Lambda UK, the leading power supply manufacturer has achieved registration to ISO 14001, the world class environmental management system with the British Standards Institution (BSI). The registration applies to both the company’s Ilfracombe sites in Devon UK.
While the registration process involved Lambda’s H,S&E (Health, Safety and Environmental) Manager, Andy Dorr virtually full time for six months the movement towards environmental management began long before. Andy Dorr says, “We picked up on the environmental side of our business well over five years ago. In the meantime we have been putting in place many initiatives but ISO 14001 will formalize and focus our procedures and processes.”
While undoubtedly a large undertaking ISO 14001 does integrate into Lambda’s existing ISO 9001 quality registration procedures. This aspect cuts down on any audit duplication and once the initial identification of environmental aspects has been completed the management of them can become part of the day to day routine.
As well as the altruistic motivation towards registration, which has been encouraged from a corporate level, Lambda has experienced other benefits such as a large reduction in the amount of waste it send to landfill (and the subsequent cost) plus a reduction in the Climate Change Levy which all industrial companies pay.
“However” states Andy Door “perhaps the most significant benefit of working towards and achieving ISO 14001 registration is the effect it has had on Lambda’s people. The initiative has raised the awareness of all the people in the company concerning environmental management. Indeed, people have taken the ideas of recycling and energy efficiency home with them and this can only be a positive step towards lessening the impact we have on the environment.”
The company designs and manufactures power supplies for a wide range of applications including test and measurement, factory automation, process control, medical, communications, computing and COTS (commercial off-the-shelf). Lambda offers a comprehensive range of AC-DC power supplies and DC-DC converters, backed by fully-automated electronic assembly lines coupled with stringent testing procedures. Lambda is a unit of TDK Corporation (TDK ADR (NYSE) TDK (LON) TDK (BRU)) a leading global electronics company headquartered in Tokyo.
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