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The A&P Group has been awarded the prestigious Achilles UVDB accreditation across all of its facilities and achieved a 100% success rate in an audit at A&P Falmouth.  

Securing the accreditation enables the A&P Group to use Achilles' proven supplier pre-qualification system to manage risk within the supply chain and comply with EU regulations.

The audit specifically looks at a supplier’s approach to safety, health, environment and quality and corporate social responsibility with Falmouth scoring 100% in all ten criteria.

Kevin Peart, Group HSEQ Director for A&P, said: “It is a huge accolade to achieve 100% pass rate with Achilles. It means all of our facilities are now certified and we have a group-wide certificate.

“Undergoing an audit encourages suppliers to improve their business operations on a regular basis and step up their game each year.

“As part of the audit process, Achilles' qualified assessors validate everything from on-site accident records to ensuring organisations have a valid corporate social responsibility policy. This is a huge step forward for us.”

A&P’s number one priority is to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of its staff, customers and sub-contractors. A&P has worked collaboratively with Lloyds Register to achieve ISO 9001:2015; ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001 - the very highest standards in quality, health, safety and environment, and has been certificated to BS 44001 by BSI for collaborative working practice in the supply of through-life support to MoD RFA ships managed by DE&S represented by CSS.

A&P Group also launched its Work Safe, Home Safe (WSHS) initiative, which outlines a set of four core values - care, commitment, communication and compliance - which form the basis of the safety culture at A&P. The purpose of WSHS is to provide clear direction on the core behaviours and attitudes which determine a safe and healthy business.

David McGinley, Managing Director of Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services Limited, said: “By implementing effective HSEQ management systems across A&P Group, we continue to strive to foster a positive HSEQ culture, which will ultimately sustain an injury and incident free working environment.  This is a group wide commitment which will benefit our own staff, customers and supply chain.”