Leading pallet distribution network Pall-Ex has become the first in its sector to be certified with an integrated management system (IMS) across its business operation.
The system integrates three specific management standards : IS09001:2008 for quality management, ISO14001:2004 for environmental management and OHSAS18001:2007 for health and safety management.
Managing director Adrian Russell said the new management system has been achieved in response to the company’s objective of meeting future environmental and health and safety challenges as efficiently as possible.
Adding that the innovative system, which has been branded internally as EPICENTRE, also provides the business with easy and quicker access to all key management information.
"Pall-Ex has successfully maintained its ISO9001:2000 quality management system since February 2003, and this has provided the business with a structured framework which has allowed us to work seamlessly together in line with company procedures and approved practices," he said.
"With the existing quality management system as its backbone, EPICENTRE brings additional strength to our business by allowing us to streamline more information than ever before.
"By driving a broader focus to all elements of our business including health and safety and the environment, EPICENTRE provides everyone at Pall-Ex with an extremely comprehensive, valuable and easily accessible information resource."
Pall-Ex – which is the UK’s number one network for distribution of palletised freight – has continued to demonstrate its commitment to improving health and safety and environmental performance.
Key initiatives developed in recent years include working with the Health & Safety Executive to reduce pedestrian movements within its Hub environment; continuing to operate a cleaner, greener compressed natural gas fleet of trucks; and endorsing the design of an efficient trailer to its membership of hauliers to reduce fuel costs and environmental impact.