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Multiple ISO Success for the A1 Group

A smooth transition from IS0 19001 to ISO 45001


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The A1 Group are thrilled to have successfully completed their migration to ISO 45001. Their original BS OHSAS 18001 has been replaced by ISO 45001 the new international standard for occupational health and safety management.

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is designed to prevent work-related injury and ill-health and to provide safe and healthy workplaces. The new and improved standards set out the need for greater top-down management of health and safety involving all levels of the organisation through increased communication. Fortunately for the A1 Group, the internal processes and procedures already in place meant it was a smooth transition between the two accreditations. During the transition between the two accreditations, The A1 Group improved their internal Health & Safety training program by increasing ‘toolbox talks’ across all of their organisations and also by introducing an external annual H&S refresher training course for all staff, to go alongside the training already carried out in-house.

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10 years of ISO accreditation for the A1 Group

As part of their full audit that took place in March, the A1 Group have also maintained their ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations showing our continued commitment to all aspects of health & safety and environment awareness (ISO 14001) and also their quality management (ISO 90001). A1 Group has now held their ISO accreditations for over 10 years, having come a long way from the original scrap yard that started up in 1976!

Due to COVID restrictions, the full site audit took place remotely and was led by their Director, Clive Owen, and H&S Advisor Sean Whittle via telephone and video consultation. The successful migration to 45001 and the ability to maintain 14001 and 9001 show the commitment of all staff within the organisation and they are incredibly grateful to everyone involved. A huge thank you goes to Sean of HR & Business Solutions ( and JR Consultants ( who were instrumental in these achievements.



About A1 Group

A1, specialise in innovative, integrated waste management solutions made simple. From portable toilet hire and drainage solutions to scrap metal recycling and second-hand car spares – A1 provide one-off services, through to long term contracts all with great flexibility. With their integrated services, busy fleet of specialist vehicles and outstanding customer service, A1 are ready to help you manage your waste better.

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.