July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:
CSIQ) (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar"), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario Inc., has received the OHSAS 18001: 2007 health and safety management system and ISO 14001: 2004 environmental management system, certifications of conformance. The internationally recognized certifications were authorized by TUV Rheinland, a premier global provider of systems certification to a number of management system standards.
Canadian Solar opened its
Guelph, Ontario manufacturing facility in January 2011. The facility is the largest solar panel module manufacturing plant in
Canada. Canadian Solar is part of a very select group of elite tier 1 PV solar producers to implement a fully integrated 3 Tier management system obtaining full compliance certification for the ISO 9001 Quality Standard, ISO 14001 Environmental Standard and the OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety System. These certifications obtained by Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario Inc. are in addition to the module manufacturing facilities in
China which are certified to these certifications which are in good standing. As a result, Canadian Solar has achieved international recognized high standard of environmental, health and safety management for all of its facilities globally.
Concurrently, Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario Inc., is now approved for products listed on the British Board of Agrement (BBA) MCS certificate BBA 0030, supplying PV modules to the UK market as well.
, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said, "We are pleased to achieve the important OHSAS and ISO certifications, which both underscores our dedication to our employees' occupational health and safety and demonstrates our commitment to reducing the use of hazardous materials for the environment."
"What became very apparent with Canadian Solar was that the management team was very much involved and took a keen interest in providing resources and support to achieve the objective of registering an integrated environmental and health and safety management system to ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007," said
, Lead Auditor at TUV Rheinland. "The facility is truly a showpiece – clean and organized, with good use of visual management tools. Importantly, the management and employees are highly experienced professionals, knowledgeable, dedicated and really care about the environment, health and safety."
About ISO 14001:2004
The cyclical nature of this management system further ensures all system information is reviewed and updated at least annually. When streaming operations, organizations often see monetary savings as a result of greater operational efficiency and energy conservation, and reduction in use of hazardous materials and generation of hazardous wastes. ISO 14001 gives people an avenue to raise environmental issues and makes it clear that environmental performance is an important part of the corporate culture. By reviewing the procedures for controlling significant operations, including a review of emergency preparedness and response procedures, organizations are able to identify and implement significant safety improvements.