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BGP has announced that it has become the first UK print company to achieve 100% in the British Print Industries Federation’s (BPIF) Seal of Excellence certification for Heath & Safety.

The new Seal of Excellence certification, which was launched by the BPIF earlier this year, is aimed at helping printers show their customers how they have been improving their performance in crucial areas, one of which is Health & Safety.

Bgp group scored an amazing 100% in the audit requirements, and becomes the first company to have attained the 100% perfect score mark for the prestigious certification in the UK so far.

The company undertook a Seal of Excellence audit in October this year, having previously attained a 93% score in the Seal of Excellence Awards Health & Safety category earlier in the year.

Explaining the company’s achievement, Neil Ironmonger, Health & Safety Manager at bgp said, “Following our achievement at the awards, I called in Tom Rayer, the BPIF’s Health & Safety Adviser for the South West & Midlands Region to see if he could come in and put the company through a Seal of Excellence certification for Health & Safety, and hopefully help us achieve the 100% mark.

Tom then went in to bgp to undertake the half-day audit on 17th October, following which he informed bgp they had passed with, “flying colours”, achieving the perfect score.

The comprehensive audit assesses the following criteria; Management of health & safety, control of machinery hazards, slips and trips, workplace transport, skin care & occupational dermatitis and COSHH assessments, upper limb disorders in general, lifting and handling of inanimate loads, working at height and fire.

Neil paid tribute to bgp’s senior management, whom he had said had been “extremely supportive” in terms of improving efficiencies and adhering to his requests.

“It’s also a great acknowledge to the staff, who have also played a major part in helping bgp to attain the award,” he stated.

“Together with their continued support, and the support of both Chairman David Holland and the Board, we can now work together towards achieving zero incidents at bgp.”

A follow-up assessment to ensure the company is continuing to comply with the audit’s criteria is carried out every 2 years.



Notes to editors

About BGP:

Based in Bicester, Oxon, BGP is the largest single site web offset facility in the UK operating in the publishing, commercial, directory and financial markets, providing a 24 hour service, 7 days a week.

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