A Workington engineering firm is the first in the world to be awarded a new safety standard.

TSP Engineering, based on Derwent Howe, had to undergo an intensive audit for the ISO standard, which focuses on improving safety in the nuclear sector and its supply chain.

John Coughlan, chief executive of TSP Engineering, said: “The nuclear industry is an important and growing market for us, and this will allow us to show once again our ability to produce high quality products and services for our customers.

“Within our industry I believe that is a very important standard to be certified to, and I am incredibly proud to say that in a competitive market in a world full of high-profile competitive businesses, TSP Engineering managed to be the first team and company globally to achieve the certification.

“This shows the company’s dedication and commitment to be the market leader in manufacturing within the nuclear industry.”

The successful certification to ISO 19443 was a significant step for TSP Engineering, the company said.

It added: “Taking the steps to increase the quality of the products and services provided will help contribute to the shared goal of improving safety within the nuclear industry.

“The passion and drive of the team were fundamental in TSP Engineering being successfully

awarded the certification.

“Being the first company in the world to achieve this certification demonstrates the level of understanding which TSP Engineering have when it comes to prioritising safety.

“In 2016, TSP Engineering became a standalone independent business and developed a collaborative culture with other local, national and international businesses.”

TSP Engineering is a wholly-owned subsidiary of British Steel, which was placed into liquidation last month.

Efforts are being made by the official receiver to find a buyer.

The company cannot comment on the liquidation, but earlier this month, Rob Johnston, chairman of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said its order book was full and he believed TSP Engineering had a bright future as a going concern.