De certificaten ISO 9001, ISO 45001 en ISO 14001 zijn toegekend voor alle activiteiten van Sweco Belgium, inclusief shared services. Voor VCA geldt dit enkel voor de divisie Industry.
The ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 certifications have been issued for all Sweco Belgium’s activities, including its shared services. VCA only applies to the Industry division. ISO 50001 applies to energy consultancy in projects and the energy management of our offices.
Sustainability starts with yourself; Sweco sets a good example by limiting the environmental and energy impact in its own offices. Strict waste separation, limiting the use of paper, decent follow-up, a reduction of CO2 emission, etc. These are all minor contributions that make a difference.
However, Sweco makes the biggest difference in its projects. These projects contain our knowledge, passion and primary contribution in the sustainable future we want to achieve. The projects are an integrated part of the environmental and energy management system. Our ambition in our projects is to surpass the competition in terms of the environment and energy. Identifying and complying with all regulations is the basic principle followed by a critical evaluation of the environmental and energy impact for which any available alternatives will be presented and discussed with our clients. Thus, together with our clients, we want to make constant improvements to our sustainable designs and recommendations.
Sweco wants to remain the frontrunner in terms of knowledge and application of innovative concepts and new developments resulting in superior projects. That is why we are investing a lot of time and resources in the education of and exchange of knowledge for our employees; after all, joining forces yields the most sustainable result.
In order to expand the current ISO structures with environment and energy, an intense cooperation between project leaders, experts from the environment and energy department and facility services (among other things, quality, safety, facility, communication and HR) was set up. As a result, Sweco achieved optimum integration of the various management systems. This ensures we have a unified approach for overlapping elements, such as document management, while at the same time creating room for our experts to create maximum added value.
What do these certifications mean?
ISO 9001 is an international standard that records the general principles and requirements of a quality control system. An organisation can acquire an ISO 9001-certificate if an external and authorised organisation conducts an audit and, on the basis of this audit, determines that the standard’s requirements are met.
ISO 14001 is a standard in the field of environment management. By means of an environment management system according to ISO 14001, the environmental risks of operational management can be controlled and reduced, if possible.
ISO 50001 is the international standard for energy management systems. The standard focuses specifically on reducing an organisation’s energy consumption on the basis of a detailed insight into the energy consumption and the manner in which it is used.
OHSAS stands for ‘Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series’ and is the first safety management standard that is accepted globally and is supported by the major certification organisations. OHSAS 18001 provides the requirements for a sound safety (welfare) management system in which it is assumed that such a system aims to effectively control the labour risks and, as such, aims to improve the organisation’s performance.
VCA stands for ‘Veiligheids Checklist Aannemers’ (Safety Checklist for Contractors). VCA is a certified safety management system with which a company shows that it wishes and can work safely and that this company pays structural care to safety during work. In order to make this clear to the public and clients, the company has an external certification authority assess this system by means of a so-called VCA audit, which will lead to a VCA certification after a successful assessment.