Solidifying their commitment to employee health and safety, the integrated facilities management company engaged with BSI for the certification process
TORONTO, Ontario – BSI, the global standards company, is proud to announce that BGIS, a global integrated facilities management company based in Markham, Ontario, is the first organization in Canada to have achieved BSI certification to ISO 45001, the global occupational health and safety management systems standard.
L-R: Pierre Dovala, Marc Rougeot, Melanie Philip (BGIS), Howard Kerr, Mary Lou Sinclair (BGIS), Carlos Pitanga, Tim Wren, Wendyline Beaudoin (BGIS)
The International Labour Organization, the United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social justice and promote decent work by setting international labour standards, estimates there are over 2.3 million work-related fatalities per year and over 340 million on the job injuries around the world. The ISO 45001 standard is designed to prevent work-related injury and ill-health by providing companies with guidance and a road-map for safe and healthy workplaces. As an international standard it crosses geographic, political, economic, commercial, and social boundaries; perfect for companies like BGIS with facilities in multiple countries.
“We’re proud to present BGIS with their certification to ISO 45001,” stated Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI. “Companies must protect their most valuable resource, their people, and there is no stronger way to affirm that commitment than to certify to this international standard.”
“BGIS is proud to be one of the first global companies to achieve this important occupational health and safety certification for Canada, United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The discipline and rigour of the ISO approach helps our business to deliver improved systems and processes on a consistent basis to benefit our team members, our clients and in reducing our impact on the environment,” says Pete Papagiannis, Global Chief Operating Officer for BGIS. “
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BGIS is a global leader in the provision of facility management, project delivery, energy & sustainability, asset management, workplace advisory, and real estate services. With a combined team of over 7,000 globally, BGIS relentlessly focuses on delivering innovative service solutions that create value for its clients. Globally, BGIS manages over 30,000 facilities totaling more than 340 million square feet across several markets including Government, Higher Education, Utilities, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Healthcare and Cloud Enterprise. In addition to managing a diverse portfolio of corporate offices, retail, colleges, hospitals and industrial assets, BGIS is a world leader in the management of data centers and other critical environments.