Environmental, safety and quality control matters are all linked directly or indirectly. Beluga’s environmental, safety and quality control standard is unique in that it takes all these factors into account in just one system. The format is simple, efficient and cost effective and should suit all branches of industry as well as institutions. It is assumed that companies that work to this formula have set themselves an environmental policy that fulfils Beluga’s demands. The process can be divided into one main section and three sub-sections, one for each sphere.
In the main section (section 1) there is a description of the construction of the system and how each stage should be approached. The basic thinking behind the system and linked areas is explained.
In the three following sub-sections, the main reasoning is elaborated for each area. The same working procedure is followed, whether this is environmental matters (section 2), safety matters (section 3) or quality matters (section 4). The work with each area and each stage can take varying amounts of time, depending on the nature and scope of companies and the importance of each area for the company’s operations.
The Quality manual
The endpoint in the set-up is to put together a quality manual for the company. The quality manual is a summary of all of the main points that concern environmental, safety and quality matters. The company’s policy should be in it, together with goals and other related factors. The manual should be in loose-leaf format so it is easy to take out old information and add new as needed. The quality manual shall be given to all company staff and emphasis laid on all new employees being given a copy immediately on starting work.
As a continuation, Beluga staff will do an appraisal of the company’s operations as well as the set-up and implementation of the management system. Points are awarded for each component that the company manages to fulfil. If the company achieves 90% or more of the possible score for each area, the company passes the appraisal and thereby gains the right to use the Beluga quality stamp.
In order for a company to gain continuing accreditation, it needs to achieve stage 6 (review) in each area and in addition have a recognized environmental policy, use green accounting, and hold regular staff training courses on topics that are the most important for the company and its staff.
In short: process of Beluga’s environmental management system
Section I - Management system – set-up and stage descriptions