UK glass recycling and reprocessing company Recresco has achieved International standards ISO 14001 and 45001 accreditation.

The standards which relate to Environmental Management System (EMS) and Occupational Health and Safety are part of a voluntary international standard aimed at improving workplace safety.

ISO 14001 provides a framework for establishing an effective EMS to measure and improve environmental impact while ISO 45001 focuses on the prevention of occupational injury and protection of physical and mental wellbeing.

The decision to work towards accreditation came as part of a wider company development programme focused on continuous improvement within the business and includes a range of investments in facilities, equipment, customer experience and people.

Recresco, which already holds ISO 9001-2015, appointed a team of senior managers within the business who completed training and worked with external auditors to complete a gap analysis and audit schedule designed to assess compliance.

The NQA Global Certification Body then completed Stage one and Stage two audits of Recresco sites at Cwmbran and Ellesmere Port during the summer and certification was awarded in September.

Head of Recresco HR Janice Kempin said, “Operating within a high-risk industry, it is extremely important we take measures to prioritise the health and safety of our people. This accreditation not only provides reassurance to our customers and staff, but also helps to instil a robust safety culture within the business.

“Achieving accreditation will help us to proactively identify and minimise environmental, physical, and mental health risks within the business.”