14 August 2009
WYG Ireland, part of the WYG Group, has helped three local contractors to achieve accreditation for internationally recognised quality and environmental management standards.
Glasgiven Contracts, Felix O’Hare & Co and Connolly & Fee reached the standards which will enable them to reduce costs and gain competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Ray Moore, Group Managing Director of WYG Ireland said: “We are seeing more and more demand from responsible businesses who are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment and improve on quality. Environmental risks, such as waste management, waste reduction and pollution prevention, need to be actively managed to ensure an improvement in performance.
“We have worked with hundreds of contractors throughout Northern Ireland to improve their operations and achieve accreditation for a range of internationally-recognised standards. Our in-depth knowledge of the ISO9001 and 14001 standards combined with our experience of the Northern Irelandbuilding industry has enabled us to help these three clients to achieve quality and environmental compliance efficiently and effectively, whilst meeting the specific needs of their business,” he added.
WYG Ireland’s Environmental Management team, supported the development and implementation of an integrated Environmental Management System (EMS) for each client, and all three building contractors were able to achieve ISO14001 accreditation at the first attempt. The EMS will enable each organisation to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the management of their environmental risks, such as waste and pollution. This improved management will result in significant cost-savings with respect to consumption, waste and recycling and a potential reduction in public liability insurance costs.
The team also supported Glasgiven Contracts and Connolly and Fee to achieve the ISO 9001 quality management standard.
All three contractors are delighted with this achievement:
Gerard McClelland, Contracts Manager at Glasgiven Contracts, said: “We greatly appreciate the support of the WYG EMS team which helped us to analyse and monitor our quality and environmental systems in our journey towards ISO9001 and ISO14001 Accreditation. Their knowledge of the systems ensured our compliance with current legislation both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This accreditation has led to a much more streamlined management system where quality is paramount and costs are greatly reduced through reduction in waste. Ultimately this will lead to greater opportunities for our company at a time when the procurement of construction projects is much more competitive.”
Shane Connolly, Contracts Manager, Connolly & Fee Ltd, said: “Now that we have achieved full ISO9001 & ISO14001 accreditation, we will benefit from increased efficiency, revenue, employee morale and better decision making processes. It will improve supplier relationships and our control of documentation. It will help to reduce costs as well as improve Connolly & Fee's awareness of its impact on the environment.”
Fionnuala Magee, Felix O’Hare & Co Ltd, said: “We were delighted with the support that we received from WYG in working towards accreditation to ISO 14001. Now that we have received this accreditation we can easily identify aspects of our business that impact on the environment and understand those environmental laws that are relevant. It also allows us to demonstrate to our business partners and to the community that we are environmentally responsible as well as continually improving on our performance.”