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“Our consultant made the process very easy because he ensured that we met the standards and our legal responsibilities, but was at pains to keep things simple.”

The Bituchem Group achieves a fully integrated management system

Roger Lord, Managing Director

The Bituchem Group achieves a fully integrated quality, environment and safety management system using ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001


The Bituchem Group is a privately owned company made up of three main business streams:-

  • Bituchem Asphalt Ltd: decorative natural aggregate asphalt surface courses for domestic and public applications
  • Bituchem Building Products Ltd: emulsions for surface dressing and the highways industry, to protect against moisture & frost damage
  • Bituchem Contracting: supply & application of highway preservation products

The company supplies local authorities, principle contractors and smaller contractors across the UK and has also had success in export markets.

The business need

The Bituchem Group’s chosen markets have very high standards for the management of environmental impact, quality and occupational health & safety and the company had already risen to the challenge by becoming certified to ISO 9001 for quality management. The company had also identified that formal systems for environmental and safety management could lead to performance improvements in these important areas and would also lead to a reduction in the effort needed to prepare tender documents.

How Construction Certification helped set up the integrated management system

The company planned to extend their certifications to ISO 14001 for environmental management and to one of the many construction industry schemes, such as CHAS, but after a review with Construction Certification, they found that they could set up a fully integrated HSQ&E management system using the international standard OHSAS 18001 at a similar cost. Construction Certification assigned one of its consultants to work with the Bituchem Group to embed the systems and culture needed to achieve certification to ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 and to build a fully integrated management system using the three standards.  The company was successful in achieving these awards in 2011.

What the Bituchem Group had to say about Construction Certification

“We had identified a strategic business need to show our customers that we have our environmental and safety performance well under control and realised that the best way to do this would be to achieve third-party certification with an internationally recognised body. At the same time, we understood that we were lacking some of the knowledge & resources to complete the project and, when we were introduced to Construction Certification, we were pleased that we had found a consultant that understood immediately what we needed. Our consultant made the process very easy because he ensured that we met the standards and our legal responsibilities, but was at pains to keep things simple.

Our ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 have been in place for three years now and I see evidence of real improvement in our environmental and safety standards. We view our consultant as one of the team and he’s our “go to person” when our clients or regulators give us an unusual challenge.”

Roger Lord, Managing Director

Our consultant has continued to support the Bituchem group as an extension of their team on:-

  • Maintaining the integrated management system
  • Internal audit & site safety inspections
  • Legal registers and compliance audits
  • Permit to work systems
  • Integration of quality, environment & safety management
  • Scheduled maintenance
  • Carbon foot-printing of products
  • Operational business risk assessment
  • COSHH risk assessments
  • Sustainability policy

Bituchem laying a new road surface