In May 2012, the company Emsland Frischgeflügel and Celler Land Frischgelügel passed the audit according to the internationally recognized environmental management system ISO 14001.
The succinct nature of the term “passed” hides much of the hard work which had to be done in advance. Management manual with its organisational manual, process descriptions, operating and working instructions and forms or various kinds are just the formal requirements for accreditation.
It is necessary to specify how documents are managed, who has what responsibilities and how authorised and competent persons are appointed.
At the first stage of the audit, much attention was given to legal compliance. The conditions of occupational health and safety law, employment and social security law, the Industrial Safety Ordinance, plant safety, pollution control, construction law, laws on chemicals and water, transportation law and animal welfare legislation, legislation on health and waste legislation were all put under the microscope and examined. Authorisation management, emergency management, resource management, facilities management and plant security, dealing with human resources, contractor management…. everything has to be arranged.
There was of course particular attention on environmental aspects: energy consumption, waste generation and water consumption. The main focus here was on indicators (input/output). Countless questions had to be answered: How do we analyse errors? Do we undertake regular inspections? Are there internal audits? Is there a procurement guideline regarding the environment and occupational health and safety? And how are preventive or corrective actions effected? This is to name but a few.
As a result, we have received new indicators for many procedural steps and processes in the company, and thus support in deciding on future developmental steps. A victory for the environment and for the company.
Our project managers are now preparing for the audit of other company sectors.
In 2015 and 2018 we passed the reaudit with success.