ONTARIO, CANADA: Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world's largest solar companies, has passed the OHSAS 18001 international standards for occupational health and safety after auditing by TUV Rheinland.
OHSAS 18001 is a standard for Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series for health and safety management systems. It is intended to help organizations control occupational health and safety risks. It was developed in response to widespread demand for a recognized standard against which to be certified and assessed.
This standard was developed to integrate ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) with an organization's occupational health and safety management system. The compliance requirements for this standard have become important in markets around the world led by Europe in recent years.
Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, said, "We are delighted to achieve this latest certification, which demonstrates our commitment to the health and safety of our employees as well as to overall improvement of our quality management systems to support our industry leadership."
Canadian Solar also holds ISO 14001, REACH (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals) and QC080000 environmental management system certifications, with QC080000 serving as the international standard for the management of hazardous substances.