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Key accreditation underlines Forgemasters health and safety commitment

14 January 2010

Sheffield Forgemasters has secured a coveted international accreditation to further underline the company's commitment to delivering the highest standards in health and safety.

The award of BS OHSAS 18001:2007, the most widely recognised health and safety management standard in the world, enhances the company’s already impressive health and safety record.

It proves that the historic steelworks’ management system effectively ensures the health and safety of its 800 employees, visitors, suppliers and customers.

To qualify, Forgemasters underwent an intense assessment which included BSI Group officials carefully checking company records and making four visits to the Brightside Lane site over an 18 month period. 

Malcolm Collins, group health and safety director at Forgemasters, said: “This standard is highly sought after so obviously the criteria were tough. But we were determined to achieve it because as a company we believe it is fundamental to have a health and safety management system that is top class.
“It’s taken nearly two years to gain accreditation and the award confirms we have a system that is mature and productive, with highly effective working practices. 

“We are proud of our health and safety record and we remain dedicated to maintaining and, where possible, improving that record.” 

BSI Group officials will annually make two visits to Forgemasters to conduct a thorough review of the management system, ensuring the company still meets the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standard.

Covering 64-acres, Forgemasters is one of only 14 large scale open die forging companies in the world and the only one of its kind in the UK. It has the largest forging and foundry facilities in the UK.

The company, the world’s only independently-owned forgemaster, continues to supply an increasing global demand for high quality engineered products to key industries including defence, nuclear, oil and gas exploration, power generation, marine and construction.