25 March 2014

Barrett Steel accredited with a trio of landmark awards

Three sites in the Barrett Steel Group have been accredited with three landmark awards. Part of company-wide CE marking, environmental and quality initiatives, York based Barrett Precision Tubes, Newark Steel and Preston-based Advanced Steel Services have been awarded a Factory Production Certificate (CE Marking), ISO14001 and ISO9001. The Barrett Steel Group is working towards repeating these successes across its 42 companies operating from 28 UK locations.

"The trio of awards represents a milestone for the company," explains James Barrett, Group Managing Director. "They are so significant that we are working towards CE marking, environmental and quality management across the entire Barrett Group."

The CE Marking award relates to the Construction Products Directive. Barrett Steel companies proved to the SCCS (Steel Construction Certificate Scheme Ltd) that structural steel is processed in accordance with BS EN 1090-1 and were issued with the EC Certificate of Factory Production Control (FPC). This proves that systems and procedures are sufficiently stringent to deliver the required levels of workmanship and traceability of processed steel to CE accredited manufacturer.

The environmental standard ISO 14001:2004 accreditation is an integral part of a company-wide campaign to reduce its carbon footprint, as Mel Bray, Director of Integrated Management Systems, explains: "The ISO 14001 system provides a framework for an effective environmental management system, whilst helping the business to grow.

"The award is part of an Environmental Improvement Strategy, which will see our national and international operations accredited by the end of 2015. The strategy includes a targeted reduction in energy and resource demands, along with a waste management programme to ensure we minimise waste output, increase recycling levels and target for a zero-to-landfill business."

An example of one of the initiatives includes a solar PV project at the Bradford head office, which covers 1240m² of roof space. 728 solar panels will provide the site with clean electricity for decades, saving approximately 80,000 kg of CO2 annually and resulting in the excess generation of electricity being fed back into the national grid. The company is also installing solar panels across its UK sites.

Barrett Steel, which has recently created a new Energy Products Division to service the global energy markets, has reported an increase in profits as sales rise.

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