VIP achieves ISO 14001 with ‘best in class’ management system

VIP-Polymers has achieved ISO 14001 environmental certification with a high quality management control systems.

The assessment, completed by BSI Group, was based on the elements of a management system developed and introduced by VIP Senior Quality Engineer Dan Rowe and VIP Quality and Systems Manager Neil Search in 2016.

The company – a global manufacturer of pipe seals and gaskets, and tunnel segment gaskets – achieved ISO 14001:2015 environmental certification, the latest version of the international standard, which complements its current integrated approach incorporating quality, health and safety.

This is a step forward in the company’s commitment to a system of continual improvement.

VIP has introduced new tools and techniques to its management system to align with both the requirements of working practices at VIP and the ISO standard.

This includes the introduction of a new form of life-cycle assessment, known as a Chi-Bi diagram, and a new method for assessing risks across all areas of the business.

“The ISO assessor from BSI was very complimentary about our management system, saying we were raising the bar, and that some of its elements were the best he had ever seen at any manufacturer in the UK,” said Mr Rowe.

“It was very pleasing to receive such positive feedback.

“Passing the audit at the first attempt was a great achievement, and reflects the hard work put in by everyone involved.”

Mr Search said the new method of risk assessment was based on a model introducing specific control processes to manage risk rather than a predictive one.

“We have also looked at every stage of how all our seals and gaskets are designed, manufactured, and then used to maximise quality, cut waste and energy use, and reduce their impact on the environment,” said Mr Search.

“Thanks to this process, which has involved every team in our organisation, our customers can be sure we are continuously improving the sustainability, quality, and value of our products.”

For more information visit the VIP Polymers website.

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