MEMBERSHIPS AND ACCREDITATIONS
Bituminous Products has NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited Laboratories at Revesby NSW, Pinkenba QLD, Bohle QLD and Cannington WA. NATA’s role is to serve the national and public interest by ensuring that member facilities comply with relevant international and Australian standards and so are competent to provide consistently reliable testing, calibration, measurement and inspection data to government, industry and the wider community. NATA accreditation provides a means of determining, formally recognising and promoting the competence of facilities to perform specific types of testing, inspection, calibration, and other related activities. NATA’s accreditation is based on a peer-review process made possible by some 3000 volunteer experts who assist with the assessment of facilities and sit on NATA’s various technical committees. To maintain accreditation, facilities must be re-assessed regularly. The criteria for determining a facility’s competence are based on the relevant international standard (eg ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 15189, ISO/IEC 17020) and include: the qualifications, training and experience of staff; correct equipment that is properly calibrated and maintained; adequate quality assurance procedures; appropriate sampling practices, and so on.
Bituminous Products has an Integrated Management System (IMS). At Revesby the IMS is accredited by SAI Global. The accreditation certifies that the IMS complies with: ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems Since the first release ISO 9001 over 30 years ago, by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), more than one million organizations worldwide have adopted the principles and achieved certification to the requirements of ISO 9001, Quality Management System. Today’s version provides organizations with a comprehensive process-focused framework upon which business processes can be built that lead to the successful achievement of organizational objectives. Organizations that implement an effective business management system create a confidence among their stakeholders in the capability of their processes and the reliability of their products and or services; while at the same time, benefiting from improved risk management. In addition, an effective business management system serves to create the basis for continual improvement leading to increased customer satisfaction and ultimately to the success of the organization. The principles upon which ISO 9001:2015 is based include:
- Customer Focus
- Involvement of People
- Process Approach
- System Approach to Management
- Continual Improvement
- Factual Approach to Decision Making and
- Mutually Beneficial Supplier Relationship.
AS/NZS 4801 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems The protection of the health and safety of all employees is vital to the success of all organizations. Poor performance in occupational health and safety (OHS) can take a heavy financial toll on any business, not to mention the human cost of work-related illness, injury, and fatality. In our continually changing workplace environment, the effective assessment and management of OHS issues is paramount. The system helps to ensure that the business:
- Has an effective OHS policy and objectives
- Can establish, assess, and review its own OHS procedures
- Can demonstrate its commitment to OHS to others, via self-declaration or certification.
- Reduce workplace illness and injury
This is the primary aim of an effective OHSMS. The implementation of such a system can also help your business to deal with the legal imperatives, ethical concerns, industrial relations considerations relating to workplace safety, and to improve its financial performance. AS/NZS 4801:2001 is used as the benchmark to assess Occupational Health & Safety Management systems. ISO 14001 Environmental Management Environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges we face in our global community. Organizations are conducting business within complex legal structures, while stakeholder demands are increasing and environmental performance expectations are becoming more onerous. To operate effectively in this environment organizations are now required to demonstrate proactive management of the environmental impacts of their business activities. Effective environmental management involves incorporating environmentally responsible practices into everyday business processes. What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)? An Environmental Management System is a framework, which can be integrated with existing business processes to effectively identify, measure, manage and control environmental impacts and hence environmental risks. An Environmental Management System also establishes the means for improving performance and moving towards environmental sustainability through best practice such as ISO 14001. The International Standard ISO 14001:2016, Environmental Management Systems lists these requirements.
The flexible pavement industry is responsible for the design, specification, manufacture, construction and maintenance of all forms of flexible pavement to provide a better-connected Australia now and into the future. Bituminous Products is proud to be an AfPA Member.