FOOD waste recycler Andigestion has been accredited with an international standard for its occupational health and safety management systems at both its AD sites.
The award of ISO 45001 recognises the company’s commitment to improving employee safety, reducing workplace risks and creating better, safer working conditions at both its Gloucestershire and Devon plants. ISO 45001 now supercedes the company’s previous OHSAS 18001 accreditation.
“Naturally we’re delighted to achieve this accreditation which acknowledges the high health and safety standards at both our sites, and gives employees and customers the reassurance that we work to the very highest levels required,” commented Mike Lowe, Operations Director.
“I’d like to thank our on-site compliance teams and all members of staff across both sites who worked hard to achieve ISO 45001 and who deliver the very highest standards of operational excellence every day.”
Andigestion’s two sites – Holsworthy near Bude and Bishop’s Cleeve near Cheltenham – recycle a combined total of up to 110,000 tonnes of Gloucestershire and the south west’s household and commercial food waste each year. Through its anaerobic digestion (AD) process, Holsworthy produces 70MWh of clean, green and eco-friendly electricity per day – enough to power 6,000 homes – while Bishop’s Cleeve, through the production of biomethane gas which is fed into the national grid, contributes enough energy for around 10,000 homes a year.
The by-product of the process from both plants – a mineral-rich, liquid biofertiliser – is used by local farmers as a sustainable alternative to carbon-intensive chemical fertilisers.
Holsworthy was also certified last month (June) under the prestigious ABDA-managed Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS), one of just three UK plants to hold the accreditation. Bishop’s Cleeve will also be assessed for ADCS accreditation.