Nowadays, environmental protection has become part of our private and business activity and self-perception. Waste separation, recycling of valuable substances or the avoidance of wastes have been implemented for decades.
Environmental protection, however, is far more than the analysis of material flows, no matter whether they are viewed as emissions, waste, waste water or in the form of chemicals. The requirements from legal sources, customers, authorities and neighbourhood are extensive and require corresponding analysis to avoid liability risks.
The EMAS system or the international standard ISO 14001 "Environmental Management Systems" was devised many years ago from the intersection between ecology and economy. This has currently been brought into line with expectations through the amendment and converted, in this context, to the high-level structure. This enabled further steps to be undertaken towards integration of the individual management systems such as quality, environmental protection, occupational safety and health protection, as well as energy.
The analysis of the effects of the respective operating activities on the environment was extended to include, in the ideal scenario, an analysis of the entire product life cycle, but at least upstream and downstream processing and outsourced activities.
The element for identifying/assessing and implementing legal and other binding obligations, e.g. customer requirements to which the organisation is committed, has also been strengthened. These are subsumed under the concept of stakeholder management.
The implementation of an environmental management system results in the systematic, traceable evaluation of entrepreneurial activities and, with documented procedures and information, lays the foundation for continuous improvement. This enables risks and opportunities to be identified and company success to be ensured in the long term.
With our team of advisers and with many years' experience in different industries, we will be pleased to assist you in implementing DIN EN ISO 14001, conducting internal audits or carrying out a process-based revision of individual standard requirements.
There can be manifold reasons for deciding on an occupational safety management system. Chief amongst these are a reduction in the number of accidents and working days lost, but also, increasingly, customer requirements. In our experience, there is a particular demand for occupational safety management systems for contractors, in the chemicals industry, but even in machine engineering (e.g. in connection with CE management).
Occupational safety management systems can be based on various standards:
Occupational safety management systems assist the entrepreneur in implementing the requirements in terms of occupational health and safety legislation which are becoming more and more complex. The focus of management systems for us is the concept of legal certainty for the enterprise.
For a number of years now, BfU has been providing companies with safety engineers and specialists for occupational safety with management experience to support them in introducing and maintaining occupational safety management systems.
The introduction of an occupational safety management system can also be attractive from a financial point of view. The reorganization of the contribution systems means, for example, that employers' liability insurance associations will, in future, favour companies with low accident figures to a greater extent. On the other hand, financial support is often available for introducing management systems (e.g. introduction bonuses from employers' liability insurance associations and government funding programmes).
Standardised international energy management systems such as those to DIN EN ISO 50001 support companies in continually reducing their energy consumption and create the prerequisite for reducing tax charges. This affects energy-intensive companies, in particular, as the energy savings potential is greatest here and the reduction of the tax burden shows great effects.
The Renewable Energies Act (EEG) stipulates that exemptions from the EEG apportionment scheme can be claimed only by companies that can produce energy-related certification. A certified energy management system to ISO 50001 or EMAS validation is likewise required to claim the so-called "tax capping" (EnergieStG and StromStG). Further relief and requirements can be expected to be linked, in future, to the obligation to implement an in-house energy management system in companies.
Introducing and maintaining these management systems requires not only financial and personnel resources, but also many years' experience. Our experienced and trained employees enable companies to protect their own resources, while affording them another perspective and new ideas through external consultancy.
Quality management aims to continually improve a company's internal processes as well as the processes for customers and suppliers, thereby increasing competitiveness and cost-effectiveness.
To enable companies to achieve these aims, we assist them in introducing new certified quality management systems and improving existing ones, especially in the automotive industry.
Using proven tools, we quickly and reliably introduce the principles required by the standards. This enables our customers to achieve a high organizational standard in their companies and to provide both internal and external transparency.
Minimization of liability risks
Particularly in the automotive industry, entrepreneurs face high liability risks. Apart from having a transparent, traceable and "court-proof" organization, it is therefore essential to be in control of the processes, particularly in production.
Apart from providing the possibility of improving the organization and processes or the product and services through continual optimization, one of the main tasks of quality management is to minimize these liability risks.
Introduction or refinement of the management system
We will assist you in introducing, maintaining and refining the quality management system to DIN EN ISO 9001 or ISO/TS 16949. In view of the amendment to standard ISO 9001:2015, it is advisable for users to familiarize themselves with the changes at an early stage and to carry out an upgrade to the new standard. We will be pleased to assist you in transitioning from ISO 9001:2008 to the new version, ISO 9001:2015, and to analyze, in the context of a DELTΔ audit, the differences and weak points of your existing quality management system in relation to the new requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
Companies are placing a higher and higher value on integrated management systems. Small and medium-sized enterprises appreciate these sustainably effective systems, which use synergies to a high degree, and also implement integrated management systems in most cases with a view to certification.
In the context of implementation, we initially examine the documentation and records of the existing management systems in order then to identify supplementary steps as part of an extensive synopsis.
During implementation, the client company's employees who are experienced in the existing systems are integrated as extensively as possible.