College gains ISO: 14001:2015 accreditation for environmental efforts

    Abingdon & Witney College have recently been recognised and accredited for the “quality and rigour” of its health and safety, environmental practices and management of its facilities for staff and students.  

    The British Assessment Bureau (BAB), who “certify organisations to recognised ISO standards and provide associated training”, visited the College to establish the quality of its management and organisation systems on health and safety and environmental practices, using audit methods such as interviews, observation of activities and review of documentation and records. 

    The College’s Estates and Capital Development team, who ensure that certain procedures are monitored and tested across all three campuses, are tasked with working towards ISO: 14001:2015 accreditation every year. 

    With the assessment covering the College’s full provision – further education, apprenticeships, higher education and adult education – BAB’s findings resulted in only one minor nonconformity being identified and five opportunities for improvement (OFIs). 

    Positive comments from the assessor’s report included recognition that the “Management Systems are well structured”, “Environmental Procedures are entrenched in the organisation’s activities”, and that “Performance Evaluation…has been established and defined”.

    Only a few other colleges across the country have achieved the same level of accreditation with BAB, who also certify a range of other organisations such as Governmental agencies, universities and smaller businesses.

    The accreditation also follows on from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Silver award that the College achieved earlier in the year.

    Michael Chiyasa, Head of the Estates and Capital Development team, was delighted with the assessment outcome:

    “Both as a college and an employer, we are very pleased to have been accredited and recognised at such a high level and by such a well-established body as The British Assessment Bureau.”

    “The ISO is a symbol of quality in environmental services,” he continued, “and we pride ourselves on leading the way in our practices so that our staff and students can, first and foremost, feel safe in their workplace, and also know that the College is doing its part to rigorously promote environmental responsibility.”

    “Well done to the team and everyone involved!”

    (December 2017)

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