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August 23, 2018

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ISO 45001

Rexel achieves new international health and safety standard

The wholesale electrical supplier Rexel has achieved the new internationally recognised ISO 45001 occupational health and safety standard.

The company has received the standard from the third-party certification body, NQA, which is one of the first certification bodies to achieve accreditation from UKAS to this new international standard.

Rexel began its certification journey with NQA in 1994 and has previously been successfully certified for: environmental management system (ISO 14001); quality management system (ISO 9001), energy management system (ISO 50001) and health and safety management system (OHSAS 18001).

The ISO 45001: Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use’ standard was published today in March by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

It sets out to provide a robust and effective set of processes for improving work safety in global supply chains and is the world’s first International Standard for occupational health and safety.

Designed to help organisations of all sizes and industries, ISO state that the new International Standard is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses around the world.

Businesses with the OHSAS 18001 are required to migrate to ISO 45001 to maintain the validity of certification within a three-year period.

“We are delighted to have achieved this certification and it certainly is a testament to the team’s hard work in defining clear management structures, objectives for improvement and a structured approach to risk assessment and reduction,” said Rexel’s Head of Safety, Quality & Environment, Clive Bolland.

Laura Fletcher, Commercial Director at NQA added: “Rexel is setting an example and leading their industry in a new and exciting direction. Successfully migrating their OHSAS 18001 certification to the new ISO 45001 standard so efficiently shows remarkable determination and leadership. Congratulations from all at NQA.”

NQA Certification is one of the world’s leading UKAS accredited certification bodies with over 30 years’ experience in management systems certification.

NQA has more than 43,000 active certificates in over 80 counties for standards including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, ISO 22000 and many more.

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