The success, which has come in the face of Covid 19 and tough lockdown restrictions, demonstrates the company’s commitment to developing effective controls and procedures for a safe working environment at its Gateshead engineering and R&D facilities.

ISO 45001, which replaces OHSAS 18001, is a global standard, covering occupational health and safety, providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better working conditions, focusing on a proactive approach to improving safety performance.

The news comes as Express Engineering has continued to maintain a resilient performance in the face of uncertainties caused by the pandemic. It currently employs more than 200 people across its operations and predicts revenues in excess of £35m for 2020.

Dave Fullen, facilities manager at Express Engineering, said certification is a huge endorsement of the company’s approach to not only ensuring the quality of its systems, but also providing one of the safest working environments.

He said: “We have been working towards achieving this standard for more than 18 months. It’s great news and this success reflects all the hard work, commitment and effort that’s been made to ensure we meet stringent international standards.”