Höganäs AB, headquartered in Höganäs, Sweden, has reported that its Brazil based facility is now certified to ISO 45001, the new international occupational health and safety standard, reported to be the toughest of its kind.
“With the standard in place, Höganäs in Brazil has the methodologies in place to ensure that all activities are in line with the best international safety practices,” stated project manager Victor Teixeira. “Only minor non-conformities were found during the audit, for which the team had action plans already prepared and validated by the auditor.”
Each year, it is estimated that close to three million people die as the result of work-related accidents or diseases across the world. The ISO 45001 standard is said to be part of a global effort to combat this. It takes other international standards in the field into account, as well as the International Labour Organizations’ guidelines and various national and international standards and conventions.
“For Höganäs team in Brazil, the certification will help us know and manage risks, implement better controls and get the involvement of all coworkers,” added Teixeira.
The Höganäs facility in Brazil was the first in the Höganäs Group to take the certification. The company stated that its Abril Industrial Waxes subsidiary, in Bridgend, Wales, UK, will be the next to be audited.