3 August 2008

Clifford Devlin has successfully created an ISO14001-compliant environmental management system (EMS) in just six months using the collaborative Fast-Track-14 (FT-14) programme. The London-based demolition contractor received its FT-14 certificate with thirteen other members of Laing O’Rouke’s supply chain at a special ceremony held at the construction firm’s Dartford Head Office in July 2008.

Fast-Track-14 (FT-14) is a scheme developed by ISYS International that combines an innovative ISO 14001 Toolkit with active participation in peer-group workshops that enable applicants to share experiences, solutions and exchange and transfer knowledge. It prepares organsiations for formal ISO 14001 certification.

“Our business strategy is based on whole life partnerships and this is a key part of our business relationships,” commented Clifford Devlin’s Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental manager Paul Clarke-Scholes, who had earlier aimed for ISO 14001 using a traditional system and welcomed FT-14’s speed. “We certainly moved much faster and I am adapting the programme’s process map approach for our OHSAS 18001 system.”

The London-based demolition contractor, which specialises in inner-city projects, is one of several firms to create an EMS with FT-14 within an integrated management system. The company has quality and occupational health and safety management systems certificated against ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 respectively.

Environmental management systems are being increasingly driven through construction supply chains to encourage greater sustainability throughout the industry.

“An EMS provides a structured approach to meeting our client environmental specifications, increasing resource efficiency, minimising waste and reducing our carbon footprint,” said Eddy Taylor, Environment Leader at Laing O’Rourke Construction South, “FT-14 is a way in which we can engage our supply chain to work with us to achieve these objectives.”

Since 2001, ISYS’s highly-structured implementation programmes have helped blue-chips in the USA, Europe, Asia, Australasia and South America to succeed with solutions that include closely-tailored environmental management systems.