by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines achieve OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Standard


Stuttgart/Brixworth, Germany/United Kingdom, Feb 15, 2011

Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines (M-B HPE) are pleased to announce they have successfully achieved the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety Standard.

The introduction of the safety management standard at the site in Brixworth, Northamptonshire shows the commitment within the Group to always strive to be the best & highlights the importance in which safety remains the top priority.

M-B HPE is currently one of the leading Formula 1 engine designers & manufacturers introducing innovative technology into its design, manufacturing & testing facilities. This includes leading the way in creating a positive safety culture which is fully supported by all staff. A recent staff survey at the company highlighted that employee’s feel they have a safe working environment & everyone within the company has a role to play in continuously improving working practises to achieve this. Creating a safe working environment is fully supported by the management team who constantly strive to develop its safety culture. Achieving the standard gives us the momentum to set specific targets for safety improvement, which is cascaded to every level of the business.

Managing Director, Thomas Fuhr said: “We are delighted to be the first team within Formula 1 to achieve the OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Standard. We are now working towards achieving the RoSPA Gold Award, which is the next step in demonstrating our commitment to providing a safe work place and remaining as a responsible employer. Achieving the standard does not mean we will be able to rest on our laurels now that we have achieved it, it has actually given us the tools & motivation to drive pro-active safety measures to the next level.”

Working in conjunction with external audit bodies, MB-HPE will continue to introduce relevant standards which fully support its commitment to Quality, Safety & Environmental requirements for the future.

Notes to Editors:

About Mercedes-Benz
HighPerformanceEngines Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines is a Daimler AG company whose principal activities are the design and manufacture of Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing engines and hybrid power systems for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team. We are also proud to supply power units to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Force India F1 teams.

About OHSAS 18001 Standard
OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognised Occupational Health & Safety Management System specification. It was created via a concerted effort from several of the world’s leading national standard bodies, certification bodies and specialist consultancies. There are numerous benefits to companies which hold the standard. These include: minimising risk to employees and visitors; improvements to existing Occupational Health & Safety management systems; demonstration of diligence and assurances.

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