Status & Accreditations

Thomas Swan were one of the first chemical companies to be certified to ISO14001 and ISO9001 and as part of our policy of responsible care we strive to maintain the highest quality and environmental standards. We are a long standing signatory of the Chemical Industries Association’s Responsible Care programme and in 2000 we became the first company in the world to gain external verification of its Responsible Care management system.

For more information on our accreditations please click on the links below.

PAS 99

PAS99 is a "Publically Available Specification" published by the BSI entitled "Specification of common management system requirements as a framework for integration".

In order to further improve our already well established management systems, in January 2008, Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. achieved registration to PAS99. This considers how the elements of the quality, environmental and health and safety management systems interact and should result in a more focused business outlook for the company. It will also assist in reducing duplication and bureaucracy and enable more efficient and effective auditing.

OHSAS 18001

BS OHSAS 18001 is the British Standards Institute (BSI) specification for ‘Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems’.

Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. is committed to a strict health and safety policy throughout all of our operations. Registration to OHSAS 18001 ensures that we can establish an occupational health and safety management system to eliminate or minimise risk to our employees during the course of their normal duties. We achieved registration to OHSAS 18001 in 2000.

Top 20 Innovator

Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. has always sought to create wealth through innovation and has a history of working closely with a wide range of universities to transfer new and exciting technologies into the marketplace.

Recent examples include working with the University of Nottingham to develop the company’s supercritical capabilities and with the University of Cambridge to develop the UK’s first carbon nanotube manufacturing facility.

Our commitment to innovation ultimately led to a leading US trade magazine citing Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. as one of the world’s top twenty innovators in 2001.

We continue to devote considerable resources to the development of new processes and technologies and welcome the opportunity to discuss ideas or novel projects. For more information please contact us or fill out our enquiries form.

Responsible Care

As a company that is intimately involved in the handling, production, shipment and disposal of chemicals, we take considerable care to ensure that our activities are managed and monitored in a responsible way. Environmental responsibility has been a recurrent theme throughout our history – the business was founded in 1926 by recycling industrial waste (slag from the local steel industry).

More recently the core products from the 1970’s, such as CASAMID curing agents for coatings, used water-based technology to replace more polluting solvents. Our polyurethane materials are similar, some using water instead of solvents. Pepton, which is a key rubber additive manufactured at Consett, is a major energy saver for the rubber industry, allowing rubber to be processed much more efficiently.

We have established ourselves as UK leader in the application of environmental management systems and were one of the first recipients of the International Standards ISO 14001 award for environmental management.

Thomas Swan is also a long standing signatory of the Chemical Industries Association’s Responsible Care programme and was the first company in the world to gain external verification of its Responsible Care management system.

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ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for ‘Environmental Management System Requirements’.

As a chemical manufacturing company we are very aware of the need to manage and maintain our impact on the environment. Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. was one of the first chemical companies to achieve accreditation to ISO 14001 for its environmental standards. The company originally obtained registration to BS7750 in 1996.

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for ‘Quality Management System Requirements’.

Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. is committed to continuous quality improvement and first achieved registration to BS5750 (the forerunner of ISO 9001) in 1987. As such the quality system requirements under ISO 9001 are fully implemented and embedded in the culture of the company ensuring our products and services are delivered and carried out to the highest standards.