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Case Study

Lucideon Provides Internal Auditor Training for Sibelco UK

Sibelco UK provides advanced industrial minerals to customers throughout the world across a broad range of industries including ceramics, glass, foundry, sports & leisure and paper. As part of the multinational Sibelco Group they add real value to their customers' businesses through a combination of premium quality products, technical support and environmental leadership.

The challenge

As part of its commitment to a safe and healthy working environment for its people, Sibelco UK has established a comprehensive health & safety management system with all of its UK sites externally certified by Lucideon CICS to the OHSAS 18001:1999 specification in addition to ISO 14001:2004 (environment) and ISO 9001:2008 (quality). Integral to this initiative has been appointing 'Safety Champions' at its twelve sites and giving them the responsibility of doing internal audits. To equip staff with the skills they need to carry out the audits, Sibelco asked Lucideon to provide management systems training.

What we delivered

Lucideon developed a customised 'Internal Auditor' course for Sibelco covering, over three separate sessions, the role of an auditor, how to prepare for and conduct an audit, and the key elements of audit reporting. The course had a strong focus on participant involvement with attendees sharing best practice between them and, in order to make the course as practical as possible, attendees were asked to do their own internal audit. A review of these formed the basis of the last session, allowing participants to learn from real-life examples.

Value to the client

Achieving certification means that Ibstock is now also the first UK brick manufacturer to achieve the ISO 50001 standard and, as such, is able to highlight its commitment to sustainable practice and continual improvement.

Tim Watts, Operations Manager, Assurance at Lucideon says:

“Not only has securing ISO 50001 certification helped Ibstock to monitor and reduce its own carbon footprint but this reduction is also passed onto its customers, helping them in turn to reduce their own environmental impact of their supply chain. Accredited certification to ISO 50001 is also supporting Ibstock’s compliance with the UK Government’s new ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) requirement”.

Like many other companies Ibstock are using the ISO 50001 certification route with Lucideon as the cleanest route to compliance with ESOS before the December 2015 deadline. Ibstock is now also able to use the prestigious Lucideon ISO 50001 assurance mark to promote its sustainability practices.