Canadian Solar subsidiary Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario has been awarded certifications of conformance to the health and safety management system OHSAS 18001:2007 and environmental management system ISO 14001: 2004 by systems certification provider TÜV Rheinland.
Canadian Solar’s PV module manufacturing facility in Guelph, Ontario earned the accreditation for its adherence to its fully integrated three tier management system including the ISO 9001 Quality Standard along with Environmental Standard ISO 14001 and Health and Safety Standard OHSAS 18001 and now joins the company’s Chinese facilities in holding the certificates.
ISO 14001 is a cyclical environmental management system whereby measures are reviewed and updated annually, or more frequently than annually, giving companies and employees the best opportunity to assess the environmental impact of manufacturing processes and adjust to improve practice accordingly.
The occupational health and safety management system OHSAS 18001 is used widely throughout the world and helps prevent, control and assess workplace health and safety risks while reducing overheads to companies in terms of insurance costs and minimising risks.
Simone Robson, lead auditor at TÜV Rheinland was quoted by Reuters as having said: “The facility is truly a showpiece – clean and organized, with good use of visual management tools…the management and employees are highly experienced professionals, knowledgeable, dedicated and really care about the environment, health and safety.”
Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario is also now supplying PV modules to the British market, having received the British Board of Agrement (BBA) MCS certificate BBA 0030. Earlier this year Canadian Solar announced that its partnership with Strata Solar would develop a 15 project, 85MW portfolio in the coming years with the first three plants, in North Carolina already close to completion.