Brenntag are committed to providing our partners assurance in the quality and safety of the products we store, distribute and manufacture.

We have always been very proactive in terms of formal validation of safety and quality principles. Internally we have developed a comprehensive Supplier Approval System (SAPRO) requiring mandatory certification, audit reports, production details and product testing for additives and ingredients supplied via the Brenntag network in Europe. In addition to such high level of internal scrutiny, we recognise the requirements and benefits of third-party verification relating to our infrastructure and services.

All of Brenntag UK & Ireland sites have been assessed for ESAD II, received FEMAS accreditation as well as a number of quality standards such as ISO and OHSAS, and have gained certification for British Retail Consortion (BRC), with the majority of sites already certified. Our accreditations give customers an even greater confidence in the quality processes we have in place, the training our teams receive, and the commitment to being the custodians of the safety for the ingredients supply chain we operate in.

Safety is the core principle at the absolute heart of Brenntag, in the UK & Ireland and globally

With tens of thousands of deliveries across the UK and Ireland every month it is impossible to underestimate the importance of safety in operations. "Safety First" is a key principle for Brenntag and a number 1 priority. We work closely with the regulators and welcome their input to ensure that all of our COMAH sites, including the upper-tier COMAH sites at Lutterworth, Manchester and Thetford, operate to the very highest environmental and safety standards.

BRC storage & distribution standard

This standard is validation of our best practices in the storage and distribution of products. It is the essential link between the manufacturer and the end-user providing our customers reassurance of product safety and quality throughout the supply chain

BRC Food Safety standard

This standard ensures our customers can have confidence in our food safety program and supply chain management. The BRC Food Safety Standard can be used by any food processing operation where open food is handled, processed and packed. For us in particular, this standard covers our two food blending and storage facilities at Belfast and Widnes. Find out more information about our blending solutions service .

The standard promotes continuous improvement in operating practice. It is our intention to have all Brenntag UK & Ireland distribution sites accredited to BRC by the end of 2016.

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BRC Case Study

ISO 9001:2008

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

Sites accredited: Belfast, Bradford, Brenntag Colours (Halifax), Brenntag Solvents (Daresbury, Irlam, Scunthorpe), Bristol, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Lutterworth, Manchester, Newcastle, Sandbach, Swansea, Thetford.

ISO 14001:2004

This standard maps out a framework that an organisation can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It provides assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

Sites accredited: Belfast, Brenntag Colours (Halifax), Swansea, Thetford

OHSAS 18001:2007

This standard helps organisations put in place the policies, procedures and controls needed to achieve the best possible working conditions, aligned to internationally recognised best practice.

Site accredited: Thetford

ESAD (the European Single Assessment Document) provides a voluntary assessment system to evaluate the quality, safety and security and environmental performance of chemical distributors.

A single assessment is carried out by independent auditors using a standard questionnaire. The single assessment avoids the need for distributors to undergo multiple assessment by chemical producers. The audit is also used by distributors to check their compliance to the eight guiding principles of Responsible Care.
ESAD is part of SQAS programme; objectivity, neutrality, transparency and free access to the system for the user of the chemical industry. The SQAS distributor / ESAD assessment questionnaire consists of four parts:

  • Distributor standard activities (Di)
  • Site assessment (S)
  • Chlorinated solvents (Cs)
  • Food, Cosmetics or/and Pharma (F)

Brenntag have had 13 sites in the UK and Ireland assessed for ESAD and a detailed list for what each site was assessed for can be found in the table below.

We have worked for a number of years to implement a programme of excellence for our feed safety procedure and are FEMAS accredited at 13 of our distribution sites across the UK and Ireland.

As part of this all products sold as "FEMAS certified" will be registered centrally at our head office in Leeds and will continue to be audited on an annual basis to ensure we adhere to these standards.

FEMAS covers all feed ingredients and additives intended for direct feeding to animals (not including pets) or for inclusion in compound feeds and blends, and helps provide assurance to customers that they are getting feeds and blends from audited, safe sources. The accreditation is based upon HACCP principles which Brenntag UK and Ireland have implemented and followed across our site network for a number of years.

As part of our FEMAS accreditation, Brenntag UK & Ireland will act as a 'gatekeeper' which allows us to source non-assured ingredients and take the relevant steps to ensure their safety before trading them on as assured. All products sourced this way will be individually submitted for approval to our auditors, KIWA (Product Authentication Inspectorate). KIWA PAI is a UKAS-accredited product conformity certification body and specialises in agricultural supples, food and farm certification.

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