After an extensive audit of the company’s Environmental Management System (EMS), Prochem Europe has been granted certification to British Standard EN ISO 14001:2004.
Prochem Compliance Manager, Rose Herridge puts the company’s certification down to its successfully showcasing comprehensive recycling processes and by taking on-board the recommendations from the energy audit and environmental management analysis provided by consultants, RBS Mentor.
‘We were already taking a rigorous approach to our energy usage, but RBS Mentor were able to suggest ways we could improve even further.
Gaining ISO 14001 accreditation has been a particular achievement for the business. ‘We’re very environmentally-conscious and this proves it to our customers,’ she explains.
‘Training is an important factor in our commitment to the Standard – staff are involved in toolbox training sessions and I have a Foundation Certification in Environmental Management co-ordinated by RBS Mentor.
After reviewing lighting throughout the company we will be upgrading to LED lighting in our offices and evaluating opportunities for this technology in the warehouse, too.’
Ray McCabe, Mentor Health, Safety and Environmental Management Consultant, who worked with Rose, says:
‘The accreditors highlighted how impressed they were with Prochem’s EMS and the company subsequently achieved the accreditation with no non-conformances.’
The audit further found that Prochem demonstrated reduced usage of gas, electricity and water (excluding product manufacture) as well as waste control to landfill between 2013 and 2014.
The rain water and grey water collection and re-cycling system in the company’s truck mount bay was cited as a ‘best practice’ initiative, the auditor extending the scope of certification to include ‘specialist cleaning equipment including accessories, service and maintenance’.
‘This accreditation is arguably more important to businesses than the ISO 9001 Quality Management System we achieved back in 1992,’ says company managing director Alan Tilley.
‘With chemical products under increased scrutiny, it’s reassuring for customers to know they are procuring cleaning solutions from manufacturers with certified levels of environmental awareness.
‘We are very pleased to be accredited to this standard and proud to find in the auditor’s comments that our staff perceived EMS is an intrinsic part of daily business at Prochem Europe.’
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About Prochem Europe
Founded in 1974, Prochem Europe Ltd. is a British manufacturer of cleaning and maintenance products for carpets, fabrics and floors. Chemicals solutions are made at the company’s headquarters in Chessington, Surrey and are available through an extensive network of national and international distributors along with its carpet, fabric and floor cleaning equipment, accessories and spares. Britain’s leading commercial provider of training to professional cleaners, Prochem Europe also offers a range of industry-recognised training courses for carpet, upholstery and floor cleaning and maintenance at Chessington, covering the latest techniques and maintenance methods.