"During the past few years, not only our own demands in the fields of sustainability and health of our employees have grown, but also the demands of our customers. Therefore we wanted to give evidence that our company is able to fulfil the requirements. For this reason we decided in 2013 to have the EEW Group certified according to the standards OHSAS 18001 (safety at work and health protection), ISO 14001 (protection of the environment), and ISO 50001 (energy management) and to submit all plants to a unified system: the integrated management system", Christoph Schorge explained his motives for such a certification.
During the three years after the initial certification, it was necessary to continuously improve the established standards. In the field of energy management, for example, success could be achieved by cost savings thanks to the implementation of an illumination concept. In the area of waste management, for example, revenues can now be generated by the implemented waste concept. In addition, there is a growing awareness of work safety, which has been promoted and continued through a variety of measures, such as the introduction of special meetings in production. As a result, more and more employees are reporting with hints and suggestions for improvement in order to eliminate hazards in the company.
In the autumn of 2016, the recertification took place according to the standards after three years of basic certification. In this connection, Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) verified all EEW plants in Germany. EEW's HSE teams and employees of the respective plant locations joined their forces, and they succeeded in giving evidence of the required standards and improvements so that the certificates could be extended by another three years.
"We are happy to have mastered the recertification thanks to an extraordinary teamwork. This does not only prove our competence in these areas, but this is also a very important factor of competitiveness nowadays. It is a precondition for us to participate at projects on the international markets", Christoph Schorge mentions and puts a high emphasis on the significance of HSE and energy management issues in the steel pipe industry.
"The initial certification is quite a challenge, but at least as challenging as the initial process it is to keep the standards on that level and to improve them permanently. Keeping this in mind, the recertification for sure was a hard piece of work. I want to express my thankfulness to all colleagues who contributed to the successful settlement of the certification", says Heino Taube, HSE manager in EEW's Erndtebrück plant.