Muscat: Al Hassan Engineering Co. Abu Dhabi LLC (AHEC-AUH), subsidiary of Oman based Al Hassan Engineering Co. SAOG (AHEC), a leading EPC contractor has been awarded certification to ISO 14001: 2004 -Environment Management System Standard and OHSAS 18001: 2007 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard. In April 2010, AHEC-AUH was certified to ISO 9001:2008-certified Quality Management System (QMS). AHEC-AUH is now one of the few contractors in the Gulf region to hold these three certifications, a real testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to global standards and continuous improvement. AHEC-AUH initiated the ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 registration process in mid-2010. The company demonstrated to Vincotte International, an enterprise-wide understanding of both the standards and sound, documented Health, Safety and environmental policies and management processes. Vincotte conducted certification audits in June 2011, yielding the certifications recognition.
“AHEC takes a very serious approach towards the impact of our activities on the environment,” said Peter Hall, AHEC’s Chief Executive Officer. “As concerns about global climate change grow, an increasing number of our customers are demanding that our processes and systems are demonstrably respectful of the environment. The OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications are evidence of our commitment to continually improving our HSE performance and surpassing our customers’ expectations.” Combining this with our ISO 9001:2008 certification shows our commitment to pursuing world-class processes in meeting and exceeding our customer’s needs.
He added : Whilst there are numerous benefits for the company in attaining the accreditation such as the demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance and overall cost savings in terms of consumption, waste and recycling, there are also significant benefits to our customers. Customers now have formally documented assurance that AHEC-AUH have solid systems in place and operate to recognized industry standards. This gives us a strong foundation for the future as I firmly believe that the focus on HSE issues will only increase in the coming years.
The scope of both certificates apply to a wide range of AHEC-AUH operations and particular areas include Project Management, EPC Contracts, Civil / Mechanical / Electrical / Instrumentation Construction and Maintenance Services for Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Power, Fertilizer, Cement, Water and Infrastructure Projects across all the UAE.
AHEC’s commitment to implement the requirements of achieving these two international standards will curtail the risks of health and safety to employees and customers, besides helping achieve better management of the environmental risks at project sites, at the present time or future, and boosting the morale of employees.
AHEC-AUH will implement the Health, Safety and Environment Management System (HSEMS) as part of their risk management strategy to address changing legislation and protect their workforce. The implementation of HSEMS promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows AHEC-AUH to consistently identify and control its HSE risks, reduce the potential for incidents, aid legislative compliance and improve the overall performance.