary requirement, confirms RAVATHERM UK commitment to the excellent standards it achieves. The company has procedures in place to engage and motivate its staff with better, safer working conditions, and demonstrates compliance to customers and suppliers.
Commenting on both certificates, Stuart Bell, MD at RAVATHERM UK, said: “To voluntarily embark on two certification audits showcases our absolute dedication and professionalism to not only our customers, but stakeholders and the wider construction industry – and we are delighted to have been awarded these two prestigious accreditations.
“We all know energy consumption is on the rise and according to ISO, it has more than doubled in the last 40 years and is projected to increase by up to 30% by 2030. Although ISO 50001 is not mandatory, we also felt an obligation to achieve this certification to help protect and conserve our energy sources. Achieving BS OHSAS 18001 shows that our people, and health and safety, is at the forefront of everything we do.
“To be awarded both certificates cements our commitment to the industry, and we hope this resonates across the market.”
The management team embarked on a new audit process when the POLYFOAM XPS brand was acquired by RAVATHERM UK in January 2017. RAVATHERM UK is part of the Ravago Group, a global service provider to the plastic, rubber and building industries employing 5000 people across the globe. Taken over by the Group in January 2017, RAVATHERM UK continues to sell its insulation products under the POLYFOAM XPS brand which has been manufactured at the Hartlepool plant for more than 30 years.