Canadian Solar Receives OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001: 2004 Certifications For Its North American Factory
GUELPH, Ontario, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar"), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario Inc., has received the OHSAS 18001: 2007 health and safety management system and ISO 14001: 2004 environmental management system, certifications of conformance. The internationally recognized certifications were authorized by TUV Rheinland, a premier global provider of systems certification to a number of management system standards.
Canadian Solar opened its Guelph, Ontario manufacturing facility in January 2011. The facility is the largest solar panel module manufacturing plant in Canada. Canadian Solar is part of a very select group of elite tier 1 PV solar producers to implement a fully integrated 3 Tier management system obtaining full compliance certification for the ISO 9001 Quality Standard, ISO 14001 Environmental Standard and the OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety System. These certifications obtained by Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario Inc. are in addition to the module manufacturing facilities in China which are certified to these certifications which are in good standing. As a result, Canadian Solar has achieved international recognized high standard of environmental, health and safety management for all of its facilities globally.
Concurrently, Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario Inc., is now approved for products listed on the British Board of Agrement (BBA) MCS certificate BBA 0030, supplying PV modules to the UK market as well.
Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said, "We are pleased to achieve the important OHSAS and ISO certifications, which both underscores our dedication to our employees' occupational health and safety and demonstrates our commitment to reducing the use of hazardous materials for the environment."
"What became very apparent with Canadian Solar was that the management team was very much involved and took a keen interest in providing resources and support to achieve the objective of registering an integrated environmental and health and safety management system to ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007," said Simone Robson, Lead Auditor at TUV Rheinland. "The facility is truly a showpiece – clean and organized, with good use of visual management tools. Importantly, the management and employees are highly experienced professionals, knowledgeable, dedicated and really care about the environment, health and safety."
About ISO 14001:2004
The cyclical nature of this management system further ensures all system information is reviewed and updated at least annually. When streaming operations, organizations often see monetary savings as a result of greater operational efficiency and energy conservation, and reduction in use of hazardous materials and generation of hazardous wastes. ISO 14001 gives people an avenue to raise environmental issues and makes it clear that environmental performance is an important part of the corporate culture. By reviewing the procedures for controlling significant operations, including a review of emergency preparedness and response procedures, organizations are able to identify and implement significant safety improvements.
About OHSAS 18001:2007
OHSAS 18001 is an occupational health and safety management systems. It exists to help organizations put in place demonstrably sound occupational health and safety performance. It is widely seen as the world's most recognized occupational health and safety management systems standard. The aim of the OHSAS 18001 specification is to prevent, control and reduce hazards and risks within the working environment. OHSAS 18001 certification will support organizations in producing evidence of meeting their legal responsibilities with regard to the health & safety of employees and due diligence. Other major benefits include, reducing waste and increasing efficiency by increasing access to insurance coverage at a reduced cost by having a management system that includes risk minimization and planning.
About Canadian Solar
Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of the world's largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of solar modules, specialized solar products and solar power plants with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia, Canadian Solar has delivered more than 4GW of premium quality solar modules to customers in over 50 countries. Canadian Solar is committed to improve the environment and dedicated to provide advanced solar energy products, solutions and services to enable sustainable development around the world. For more information, please visit www.canadiansolar.com.
About TUV Rheinland
Founded in 1872, TUV Rheinland is a global leader in independent testing, inspection, and certification services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life. The company maintains a presence in 500 locations spanning 65 countries employs 17,000 people and has annual revenues of $2 billion (€1.5 billion). TUV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for a wide variety of companies through its worldwide network of approved labs, testing facilities and education centers. Since 2006, the company has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. For more information, visit www.tuv.com/us.
About British Board of Agrement (BBA)
The British Board of Agrement (BBA) is the UK`s major authority offering approval and inspection services to manufacturers and installers supplying the construction industry. Originally set up in 1966 by Government, but now an independent non-profit distributing organization, the BBA certification and inspection services are recognized by building control, local authorities, industry insurers and key trade associations in the construction industry.
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SOURCE Canadian Solar Inc.