Cobham Antenna Systems, a subsidiary of Cobham Plc, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of sophisticated communication systems and navigation equipment for use on land, at sea and in the air. The Marlow-based company, which employs around 300 people, has long held certification to AS9100, the aerospace sector enhancement of the quality management system standard ISO 9001. More recently, it has focused on creating a culture of workplace safety, occupational health and environmental awareness, achieving certification to two further standards in 2012: BS OHSAS 18001 in Occupational Health & Safety, and ISO 14001 in Environmental Management.
Mick Cooper, Safety, Health and Environment (S|H|E) Manager, explains that Cobham benchmarks S|H|E achievement against the group’s own management standards, “but the new certifications add external verification to our Level 3 ‘world class’ status within Cobham’s S|H|E management standards.” Cooper continues, “The task was daunting at the outset, knowing we were at Level 1 and a long way from certification, but the entire team was determined to demonstrate that we really did believe in our positive S|H|E culture. Entropy created the platform we needed.”
Cooper describes Cobham’s acquisition of Entropy as “a battle-winning investment”, enabling the creation of a fully integrated management system for all of its standards. “Entropy is the ideal tool for the job,” he says. “Without it, our management systems would be fragmented and lack a consistent backbone.” He values the “great range of tools” that Entropy makes available, reeling off “audit, inventory, documentation, reporting, tracking, analysis, archiving, security – it’s all there. It matches every requirement in every detail. It’s saving us a lot of time, which in turn makes us more effective too.”