Flatiron Attains Environmental and Safety Certifications
Firestone, Colo. (Mar. 23, 2012) - Flatiron, one of the largest transportation and infrastructure contractors in North America, has attained International Standardization Organization 14001:2004 certification for environmental management, and Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series 18001:2007 certification for occupational health and safety management.
"The OHSAS certification provides a uniform system for management of our safety programs. This will help us ensure that our safety program is constantly improving and is consistent throughout the company," said Rodney Oliver, vice president of corporate health, safety and environment at Flatiron.
The OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognized occupational health and safety management system standard. Flatiron's safety management system achieved OHSAS 18001:2007 certification after a two-phase audit from an independent auditing firm. In phase one, auditors evaluated the development and communication of our policies and procedures and in phase two they reviewed the implementation of these same policies and procedures at the project-level. Flatiron demonstrated that our programs and policies eliminate or minimize risk to employees and others who may be exposed to occupational health and safety risks associated with Flatiron activities.
"The environmental management system certification is a significant accomplishment and is recognition of Flatiron's continued commitment to environmental responsibility and leadership at all levels of our organization," said Dan Lowery, Flatiron's corporate environmental manager.
In 2010, Flatiron piloted a new environmental management program designed to improve operations with respect to environmental compliance. Since then, Flatiron has implemented this program through an international standards convention known as the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Flatiron's EMS passed the first phase of the auditing process in November 2011, and received final certification in February after a field audit from an outside auditing firm. Auditors looked closely at Flatiron's EMS, and determined it is viable and meets the ISO 14001:2004 standards, the highest level of measurement for environmental management systems.
Flatiron, with a construction volume of more than $1 billion in 2011, is one of the leading providers of transportation construction and civil engineering in North America. Flatiron develops innovative solutions to construct infrastructure, including roads, bridges, tunnels, and rail transit and water/wastewater treatment plants, for both public and private clients. Flatiron also operates as a contractor in design-build and public-private partnership projects. Founded in 1947, the firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world's leading international construction service providers. Further information is available at www.flatironcorp.com.
HOCHTIEF is one of the leading international providers of construction-related services. With more than 75,000 employees and a sales volume of EUR 23.28 billion in FY 2011, the company is represented in all the world‘s major markets. The Group‘s service offering in the fields of development, construction, services, concessions and operation covers the entire life cycle of infrastructure projects, real estate and facilities. In the USA, the biggest construction market in the world, HOCHTIEF is the No. 1 general builder via its subsidiary Turner and, with Group company Flatiron, ranks among the most important players in the field of transportation infrastructure construction. With its subsidiary Leighton (HOCHTIEF share around 54 percent), the Group is market leader in Australia. Because of its engagement for sustainability, HOCHTIEF has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2006. Further information is available at www.hochtief.com/press.