Appreciating the critical importance of remaining compliant whilst demonstrating company credibility, leading commercial blasting specialist, EPC-UK has successfully achieved updated ISO accreditations for management systems during the country’s Covid-19 lockdown period.
Having put enabling IT practices in place to support communication across the organisation, EPC-UK has worked remotely with auditors Alcumus Isoquar over a four week period to realise International Standards; ISO 22301, ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.
Bob Woolley, Head of Health, Safety, Environment & Quality UK and Northern Europe at EPC-UK, has played a pivotal part in accomplishing the accreditations using new technological methods. He explains
“The importance of continuing to achieve ISO certifications despite the challenging backdrop of Covid-19 has been significant to EPC-UK and has helped us demonstrate our consistent commitment to industry compliance.
“We’ve been working with the Covid-19 situation as it evolves, understanding the impracticality of expecting business operations to ‘continue as usual’ in light of the pandemic. As a result, we’ve quickly committed to adopting new, enabling ways to work and have strived to ensure that neither client nor company progress are held back.
“As an organisation, we’ve embraced change and have viewed the achievements of our latest ISO accreditations as sound examples of how we’re taking our working practice forward. We’ve applied the online conferencing techniques we’ve all become familiar with to the auditing process, and conducted daily meetings with auditors using Microsoft Teams. Information required has been successfully submitted by email, and whilst we’ve not been able to conduct procedures face-to-face, the measures taken have been extremely professional, effective, and I’m pleased to say, rewarding.”
The accreditations EPC-UK has achieved include; ISO 22301 for business continuity management systems, ISO 27001 for information security management systems, ISO 9001 for quality management systems, ISO 14001 for environmental management systems and ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety management systems.
“Each accreditation, among other benefits, helps us realise best practice business continuity, meet legal and regulatory requirements, demonstrate risk identification, and ensure clear processes and structures,” Bob continues.
With the accreditations attained remotely, Bob goes on to detail what maintaining the standards means to the company on the whole.
“At EPC-UK, we consider ISO accreditation as more than the achievement of ‘a badge’. For us it’s a system that enables better business management and ensures practices put in place are working to the best achievable capabilities; improving standards for the business, its employees and customers alike.
“In our view, continuing to reach for and achieve these ‘standard-setting’ credentials in the current climate demonstrates the high level of compliance we aspire to, both within our industry and towards our customers – conveying the message that we’re a reliable, professional company with the knowledge and systems to provide the highest level of service.”