Integrated HSEQ Management System and System of Major Accident Prevention at MND Gas Storage a.s.:
In addition to environmental protection, MND Gas Storage a.s. places a high priority on occupational health & safety as well as on the prevention of major accidents.
Company management has therefore decided to implement management tools that promote this company policy. The company has adopted a certified integrated system of HSEQ management.
The integrated management system implemented at MND Gas Storage a.s. consists of three management subsystems; namely, Occupational Health and Safety Management System in accordance with OHSAH 18001 (HS), Environmental Management System in accordance with ISO 14001 (E) and Quality Management System in accordance with ISO 9001 (Q). The subsystems together comprise an integrated system known as HSEQ.
The integrated system of management upholds the principles of prevention and continual improvement. In this way, it also helps promote the principles of collective responsibility.
A modern approach to company management is based on clearly established processes, specifically defined responsibilities and authority and on standardized work procedures.
An integrated HSEQ management system constitutes the ideal tool to manage, monitor and assess these processes and, if required, to adopt appropriate preventive and remedial measures.
The integrated system was certified by TÜV SÜD Czech s.r.o., a reputable certification body. The successful certification of the integrated management system demonstrated compliance of the implemented management system with the requirements of relevant international standards applicable to the field of “Development and Operation of Underground Gas Storage Facilities.”
As part of its business strategy, MND a.s. endeavors to meet the requirements of its clients and to comply with all safety, health and environmental protection regulations while actively seeking to promote conditions that will lead to continuous development of the company.
In trying to achieve these goals, the company is committed to:
- conducting all activities in compliance with applicable legislation and other relevant standards and regulations;
- employing and giving precedence to work procedures that facilitate occupational health and safety and environmental protection; continuously preventing injuries, health and safety hazards, property damage and any forms of environmental degradation;
- mitigating potentially adverse impacts on human health and the environment that may result from company operations by setting and meeting measurable targets, by monitoring the company management system and by assiduously implementing effective preventive and corrective measures.
These commitments are periodically reviewed and assessed as part of supervisory and recertification audits.
Acquisition of the certificate further commits the company to maintaining the implemented HSEQ system and to its continual improvement, of which all company employees are fully aware since the entire system is based in particular on the responsibility of individual workers and their compliance with the established rules and regulations.
The integrated HSEQ system is maintained and further developed with a view to enhancing the effectiveness and performance of individual processes so as to meet the requirements of international standards and the Act on Prevention of Major Accidents.
Pursuant to said Act, the company has also introduced a system of major accident prevention. The system identifies principal risk areas to determine and adopt appropriate preventive measures, including measures designed to alleviate the impact of potential accidents.
MND Gas Storage is prepared to continue to provide its services in a manner that facilitates full compliance with customer requirements and set deadlines while ensuring optimum utilization of available resources, maximum health and safety protection for employees and stakeholders and reduction of adverse environmental impacts.
Certificate of Exceptionality
On November 14, 2014, TÜV SÜD Czech, the leader in inspection, certification, testing and education in the Czech Republic, awarded MND Gas Storage a.s. its Certificate of Exceptionality.
Our company has received this prestigious award for continual improvement of its processes and services as part of the “November – Quality Months in the Czech Republic” campaign, conducted under the European Quality Week initiative.
TÜV SÜD Czech awards Certificates of Exceptionality to businesses across all industries for their endeavor in improving their services, processes and/or products. Companies that wish to qualify are required to undergo multiple verification of their services, processes and products.
HSEQ Supervisory Audit at MND Gas Storage a.s.
On May 6, 2019, MND Gas Storage had its environmental management system and occupational safety management system audited in accordance with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 international standards once again to demonstrate compliance of the implemented management system with the requirements of these standards.
One again, the HSEQ audit was conducted by TÜV SÜD Czech s.r.o., a reputable certification body.
The supervisory audit has confirmed the efficient management of the processes reviewed as well as the effectiveness of the HSEQ system and its continual improvement.
Ing. Lenka Straňánková, DiS.
Source: TÜV SÜD Czech