The rental division of Swedish manufacturer Atlas Copco recently became the first rental company worldwide to be awarded triple certification covering Quality, Environment, and Health and Safety Management Systems standards, according to the U.K.-based Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. The standards are ISO 9001 Quality Management; ISO 14001 Environmental Management and OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management.
Atlas Copco, founded in 1873, employs more than 30,000 employees in 83 production facilities in 23 countries, producing compressed air and gas equipment, generators, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools and assembly systems, and services such as pressure testing, and offshore oil and gas pipeline cleaning.
Atlas Copco Rental Services provides compressed air and power rental equipment and services through a global network of rental branches and service centers. Independent, third-party certification from LRQU provides hard evidence that management systems have been put in place to achieve all key environmental, health and safety and quality objectives for Atlas Copco’s Specialty Rental Division.
“When the new rental division was created in 2006, business alignment with Atlas Copco’s other areas became increasingly important,” said Horst Wasel, president of the Specialty Rental Division. “As such, we approached LRQA with regard to a multi-site certification scheme to ensure compliance of all operations with internal and international standards. Our customers’ demands on quality, environmental and safety processes are high and rightly so. Our long-term partnership with LRQA has helped us meet these demands by ensuring our management systems make a real difference for the business, staff and customers.”