As holders of numerous bespoke waste environmental permits, we must prove that we are technically competent to manage the operations at our facilities.

Until recently O.C.O proved technical competency through the WAMITAB scheme, run jointly with the CIWM but earlier this year the business decided that introducing a Competence Management Scheme (CMS) would not only prove technical competence but provide security for the business and improve the competence of the workforce as a whole.  This Scheme is run jointly by EU Skills and the Environmental Services Association (ESA). 

With O.C.O already having an Integrated Management System certified to the three main ISO standards (ISO 45001, 9001,14001) by Alcumus ISOQAR, it meant that the key elements of a CMS were already implemented within the business, that’s not to say that further work wasn’t required to introduce and embedded a certified CMS, though!

After the completion of a GAP analysis earlier this year against the CMS standard, the introduction of new policies and procedures and further training of our employees, it with great pleasure that we can now announce that our CMS has received certification from LRQA.

This is a fantastic result for us as we continue to drive improvement throughout our business and its operations.  

Pictured below is our HSEQ Manager, Lee Thompson, who lead the implementation of the CMS, along with LRQA Auditor, Holly Witchalls, who it was a pleasure to meet and have onsite.

Holly Witchalls, LRQA Auditor with O.C.O’s HSEQ Manager Lee Thompson