IPL Tamworth Achieves ISO 45001 Certification

IPL Tamworth has recently obtained ISO 45001 certification, following a pass at Stage 2 of a five-day H&S audit, making it the first UK site within the IPL group to achieve this standard.

IPL Tamworth, part of the IPL injection and blow moulding group, came out of the audit with four minor non-conformities, which is a tremendous effort giving this was its first attempt at the standard. Tamworth is now keen to maintain the high standards set.

After impressing the auditor with employee knowledge and involvement during the audit, Tamworth expresses great gratitude and praise to its team, sending out a special mention to Ela Szpila and Darren Baldwin for their direct input into both the audit and the sites’ H&S management systems. Both Ela Szpila and Darren Baldwin’s efforts were recognised by the auditor, gaining valuable knowledge and experience during the five days, which will only be used to bolster and improve the site’s management systems.

Ela Szpila & Darren Baldwin at IPL Tamworth
Ela Szpila and Darren Baldwin pictured on-site

The new standard awarded now allows IPL Tamworth to operate a fully integrated management system, incorporating the main international standards ISO 9001:2015 (Quality), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental) and now ISO 45001:2018 (Health & Safety), with the BRC and FDA standards also influencing operations.

Now operating at these standards, Tamworth boasts a simpler management system that will allow for additional straightforward audits in the future, as well as making them more attractive to larger customers-current and new.

Audit results

With quality at the heart of IPL’s business practice, it is committed to going above and beyond standards and will be ensuring the up-keep of all current and future accreditations, certifications and standards.

Some of the key results from Tamworth’s audit can be seen below:

Positives

  • Good documentation for management systems
  • Visible improvement from stage 1 Audit
  • The site was very welcoming for auditors
  • All relevant people were equally involved in the Audit

Opportunities for improvement

  • Housekeeping around gas storage areas
  • Risk assessments for engineering workshop – not all completed
  • Housekeeping on-site, emergency fire exit checks
  • Lack of hearing protection in the BRC area

Non-conformances

  • Gaps in control of contractors – RAMS
  • Weak operational controls – machines daily checks P12, P18
  • No racking inspection for Bay 1 racking
  • Warehouse emergency procedures not fully followed (fire alarm checks, blocked fire exits)

IPL would also like to thank Steve Tomlin, Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental Manager, for his great efforts in arranging, coordinating and leading this successful audit.

Congratulations IPL Tamworth!

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