The company has achieved OHSAS 18001 (an international occupational health and safety management system specification) after six months of intensive activity driven by a determination to have the new standard in place for the start of 2013.

Bender specialises in the development of innovative solutions for safe handling of electrical power specifically tailored to meet the needs of its customers across a wide range of sectors from healthcare, rail and marine engineering through to electric cars, data handling centres and solar power generation.

Health and Safety Manager Jon Lyons was given the objective by Bender UK Managing Director Steve Mason to obtain the safety award. However, Jon pays tribute to the commitment and dedication of the whole company which was needed to reach the required standard, including the implementation of a Health and safety working group which enhanced the bid. Jon explains: "Bender UK has an excellent safety record – as you would expect from a company which is in the business of electrical safety across sectors where the power system availability is crucial, such as healthcare and operating theatres, data centres, power generation and high-tech manufacturing.

"A large part of our service support and installation takes place on customer sites so Bender wanted to be able to show the highest safety standard by gaining OHSAS 18001, and that meant examining and if necessary upgrading management procedures, quality systems and safety protocols within the business."

Accreditation to OHSAS 18001 will ensure that Bender UK has the relevant qualities to adhere to large contractor safety requirements and complements ‘Zero Harm’ policies which many now adopt. It will also give Bender UK a competitive edge over other organisations not accredited to OHSAS 18001 and will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts. In addition to this award, Bender UK has just been awarded ‘Safe Contractor’ accreditation – a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management.