ISO 14001 is a standard which outlines how to put an effective environmental management system in place. It’s designed to help businesses remain commercially successful without overlooking environmental responsibilities.
In addition to this, the company also has been awarded OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) certification, which confirms that Northgate is practising suitable and effective health and safety management to prevent workplace risks and accidents.
In order to achieve these accreditations, the company undertook a audits across four of its 77 locations to review the policies, procedures and controls it currently has in place to achieve the best possible working conditions for its employees, aligned to international best practice standards.
These accreditations are recognised both nationally and internationally and cover all of Northgate’s operations and locations across the UK and Ireland.
Colin Gilstin, head of group safety and environment at Northgate Vehicle Hire, commented on the achievement: “Particularly in our industry, environmental sustainability is an ongoing challenge and something we are committed to continually improve upon. This accreditation confirms that our impacts associated with current and future business activities are aligned to best practice with respect to our environments that we work in.
“Health and safety is extremely important at Northgate and something we actively encourage at every level of the company, so I am delighted that our ongoing commitments have been recognised. It is testament to the enthusiasm of all our employees who each day support the various health and safety initiatives we have put in place.”