Quinn Packaging have achieved ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management certification following a successful audit in April. The accreditation is recognised globally and represents the highest standards of occupational health and safety.

ISO 45001 was introduced in 2018 to provide a roadmap for organisations to develop a systematic approach to occupational health and safety management. It supersedes OHSAS 18001, which will be phased out by 2021.

The standard applies a risk-based approach to the management of all health and safety matters in the workplace to ensure that management processes are effective and are continually improved in line with industry standards and changes throughout the company.

Quinn Packaging’s Health and Safety Manager, Breda Mulligan, explained,

“This standard represents the highest benchmark and the journey to achieving the certification has been very thorough. Health and safety is everybody’s responsibility and that’s the ethos we operate under here at Quinn Packaging. This involvement of every person in the business was a key part to achieving this certification as it requires all workers to take an active role in occupational health and safety matters. For us, this is crucial to minimising risk and promoting a culture which prioritises health and safety.”

To achieve ISO 45001 standard, an organisation must demonstrate that they have effective occupational health and safety management in place, which includes the implementation of dedicated policies and systematic processes which take into account both risks and opportunities. Eliminating or minimising risk is a very significant part of the standard, with the establishment of operational controls to manage these risks.

Speaking of the achievement, Quinn Packaging’s General Manager, Mark McKenna, said,

“We’re delighted to achieve the ISO 45001 standard which recognises the continuous work we’re doing here in Quinn Packaging to ensure we uphold the highest safety standards and prioritise the wellbeing of everyone who works here.

Our health and safety management must be continually developed as our business and workplace evolves and we continue to learn how to do things better. This is an ongoing process which we will evaluate and seek to improve at all times.

Health and safety comes above all other considerations for us and we have an excellent team who help ensure we have the most stringent controls in place everywhere throughout the organisation. This achievement is testament to the hard work of this team in particular.”