Darwen team of Lucite Intl receives their ISO 14001 certificate

Two of Lucite International’s (LI) UK-based manufacturing sites have gained new ISO certifications following successful assessments. Darwen site received the ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard, and Cassel was pleased to gain the International Energy Management System Standard, ISO50001.

Darwen site has had various SHE management systems in place for many years. However, given the Sheet and Composites businesses’ increasingly global customer base, there was a need to move to the internationally recognised ISO14001 Environmental Management standard. Amanda Hoskins, Colour/Composites Plant Manager, Darwen, said: “We have good procedures covering most aspects of our production operations, with good document control – a legacy of holding BS5750 and then ISO9001 Quality standard for more than 20 years. Emergency procedures, safe systems of work, training and guidelines covering our legislative requirements were also well ingrained, with only a few additions needed to meet the requirements of the standard. Our existing SHE policy also required only minor rewording to conform. We were pleased when we received certification; however, as this is a continuous improvement process the hard work begins now!”

On the other side of the UK, our Cassel site in Billingham celebrated their certification to ISO50001.

ISO50001 was launched in June 2011 as a new management system, which aims to help companies incorporate energy management into everyday working practices. Its Plan-Do-Check-Act continuous improvement framework provides a robust means of supporting progress and at LI, it has been fundamental in helping the site teams achieve their goals.

Environmental auditors carrying  out their work at Darwen site, Lucite intl

Amanda Buck, Environment, Energy and Sustainability Manager at Cassel explained that having ISO14001 already meant that many of the requirements for ISO50001 were covered and they could achieve additional benefits.

An energy improvement plan has been produced as a result that will enable the site to meet the Company’s sustainability improvement targets to reduce energy and CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 from a 2010 baseline. Read more about Cassel and its certification here.

Obtaining certification to the standard is only the first step. As we have been able to integrate the ISO50001 and ISO14001 systems, they will be audited together in the future, which saves time and resources. We will be reporting on the exciting energy improvement projects at LI in future posts.