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ABN mill gets Health & Safety Standard

ABN's Sherburn mill is the first compound feed mill in the UK to be recommended by the British Standards Institute (BSI) for accreditation to BS OHAS 18001, the International Health & Safety Standard.

The mill is one of the UK's largest producers of compound feed for pigs and poultry at over 150,000 tonnes a year.

Alex Masih, ABN Supply Chain Director, said "As part of our on going commitment to improving the Health and Safety of our people, visitors and contractors, ABN set itself the ambitious target of gaining this accreditation for all its 9 mills. We know that major retailers and food manufacturers look favourably on suppliers achieving OHAS 18001accreditation. This is another clear indication of ABN's commitment to ensuring we meet the needs of the wider food industry, having previously achieved BS 14001 for environmental management at all our mills."

To achieve OHAS 18001, the mill had to satisfy a number of exacting criteria, including [planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control; training, awareness and competence; emergency preparedness and response; performance measuring, monitoring and improvement].

Mr Masih added: "The Sherburn team had spent ten months working towards achieving this accreditation by BSI, which is a clear indication of their effort, thoroughness and commitment to their colleagues, customers and suppliers."

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