SAR Metals [www.sarrecycle.com] is the UK’s leading processor of catalytic converters.
The company is part of a global business that recycles and refines a wide range of scrap that contains precious and base metals. Operating in Brazil, Lithuania, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, U.A.E, United Kingdom and Bangladesh.
Why an integrated management system?
SAR Metals recognised that with significant growth plans the business needed to carry out a strategic review, laying out plans for the planned growth.
They had the vision to understand that ISO management system standards are a great model to adopt when establishing business systems and processes.
Because of our business-led approach to establishing useful, operational, systems and processes based on ISO 9001, quality, and ISO 14001, environmental management, the Senior Management Team chose Episode to support them on the journey. Justas, Business Director, Tomas, Operations Director, and Dave, Compliance Director wer all actively involved in the process, which the auditor said was clearly evident and means the system is a great example of how it should be done.
Starting with a strategy workshop we set out a clear vision for the future, and agreed challenging targets.
It was a real team effort, with every department being actively involved in putting together the business’ handbook. Led By Dave Marsden, Compliance Director, and Kaliegh Knight, Safety, Health Environment and Quality Manager, we captured how things are done. We even translated documentation into Lithuanian for the staff that have come to work from Lithuania.
The result is that there is a clearly defined “SAR way of working”. This means the company will expand in a controlled way.
As importantly, the company is now certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
The journey does not end here though. We are now building a health and safety management system based on ISO 45001. SAR Metals will become one of the first in their sector to be certified to ISO 45001. We are also extending the system to SAR Recycling, the UK’s leading processor of lead acid batteries.