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Clydach achieves ISO9001 and ISO14001 2015 standards

November 15, 2017
Phillip (Phil) Hayman, Quality and Continuous Improvement lead specialist at our Clydach Refinery says this year’s ISO audit was a success. Photo: Vale Archive
Our Clydach Refinery. Photo: Vale Archive
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Vale’s nickel Refinery in Clydach, U.K. is one of our many operations that require an annual International Organization for Standardization (ISO) audit by an external body to ensure we are compliant to worldwide standards.

Clydach has a fully integrated management system that includes Quality ISO9001, Environment ISO14001 and Occupational Health and Safety OHSAS18001.

“By integrating all our systems and processes into one complete framework, it enables us to work as a single unit with unified objectives,” said Phillip (Phil) Hayman, Quality and Continuous Improvement lead specialist at the Refinery.

This year the audit was completed between September 25 and Oct 2 and resulted in us achieving the 2015 Standards, without any non-conformances or any recommendations for corrective actions. The latest release for ISO9001 and ISO 14001 was in 2015.

“Achieving this goal is a credit to the teams responsible and the culture of the workforce,” said Phil. “It shows our employees’ collective commitment to achieving world-class performance in challenging times. It’s important for us to communicate this achievement to our customers and other interested parties.”


The purpose of this standard is to assist companies in meeting statutory and regulatory requirements relating to their product while achieving excellence in their customer product quality, continuous improvement, service and delivery. Phil said one example of how Clydach demonstrated compliance with the new standard was around strategic risk management. “We complete an annual SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities & Threats) analysis for every department, which helps us set our annual and long-term targets and objectives. These, in turn, are deployed and communicated to all employees at Clydach, who have an opportunity to offer their input and to better understand their part in Continuous Improvement.”


This ISO helps organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders. An example of this at Clydach is the control of discharge to the River Tawe, which runs alongside the Refinery. “Through a strictly managed sampling, analysis and response system,” Phil said, “we are satisfying stringent legislative and corporate limits.”


Occupational Health and Safety Assessment (OHSA) is a standard which provides a framework to identify, control and decrease the risks associated with health and safety within the workplace, soon to be replaced by an International safety standard 45001.

“The existing mature health and safety systems at Clydach Refinery align well with the current standard and are expected to largely satisfy the new one,” Phil said. “The permit to work system employed at our Refinery is a good example. It was developed a number of years ago, but has continued to evolve when opportunities to improve have been identified through legislation changes, lessons learned from incident investigations and employee improvement ideas.”

Congrats to our Clydach colleagues who are demonstrating our company values, Prize our Planet, Improve together and Do what is right. Said Phil: “We are very pleased to utilize the enhanced systems to improve the Refinery, the wellbeing of all our employees and our environment.”

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