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Integrated Management Systems

Grupa Azoty S.A. carries out a Management Policy which guarantees, that Company strategic aims are achieved based on an integrate management system in compliance with international standards.
Operational priorities: high quality, care for technical safety and the environment are effectively monitored and ensure effective Company management. The Integrated Management System is built based on the principles of prioritized customer service, minimalizing environmental damage and the risk of threats, as well as continuous improvement.
Management systems are based on the concept of continuous improvement through:

  • defining policy,
  • planning activities to carry out policy,
  • creating conditions for performing planned activities,
  • monitoring the effects of activities,
  • follow-up improvement based on results of regular evaluation.

The Management Policy adopted in the Company defines objectives and principles relevant to all activities, forming a framework for setting and reviewing particular strategic aims relating to quality, the environment, occupational health and safety as well as food safety.
The following are in force at Grupa Azoty S.A.:

  • Quality Management System in compliance with ISO 9001:2015 standards,
  • Environmental Management System in compliance with ISO 14001:2015 standards,
  • Energy Management System in compliance with ISO 50001:2018,
  • Food Safety Management System in compliance with ISO 22000:2005 standards,
  • Occupational Health and Safety System in compliance with ISO 45001:2018 standard,
  • Quality Management System for the automotive industry being implemented according to the requirements of IATF 16949 ,
  • PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 Management System (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories),
  • Product Stewardship Management Standard,
  • Information Security Management System in compliance with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard.
Quality Management SystemSee more

The Quality Management System in compliance with ISO 9001:2015  standards was implemented to increase customer satisfaction through fulfilling their needs and expectations.
 
Various processes relevant to the Quality Management System were identified in order to take effective action. This is because a process approach ensures ongoing monitoring of links between particular processes in the system, as well as their combinations and mutual interactions. The processes identified are managed by their owners and monitored for effectiveness.

Making products of the quality which meets the growing demands of our clients, as well as facing the challenges of market competition, have been priorities for Grupa Azoty S.A. for many years. A methodical approach to achieving these aims commenced in 1993, with the decision to implement ISO 9000 series standards. This resulted in the granting of ISO 9002:1994 Quality Assurance Certificates by two independent certification bodies, namely: Certificate no. 106 by the Polish Centre for Research and Certification (Polskie Centrum Badań i Certyfikacji) and no. 71766 by Bureau Veritas Quality International in 1997. In the following years, the system was extended to include design services, resulting in compliance with ISO 9001:1994 standards. This was formally confirmed by the same certification bodies in the process of re-certification in 2000. At the same time, work commenced on adapting the existing systems to meet new demands set down by ISO 9001:2000. 

Work on the modification of the quality management system was carried out concurrently with the implementation of  the Environmental Management System, which was validated by an ISO 14001 certificate issued by Det Norske Veritas in 2002. This occasion served as an opportunity for the integration of both systems. In January 2003, the Company’s Managing Board instituted the  Management Policy – a declaration regarding the intentions and principles relating to quality, the overall impact on the environment as well as health and safety at work within the Company. Subsequent certification confirming the compliance of the Company’s activities in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 standard was also carried out by Det Norske Veritas. In 2004 this allowed for the introduction of joint supervisory audits. In September 2018 the company's Management Policy was reviewed and amended.

Continual development and improvement of the systems is positively evaluated by external auditors. This is an important aspect of the credibility of Grupa Azoty S.A. in the difficult chemical production market. In April 2017 the certification body DNV GL Business Assurance Poland Sp. z o.o. carried out the recertification audit in the scope of Quality Management System. During the process transfer audit for ISO 9001:2015 took place. As a result it was confirmed that Grupa Azoty S.A. meets the requirements of the above mentioned standard. Further improvements in management systems are implemented with the use of the result of self-assesment conducted according to ISO 9004 standard.

Environmental Management SystemSee more

The Environmental Management System in compliance with ISO 14001:2015  supports activities related to environmental protection and preventing pollution in a manner which is balanced with socioeconomic needs.

The system places emphasis on commitment to evaluate compliance with relevant legislation and to continuous improvement in the Company's operations with reference to the environment.

Environmental aspects which appear in areas included in the Environmental Management System are identified within all possible elements of the natural environment, such as:

  • atmospheric emissions,
  • water emissions,
  • waste disposal,
  • soil pollution,
  • effects on society,
  • exploitation natural resources and raw materials,
  • other local environmental issues.

Those aspects with significant impact on the environment are listed among those identified. As a chemical industry company, Azoty Tarnów cares for the environment and limit the amount of pollutants emitted – this is a key priority for the Company.

The Company’s participation in the "Responsible Care" programme in 1994 began the introduction of the Environmental Management System at Azoty Tarnów. In the scope of these activities, the Company instituted an environmental policy, in which it committed itself to the prevention of pollution, continual improvement and compliance with legal and other requirements placed on the Company. All formal and legal issues pertaining to all environmental matters were settled. During the implementation of the programme a series of pro-ecological investments was carried out. Subsequently, a system in line with ISO 14001 standards was adopted. 

In October 2002, Det Norske Veritas, after carrying out an audit of the environmental management system, awarded the Company a certificate confirming the compliance of the system with the demands of this international standard.  The presentation of this certificate is the result of the consistent implementation of the environmental policy, progressively updated and ultimately transformed into the Management Policy in January 2003 which was updated in September 2018.

The environmental management certificate also serves as confirmation for all clients and partners that the Company meets legal requirements in the area of pollution prevention and also ensures continual organizational improvements. In 2008 the Environmental Management System was re-certified for compliance with ISO 14001: 2004. 

In April 2017 the certification body DNV GL Business Assurance Poland Sp. z o.o. carried out the recertification audit in the scope of Environmental Management System. During the process transfer audit for ISO 14001:2015 took place. As a result it was confirmed that Grupa Azoty S.A. meets the requirements of the above mentioned standard.

Energy Management SystemSee more

The Energy Management System in compliance with ISO 50001 supports activities for energy management and improving energy efficiency.

In 2021 the company successfully passed a transfer audit regarding the adaptation of the organization to the requirements of the new ISO 50001: 2018 standard.

 

Food Safety Management SystemSee more

The Food Safety Management System the ISO 22000 was instituted to improve customer satisfaction with products for the food industry through greater fulfillment of their needs and expectations.

While following the guidelines pertaining to the food chain, Azoty Tarnów contributes to the end-consumer's increased health assurance. The Food Safety Policy was adopted in departments manufacturing products used in the food chain.
 
In 2019, the scope of the certificate has been extended and includes: Intake, treatment and distribution of potable water intended for consumers of water supply system of Grupa Azoty S.A. in Tarnow. Category H. Manufacture and sales of polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 casing for foodpackaging. Category I.

Occupational Health and Safety Management SystemSee more

The Occupational Health and Safety Management System compliant with BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standard is a result of cooperation between all employees and their engagement. 

Implementing the system will ensure more effective management, ongoing compliance with legal regulations and monitoring occupational health and safety. These activities have a direct effect on measurably limiting losses in this area.
 
In order to ensure ongoing improvement in occupational health and safety, the Company conducts ongoing monitoring of its state and actions taken, as well as the results of relevant activities. These actions allow the effectiveness level of organizational solutions in identifying threats, as well as preventing and limiting occupational hazards to be determined.
 
The planning process includes results of actions taken and documented as evidence of system requirements fulfillment to improve working conditions and occupational safety, as planned by particular organizational units.
 
Monitoring and measuring occupational health and safety guarantees that working conditions, employee behaviors and results of activities taken to improve occupational health and safety are all observed. Particularly, it allows the Company to identify threats, evaluate occupational hazards as well as analyze causes of workplace accidents, occupational diseases and potential accidents.
 
Occupational Health and Safety Management certificate is valid until January 31, 2023.

Quality management system for the automotive industrySee more

Grupa Azoty S.A. is implementing a modern Quality Management System for automotive industry products.

The system is being implemented according to technical specification requirements set out in ISO/TS 16949:2009 "Quality management systems – Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations".
 
Introducing the system will enable Azoty Tarnów to compete for the supply market of the world's largest automotive industry producers and also bring significant internal synergies, ie. improved production management processes.

Enterprise Risk Management systemSee more

Being exposed to a variety of risks, Grupa Azoty S.A. systematically identifies threats associated with different aspects of its business.

It maintains a list of key risks involved in its operations which must be closely monitored. 
 
Grupa Azoty operates a customised, comprehensive and structured enterprise risk management system to assess and manage all uncertainties and risks arising in the course of its operations in the context of the Company's strategy and business processes. 
 
The enterprise risk management process is based on the implementation of such measures as risk identification and assessment, risk level monitoring, and risk reporting.

PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 Management System (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories)See more

Grupy Azoty S.A.'s Specialised Analysis Laboratory meets the requirements of the PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard, and has been accredited by the Polish Accreditation Centre (accreditation No. AB 790) for analyses of trace metals in water, wastewater, foods, plastics and plastic products.

The Laboratory is a member of the POLLAB Polish Testing Laboratories Club, which is an active participant of several international organisations, including EUROLAB, EURACHEM, IECEE-CB, ILAC, EA, and IAF.

Product Stewardship Management StandardSee more

Grupa Azoty S.A. has implemented a management system compliant with the Fertilizers Europe Product Stewardship Standard, undertaking to manage its fertilizer products carefully at each stage of the manufacturing process. 

In addition to covering various safety, health and environmental aspects, the Product Stewardship Programme's policy entails responsibility for each product throughout its entire life cycle and represents a commitment on the part of the Company to fulfil applicable legal requirements and observe other regulations concerning fertilizer products.

Information Security Management SystemSee more

Grupa Azoty S.A. implemented an information security management system according to the ISO 27001 standard. The implementation of the system allows to manage the information assets held, the infrastructure intended for their processing and the risk related to information security, as well as to prepare the company for related incidents. The scope of the system covers part of the organization and includes Departament Korporacyjny Bezpieczeństwa ICT.

The certificate is valid until July 8, 2023.

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