12 August 2014
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Triple worldwide recertification for management system

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 recertification for its quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems.

The triple recertification covers all ESAB activities, people and units worldwide. ESAB claims it was the first company in the industry to achieve all-inclusive external certification of these three key management standards.

"ESAB is focused on excellence in all areas of the business and invests heavily in this effort across our global organization," said John Hagen, vice president, global quality and EHS. "This distinguished worldwide recertification reflects our corporate philosophy of continuous improvement. By constantly striving to identify areas to advance our operational processes, product quality and customer service, we operate more efficiently, provide greater value to our customers, a safer working environment for our employees, and reduce our impact on the environment. As a result, we strengthen our global brand."

ISO 9001 certification validates that ESAB's quality processes and systems meet specific criteria for ensuring consistent and continuously improving quality systems that fulfil customer requirements.

ISO 4001 certification promotes efficient and effective environmental initiatives, including global warming countermeasures, elimination of hazardous chemical substances from products, and establishment of a product recycling system. This certification strengthens ESAB's environmental initiatives geared toward greater sustainability.

OHSAS 18001 is widely viewed as the world's most recognised occupational health and safety management systems standard. This management system aids ESAB in consistently identifying and controlling health and safety risks; reducing the potential for accidents; supporting legislative compliance; and improving overall operating performance.

The comprehensive recertification, which is performed every three years, certifies all aspects of ESAB's global business and demonstrates the company's commitment to continuous improvement. One of the largest and most experienced manufacturers of welding and cutting products, ESAB's reach extends to almost every nation in the world, with more than 8,700 employees, and manufacturing facilities across four continents.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. Its stringent criteria are recognised in nearly 200 countries around the world. Developed through global consensus, ISO standards help break down barriers to international trade.

Paul Gay

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