Singapore: REC awarded OHSAS 18001 certification for Singapore solar plant

REC has announced it has obtained OHSAS 18001 certification for its integrated wafer, cell and module production facility in Singapore.

OHSAS 18001 relates to the identification and control and health and safety risks, reduction of potential for accidents, aiding of legislative compliance and improving overall performance.

In addition to the recognition of promoting a safe and healthy environment at the plant where 1,500 employees are active, REC was previously awarded the ISO 9001 certification in 2010 and ISO 14001 certification in 2011.

ISO 9001 certification relates to procedures for quality assurance, production, maintenance, human resource management, supply chain, as well as other processes pertaining to customer expectation and satisfaction. ISO 14001 relates to commitment to continuous improvement and efforts to minimise environmental pollution and carbon footprint.

The company says the three certifications demonstrate REC’s commitment to quality operations, products and sustainability.

The Singapore solar production facility has also been awarded the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark, indicating the building meets strict criteria for energy efficiency, water efficiency, project development and management, good indoor environmental quality and environmental protection and innovation.

“As one of the leaders in providing solar energy solutions, we strongly believe in a safe and healthy workplace for our staff while ensuring that we minimize the carbon footprint from our business and solutions,” said Mr Luc Grar√©, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Cells & Modules, REC ASA.

“The safe and environmentally friendly plant gives us the ability to continue to provide customers in the fast growing Asia Pacific region with the solutions they need.”

REC solar panels also feature an energy payback time of approximately 12 months due to innovative production processes that use 80 to 90 percent less energy than traditional methods. Energy payback refers to the time span to recoup the energy that went into production of a solar panel through its own electricity production..

REC’s modules have become increasingly popular in Australia since local company Energy Matters introduced the REC Peak Energy series to the Australian home solar power market in 2010.

Winner of multiple industry awards, REC Peak Energy modules were recently found to be the best performing module of 2011 during ongoing field testing of 45 solar module brands by Photon Laboratory during all seasons and light conditions.

Source : Energy Matters

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