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Flowline Specialists Secures ISO 45001:2018 Accreditation

Flowline Specialists Secures ISO 45001:2018 Accreditation

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01 May 2019

Scottish energy equipment manufacturer and service provider Flowline Specialists has been awarded ISO 45001:2018 certification following a recent audit.

The Oldmeldrum-based firm has attained the new occupational health and safety certification following a successful audit by risk management and quality assurance company DNV GL.  Gaining the new standard follows the reaccreditation of Flowline Specialists’ ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards last year.

ISO 45001 accreditation aims to create better and safer working conditions globally.  It supersedes the previous benchmark for occupational health and safety, OHSAS 18001 certification, which Flowline Specialists also held.

Published in March 2018, the new standard follows the common structure of other international management systems, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, allowing better integration between all such standards.

Central to the new certification is continual improvement of occupational health and safety in the workplace.  Led by management, key to achieving that is increased consultation with and participation of employees.  The certification provides a framework to improve the safety of employees and contractors, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work.

As part of the process to achieve ISO 45001 certification, Flowline Specialists has implemented improved worker competence and training programmes, while increasing the level of workforce involvement in meetings and risk management processes.

The work to achieve ISO 45001 certification has been led by Donald Walker, Flowline Specialists’ QHSE manager.

Jim Smith, CEO of Flowline Specialists, said: "Gaining ISO 45001 certification is a great achievement for the company that reinforces our commitment to safe working practices and the health and well-being of our workforce.  Continual improvement of our QHSE system is something we have always striven to do, in order to ensure our staff and contractors operate in the safest possible working environments.

"This new standard will support our continued growth around the world, providing increased confidence to the companies we work with in the oil and gas, subsea, decommissioning and renewable energy supply chains.”