Manufacturing firm meets supply chain requirements through ISO 14001 certification with Newground’s guidance to develop legal and aspects registers.

BCW Engineering Ltd (Environmental Aspects and Legal Registers)

The Challenge

BCW Engineering Ltd, founded in 2002, is a first-tier supplier to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in both the automotive and aerospace industries.

Being able to demonstrate sound environmental practices is key in these industries and so BCW Engineering found itself being increasingly asked by suppliers for evidence of a certified environmental management system.

The Company decided to implement an environmental management system to the requirements of ISO 14001. BCW already ran an ISO 9001-certified quality management system, plus sector specific standards TS 16949 and AS 9100, and was confident to implement the common elements of the ISO 14001 Standard themselves; however guidance was sought on how to develop environmental legal and aspects registers; two key requirements of ISO 14001.

Newground’s approach and solution

Newground utilised the Legislation Update Service to develop bespoke online environmental legal and aspects registers for the Company.

The first step was to identify what environmental legislation applied to the Company’s activities and use this information to build a legal register. Once the register was set up, an initial compliance evaluation was carried out to assess how BCW complied against each piece of law.

Following this, Newground assisted the BCW to identify its environmental aspects. The information was used to develop an environmental aspects register and each aspect was scored against recommended criteria to allow the Company to prioritise the aspects. A key feature of the work involved linking the two registers together, an important requirement of ISO 14001.

How we made a difference

BCW Engineering successfully achieved certification to ISO 14001 for its Smallshaw site. The Company now has confidence that it is legally compliant, and key relationships within the supply chain have been retained.


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