AENOR certifies the environmental and quality management systems of OHL’s hospitals
July 18, 2012
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OHL obtains another achievement as regards certification in its environmental and quality management. The Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification (AENOR) has confirmed that OHL hospitals conform to UNE-EN ISO 9001, as regards their Quality Management System, and to UNE-EN ISO 14001, with respect to their Environmental Management System. Both certifications have been granted for supply and installation activities prior to the start-up of medical hospital equipment (basic furnishings for premises and offices, clinical furnishings, high-technology medical equipment, electromedical equipment and surgical medical instruments, both rigid and flexible).
With these acknowledgements, OHL has become a reference in the hospital sector, both in Spain and abroad, as both ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 have an international scope; furthermore, as AENOR is a member of the International Certification Network (IQNET), IQNET certificates are obtained for our Quality and Environmental Management Systems, recognized by leading certification entities.
The implementation of an Environmental Management System in accordance with ISO 14001 represents a significant step forward with its simple systematization of environmental issues generated in each of the company’s activities; it also encourages environmental protection and pollution prevention based on a balance with social-economic factors. In turn, the ISO 9001 international standard promotes a process-based approach whilst implementing and improving effectiveness in a quality management system, based on a PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) continuous improvement cycle.
A reference in hospital construction
Procurement of these certifications represents a significant milestone for OHL. The Group has constructed more than 150 new hospitals, covering a total constructed surface area of more than seven million square meters, with approximately 60,000 beds.
In Spain, of interest are the works executed for the new Hospital Universitario Rey Juan Carlos de Móstoles, recently inaugurated by Their Majesties the King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía; the construction and exploitation of a new hospital in Burgos, with a constructed surface area of 236,000 m2; and a biomedical research center at Navarra’s hospital complex.
Moreover, in international terms, the Group is leading construction works in Doha (Qatar) for the Sidra Medical Research Center, and also participates in a concession contract to design, construct, finance and operate the new Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), in the province of Quebec, Canada.