The Gibraltar repair yard has completed both transitions well in advance of the mandatory date of September 2018 set by ISO.
A Lloyds Register (LR) assessment team visited Gibdock in early April to carry out the external audit and verify compliance, shortly after receiving confirmation that the yard had achieved both the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards and that its internal processes are fully integrated with the new guidelines.
The new standards bring significant changes, Francis Mauro, QHSE manager at Gibdock says.
‘In ISO 9001:2015 there is much greater emphasis on corporate responsibility in internal processes, rather than delegation, while on the environmental side the focus is to ensure that procedures and documentation span product lifecycle. That makes us responsible for ensuring traceability from the moment a product is sourced until its disposal.’
Gibdock believes that adhering to the new standards will have benefits for customers.'We now have better control and traceability within our procedures, which are documented throughout the chain of command,' he adds.
Gibdock is now turning its attention to adopting the new, but as yet unpublished ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management standard, to transition from the existing OHSAS 18001 guidelines. We expect this will be later in the year,’ added Mauro.