EcoNorth’s status as a safe and caring company has been officially confirmed.
Following on from achieving OHSAS18001:2007 certification in 2018, EcoNorth has recently undergone its annual audit by Ocean Certification. The purpose of the annual audit is to check that EcoNorth’s systems and processes are not only fully compliant but also demonstrate that continual improvements are being identified and implemented.
EcoNorth successfully passed the audit process without a single major or minor non-compliance being identified and clearly demonstrated that a number of improvements have been made over the last twelve months:
- The number of vehicle journeys taken by the EcoNorth team has increased over the last year, due to ecology contracts being won further afield than in previous years. Consequently, mandatory online driver awareness training has been introduced for all project staff and those driving for work purposes.
- Ladder checks, which are carried out on a regular basis by one of EcoNorth’s qualified tree climbers, are comprehensively recorded in line with ISO-formatted documentation.
- EcoNorth’s health and safety legislation register has been updated.
- EcoNorth conducted its first annual review of the Health and Safety Management system. The meeting was minuted, including recommendations for improvements for the year ahead eg a ‘driver’ section will be added to our existing Health and Safety Policy and Procedure setting out EcoNorth’s procedure to ensure driver safety when delivering EcoNorth work.
EcoNorth will shortly begin the process of migrating to the new health and safety standard, ISO 45001:2018. Our goal is to be fully compliant with this new standard before March 2020, when the next annual audit will take place.