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Prochem achieves eco standard accreditation

Published 9th October, 2015 by Neil Nixon

Prochem achieves eco standard accreditation

After an extensive audit of the company's environmental management system (EMS), Prochem Europe has been granted certification to British Standard EN ISO 14001:2004. Prochem's compliancemanager, Rose Herridge, puts the company's certification down to its successfully showcasing comprehensive recycling processes and by taking onboard the recommendations from the energy audit and environmental management analysis provided by consultants, RBS Mentor.

She said: "We were already taking a rigorous approach to our energy usage, but RBS Mentor were able to suggest ways we could improve even further. Gaining ISO 14001 accreditation has been a particular achievement for the business. We're very environmentally-conscious and this proves it to our customers. Training is an important factor in our commitment to the standard - staff are involved in toolbox training sessions and I have a Foundation Certification in Environmental Management, co-ordinated by RBS Mentor. After reviewing lighting throughout the company we will be upgrading to LED lighting in our offices and evaluating opportunities for this technology in the warehouse too."

Ray McCabe, Mentor's health, safety and environmental management consultant, said: "The accreditors highlighted how impressed they were with Prochem's EMS and the company subsequently achieved the accreditation with no non-conformances."

The audit further found that Prochem demonstrated reduced usage of gas, electricity and water (excluding product manufacture) as well as waste control to landfill between 2013 and 2014. The rainwater and grey water collection and recycling system in the company's truck mount bay was cited as a 'best practice' initiative, the auditor extending the scope of certification to include 'specialist cleaning equipment including accessories, service and maintenance'.

Prochem's managing director, Alan Tilley, said: "This accreditation is arguably more important to businesses than the ISO 9001 Quality Management System we achieved back in 1992. With chemical products under increased scrutiny, it's reassuring for customers to know they are procuring cleaning solutions from manufacturers with certified levels of environmental awareness. We are very pleased to be accredited to this standard and proud to find in the auditor's comments that our staff perceived EMS is an intrinsic part of daily business at Prochem Europe."

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