APCOA’s drive to be the first choice in parking received a further boost after its UK business was recognised for its high health, safety and environmental standards.
APCOA’s management systems will now be independently audited by specialised assessment and accreditation company QMS. They will ensure compliance and best practice under the British Standards Industry (BSI) Health and Safety Standard OHSAS 18001, and Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001.
The OHSAS 18001 standard is designed to promote a safe and healthy working environment, which requires businesses to establish frameworks to identify and reduce health and safety risks through enhanced safety systems.
In addition, the ISO 14001 standard comprises a suite of requirements to bring about an effective environmental management system. The purpose of the standard is to help all types of organisations to protect the environment and prevent pollution. For APCOA, it will be to raise the bar on its overall environmental performance.
Graham Morphew, Managing Director for APCOA Parking (UK), said: “Being recognised under the OHSAS 18001 standard has been central to our business objectives, as it demonstrates to our colleagues, clients and customers alike that we take health and safety seriously.
“By the very nature of the parking industry and our managed services’ portfolio, the environment remains a challenge. However, we embrace the need for change and to reduce carbon emissions, so we are delighted to be at the heart of innovation and to work to an international environmental standard that verifies our commitment for a more sustainable future,” added Morphew.
APCOA will now be audited annually by QMS to ensure that the management systems in place are being operated effectively and meeting the objectives set.
APCOA Parking (UK) Ltd. was established in 1971 as a parking management company, and became the first company in the UK to provide on-street parking enforcement in 1986. APCOA currently employs over 2,000 staff in the UK and a further 2,500 staff across 11 other European countries. To date, APCOA is the largest full-service parking management company in Europe, providing a wide range of management and on-street services on behalf of clients at airports, rail stations, shopping centres, town and city centres, hotels, hospitals and universities.