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ISO 14001 success for Thomas Armstrong (Concrete Blocks) Ltd and Stocks Bros Ltd

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification for our concrete block manufacturing facilities at Rowlands Gill, Newcastle and Stocks Bros Ltd, Leeds.

This means that our largest Ultralite, Insulite lightweight aggregate and dense concrete block facilities at Rowlands Gill and Leeds are now fully certified to this presigious interantional standard.

Not only is this achievement a clear demonstration of our commitment to reducing the impact on the environment of our operations but also allows the builder to gain maximum credits in schemes promoting the use of responsibly sourced and sustainable building products such as the Code for Sustainable Homes.

A long and arduous process.......

Gaining certification to this standard is a very difficult and lengthy process. Not only do standards of cleanliness and operational control on site have to be exceptional, but just as critical is gaining a clear understanding and commitment to environmental management from all employees and at all levels; from cleaning staff to senior management. Furthermore, an extraordinary level of detail is required in creating, implimenting and continually reviewing operational procedures, training, reporting mechanisms and emergency response procedures and practice.

Everybody on both sites worked extremely hard in raising standards to the high and demanding levels required, and many of the best ideas and solutions to problems came from the site personnel themselves and we as a company were extremely proud of the effort put in by all concerned.

An ongoing process........

Having gained certification we are now operating even cleaner, better organised and safer sites and have taken further steps to eliminate any sources of possible pollution. This is not the end however. EN ISO 14001 demands an ongoing process of review and continual improvement reinforced by routine 3rd party certification audits to ensure that standards have not slipped. We are fully committed to ensuring that we strive to further reduce our impact on the environment, utilise energy saving methodologies, eliminate waste and promote the use of recycled materials in our products wherever possible.

What next........

This management system is being rolled out across all remaining sites within the concrete block and paving block manufacturing sector of our group and we aim to have all sites certified within the next 2 years.

For updates as to progress with this system rollout and to download copies of our ISO 14001 certificates, please visit the "Environment & Sustainability" section of the Concrete Blocks area of our website or click here.


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