Power resistor manufacturer Cressall has achieved the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certification. The company’s new accreditation is a testament to its dedication to safe and reliable practices. In recognition, Cressall was issued a certificate of approval on February 22, 2016. 

OHSAS 18001 is an internationally applied British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems. OHSAS audits identify and control health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legal compliance and help to improve the overall performance of a company. In earning the accreditation, Cressall has proved to an independent and impartial certification body that its health and safety procedures are of the highest level.

Cressall manufactures resistors and load banks for a variety of industries, including marine, oil and gas and energy. Many Cressall products can be found in critical or back-up power applications and so reliability is imperative. To become recommended for OHSAS 18001 approval, Cressall had to undergo a set of two audits.

The initial stage focussed on the health and safety documents and arrangements Cressall created as part of its occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). This includes everything from maintaining a list of approved contractors to checking regulatory compliance. The independent certification body then checked Cressall’s systems against the requirements of OHSAS 18001.

The second stage of the certification process looked at the activities Cressall undertakes on a daily basis, from hazard identification to fire safety.

“We’ve invested a lot of time and effort when it comes to staff training and safety, and so this accreditation feels like a just reward,” explained managing director, Simone Bruckner. “However, we’ve seen benefits in other areas of the business too. The OHSAS 18001 auditing process has not only improved our health and safety procedures, but also our quality processes too.

“Consequently, we’ve created a preventative maintenance schedule for key machinery and developed a detailed list of our approved contractors. This not only makes Cressall a safer place to work, but also gives our customers peace of mind when it comes to proven reliability.”

Cressall adds OHSAS 18001 to the other certifications it has achieved, including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which relate to quality and environmental management systems.