After three years of preliminary work, the Villares Metals occupational health and safety management system successfully fulfilled all criteria and was certified in accordance with OHSAS 18001.
OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) is one of the most well-known and most highly recognized standards for occupational health and safety management systems. Companies are assessed by a team from Bureau Veritas Quality International, an international group specialized in examining, analyzing, assessing and certifying products and processes.
Following a comprehensive examination to determine whether its processes meet certain requirements and guidelines, Villares Metals was assessed and duly certified. The smelting operation, communications and HR were given special mention in the assessment. Very few companies have this certification. This certification shows that the entire management process has been systemized for workplace safety, and the result is a significant reduction in the number of work-related accidents.