Yorkshire Building Society awarded top health and safety standard

Yorkshire Building Society has been recognised for its commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of colleagues and customers by achieving certification to the Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard, OHSAS 18001.

The Bradford-based mutual was awarded the internationally recognised European Standard for health and safety management following a comprehensive assessment of its head office sites and a select number of branches.

Alcumus ISOQAR, the external UKAS Accredited Certification Body who audited the Society, reviewed the organisation’s approach to investigating and reacting to accidents, its arrangements for responding to an emergency and the safety and maintenance of equipment. 

The Yorkshire was commended by auditors for the work it is doing around colleague wellbeing, the facilities provided and its approach and processes to prevent injury and ill-health to colleagues.

Stephen White, Chief Operating Officer at Yorkshire Building Society, said:

As a responsible organisation we naturally want to do all we can to ensure the health and safety of all our colleagues and customers.

We’re very proud to have achieved this OHSAS certification, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering best practice health and safety management. We will now look to continually improve on what we already do well to ensure a safe environment in which we can work and do business with our customers.

OHSAS 18001 helps organisations put in place demonstrably sound occupational health and safety practices and is a widely recognised and respected occupational health and safety management system.

Nikki Samme, Director of Alcumus ISOQAR, said:

We are delighted to certify Yorkshire Building Society against the OHSAS 18001 management standard. Having worked closely with the Yorkshire’s team over the past few months, it has been delightful to see the enthusiasm and engagement from all staff in the process; they are a leading example of how UK organisations should demonstrate their commitment to gaining an occupational health and safety standard.


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