Appreciating People has been awarded the prestigious ISO 14001 in environmental management and the OHSAS 18001 in health and safety management, to add to the ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 we were awarded last November. The awards, which represent a significant investment for a small business, demonstrate our commitment to good practice, and investment in our staff and people we work with.
ISO stands for International Organisation for Standardisation – if you think that’s a bit confusing, it’s because the term’s actually derived from the Greek word ‘isos’, which means equal. Because different languages would interpret the name differently, resulting in different acronyms, ISO is used across the world. Gaining ISO accreditation is an important strand of our work with larger organisations and public sector, as it gives them a straightforward way to recognise the quality of our work.
ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system, mapping out a framework to set up an effective environmental management system. Its benefits include:
• reducing the cost of waste management
• saving energy and materials consumption
• lowering distribution costs
• improved corporate image
OHSAS 18001 is a health and safety management system, and forms part of the Health and Safety Tool Kit, and helps us eliminate potential risks for staff and people we’re working with. They’re the most recent of the four standard awards we’ve received in the last six months – our November awards included ISO 9001, a quality management badge, while ISO 27001 covers information security management.
Tim Slack, Appreciating People‘s co-director, said: ‘It’s been hard work to achieve each of the standards, but it makes a real difference in improving quality systems and our professionalism.‘