The same multi-site certificate covers the company’s operations in Finland, Sweden and Poland alike.

“Upgrading to the new standard was a fairly straightforward process,” says Arnon’s HSEQ Manager Katariina Koski.

“The standard’s worker participation requirement is already provided for by law in all the countries in which we operate. We did not previously have an occupational health and safety system in Sweden, which resulted in more paperwork.”

ISO 45001 extends the pursuit of better occupational safety to all levels of the company’s supplier chain. Certification provides a framework for action and improvement. The main principle of management system standards – continual improvement – is driving the entire company to improve its operations year after year.

In addition to the ISO 45001 certificate, Arnon has an ISO 9001-certified quality management system and ISO 14001 environmental certification.

“Certification is a convenient way to communicate our operating principles to customers. However, our development efforts are designed to benefit the whole organization, not just to pass audits,” Koski explains. “Continual improvement is an integral part of our ethos at Arnon.”