GAP has successfully achieved certification to the first international standard for Occupational Health and Safety ISO 45001 2018, replacing its existing OHSAS 18001 certification.
By achieving ISO 45001, GAP continues to demonstrate its organisational resilience through proactive risk prevention, innovation and continual improvement. By meeting the new requirements, GAP demonstrates its strengthened legal and regulatory compliance whilst achieving the highest safety standards of hire services across its UK wide depot network and supporting business functions.
The ISO 45001 standard also requires GAP to prove active employee engagement with health and safety and leadership commitment. This fantastic achievement confirms GAP’s ‘safety consciousness’, ‘one team’ approach and confirms a safety culture that is embedded within business objectives and strategic aims.
The new standard was published in March 2018 with a 3-year deadline to achieve certification. GAP’s business and organisational agility has been instrumental in achieving certification in the first year of publication.
GAP’s Head of Safety, Risk & Compliance Allister Maxwell commented:“I am delighted with our ISO certification as it confirms GAP is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment for employees and to achieving the highest safety standards for the plant, tools and equipment hired to our customers.
“ISO 45001 aligns with other key international standards GAP has achieved such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality management and environmental management respectively. Well done GAP!”
GAP Hire Solutions has over 140 locations strategically placed across the UK, with eight divisions offering a wide range of hire equipment and services. Traditionally known for plant & tool hire, GAP moved into hiring Non-Mechanical plant, such as fencing and barriers in 2009 and established their Lifting Hire & Sales division in 2011. In 2014, GAP diversified further and launched their Welfare Services, Event Services, Survey & Safety Hire and Vehicle Hire divisions to offer their customers a complete hire solution under the one GAP umbrella. 2015 saw the establishment of a new London Tools & Access division which was set up to deliver a bespoke service to customers within the M25 with fast collection and deliveries.