JS Wright leads way with 45001 accreditation

J S Wright has enhanced its reputation as one of the industry’s safest business operators after clinching a new globally recognised management award.

The 130-year-old company, which has offices in Birmingham and London, has achieved certification to the new ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management standard, the world’s first international OHS standard, which has replaced its BS OHSAS 18001 accreditation for protecting employees.

As one of the first M&E building services providers to be awarded the coveted accreditation, global standards organisation BSI assessed J S Wright on its approach to health and safety against a rigorous and robust set of processes.

J S Wright’s IMS & Site Administration Manager Christine Wiesztort and Business Systems Auditor Jane Dimmick led the programme to deliver the integrated approach to health and safety including the involvement of all 186 members of its directly employed workforce required by the new standard.

It took six months of working within the challenging constraints of the Covid-19 lockdown, which included the need for remote auditing, for the IMS team to successfully achieve full compliance.

Christine Wiesztort says: “The IMS team was extremely proud to have achieved this accreditation after overcoming a number of obstacles thrown at us by Covid including a lengthy sixth-month gap during the year to the award.”

Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, comments: “This is a fantastic achievement and thanks go to all involved especially Christine and Jane in what has been a particularly challenging time.

“Achieving ISO 45001 certification provides our clients, suppliers and employees with an added level of confidence in the way we operate.”

The IMS team is already preparing for the company to have all three of its safety, quality and environmental accreditations renewed in the New Year.

Established in Birmingham in 1890, J S Wright designs, manufactures, installs and maintains mechanical and electrical services for the hotel, residential, social housing, student accommodation, leisure and commercial sectors.

The company was voted one of the UK’s Top Ten Specialist Contractors to Work For in the 2016 Construction Enquirer Awards, was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 H&V News Awards, and was named Construction Services Employer of the Year in the 2020 BAME Apprenticeship Awards.

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