Manufacturing centres of Axalta Coating Systems has received certification of conformance with the requirements of the ISO 14001:2004 standard.
The certification has been accredited by Lloyd’s Register LRQA and is valid for three years. The certification applies to all 34 of Axalta’s majority-owned manufacturing facilities that produce liquid and powder coatings.
“We are very proud to receive ISO certification again and be recognised for our global efforts to maintain and continually improve our multi-site Environmental Management System (EMS),” said Peter Hurd, Axalta Senior Vice President for Operations. “Our renewed certification is a testament to the effort, dedication and know-how of the people of Axalta across the globe. Their diligence and capabilities help protect our assets, our employees and the communities in which we operate.”
ISO 14001 certification provides assurance to employees, customers and corporate partners, as well as to the general public and regulatory agencies, that companies adopt a systematic approach to environmental responsibility. The ISO 14001 program enables organisations to measure the environmental impact of their activities, to set environmental objectives, and to implement assessment and reporting processes to ensure environmental performance is continually improved.
In order to be recertified as compliant with ISO 14001 requirements, Axalta underwent a demanding evaluation process in 2014 that included third-party audits at 11 of its 34 manufacturing facilities. The audits focused on site compliance with the ISO 14001 standard as well as compliance with the Axalta global EMS. Each site passed a rigorous evaluation process covering a multitude of procedures, programmes and practices within five criteria: environmental policy, planning, implementation and operation, checking and corrective action, and management review. The recertification process culminated in a comprehensive audit in December, 2014 by LRQA of the Axalta global headquarters, during which the effectiveness of the global EMS was assessed.
To maintain certification, LRQA will continue to perform semi-annual audits of Axalta’s headquarters and a representative sampling of certified sites to ensure compliance and to assess initiatives for continued improvement. Customers can be confident that Axalta will continue to provide the high quality products and services they have come to expect well into the future.