VAHLE receives ISO certificate for internal occupational health and safety 03.12.2020
"As a company, we are responsible for our employees and place the highest value on their safety in the workplace," explains Achim Dries, Managing Director of Paul Vahle GmbH & Co. KG. The Kamen-based family business was recently certified for its newly designed occupational safety management system. "The new action plan now includes processes such as risk assessment, emergency management, and workforce consultation and participation," says Dries, adding, "Other areas will follow."
These extensions had become necessary when the previously applicable Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series was replaced two years ago by DIN standard 45001:2018. Marc Rubeau, occupational safety specialist at VAHLE, reports: "The standard is much more process-oriented. We used a checklist to develop the new requirements and distributed tasks to the individual departments." Implementation worked smoothly, he says, because the entire team pulled together.
"The top priority is that all employees come to work healthy in the morning and go home just as healthy at the end of the day," says Rubeau. The optimized occupational health and safety management system also provides the Kamen-based system provider with greater transparency for the outside world: "With the certificate, we prove to the authorities as well as to our partners and customers that we work in compliance with the law. This secures us supply contracts and thus jobs in the long term," says Rubeau.