Hydro Gas & Chemicals Ltd. has achieved a first in its industry by winning certification for its integrated management of quality control, environment and employee health, safety and welfare from international classifier Det Norske Veritas (DNV Certification).
Hydro Gas & Chemicals Ltd. supplies bulk and packaged industrial gases (including dry ice), chemicals and associated products to UK customers in sectors ranging from beverages, power generation and cool transportation to food processing, local municipalities and water effluent treatment.
Formed in early 2000 through the merger of two separate Hydro businesses, the company's management used the opportunity to review all existing practices and operating systems to improve business performance. They subsequently developed an integrated management system (IMS) based on national and international standards.
The system was assessed by DNV, which found it met the management system standards: BS EN ISO 9002: 1994 (quality), BS EN ISO 14001: 1996 (environment) and OHSAS 18001: 1999 (health and safety).
"By adopting an integrated management system we can ensure our products are manufactured and supplied to customers in the most efficient way, while maintaining the highest environmental and health and safety standards," said Hydro Gas & Chemicals Ltd. managing director Stewart Turner.
"The 'right first time' approach is the key to our efficiency - it keeps customers happy and decreases our costs through reduced product or delivery failures, safety incidents and accident statistics. We're focused on building strategic alliances with our suppliers and subcontractors so they understand the importance of meeting our requirements - plus those of our customers - and are kept up-to-date with the latest market developments," he remarked.
Quality Assurance, Health, Environment and Safety manager, Maria Sanderson, said the supplier quality performance standard of a key customer - one of the world's largest soft-drink manufacturers - has already been integrated into the Hydro Gas & Chemicals' system.
"The response has been so positive among all our stakeholders that we are now planning to incorporate a carbon dioxide standard which is crucial to ensure the quality of CO2 products for the food and drinks industry (BCGA GN10), as well as the company's food management system which is based on the requirements of DS 3027 - HACCP (food safety requirements to be met by food producing companies and their suppliers)," she commented.