September 30, 2013, Rybinsk — NPO Saturn has undergone its first inspection audit of its systems of environmental management to ensure compliance with ISO 14001:2004 standards. A year ago on October 25, 2012, the company received DQS and IQNet certificates, international recognition in environmental management, and now based on the results of the work conducted on September
NPO Saturn has demonstrated its environmental responsibility over the course of many years. The company is holding course for reconstruction and modernisation of production, giving priority to implementing modern high-efficiency technologies and equipment that will help to significantly reduce the impact of production on the surrounding environment. It is paying attention to preventing occupational illnesses and to protecting workers in dangerous positions from negative health consequences. It is creating new types of production that work harmoniously with the natural and social environment.
NPO Saturn began working to certify its environmental management systems under international standards in December 2011. At that point the company leadership decided to begin the certification process, and the certification body selected was DEKUES (Yaroslavl), the Russian department of the German holding DQS-UL Group, which is one of the founders of the IQNet international certification network.
To create an efficient system of environmental management at NPO Saturn, they created a group on certification on ecological and industrial safety, and in 62 company subdivision structures they named people responsible for environmental management. They trained specialists in developing and implementing environmental management systems and — for the internal audit to issue the corresponding certificates. They formed a register of legislative and normative legal acts that determines the requirements for the company in the area of environmental protection. Since 01.08.2012 NPO Saturn has implemented and followed its Ecological Policy, which reflects the priority goals and responsibilities of the company in the area of ecology and which are an integral part of the company’s short and long-term strategic plans.
Head of the DQS audit under ISO 14001 DEKUES Tatyana Rachkova, in summing up the results of the auditing group’s work, said, “You are moving in the right direction. There are clear improvements. The system of environmental management at NPO Saturn is actively developing; significant resources are being put into modernizing production and getting new equipment. You are paying attention to matters of improving the ecological profile of your products in the planning and execution stages. You once again have confirmed the competency of your staff. You have worked out a good system of briefing, which includes the environmental policy system. NPO Saturn’s strength is the system of schedule preventive repairs, and the system of calibration and checking the testing equipment, as well as the product certification system. This is a good result. To sum up, our environmental group would recommend that the certification bodies extend the existing certificate confirming the system of environmental management’s compliance with international standard ISO 14001:2004 for a further year, until the next audit.”
At the end of the first inspection audit members of the committee and NPO Saturn specialists held a joint environmental action — they planted several young pine trees, making a personal contribution to supporting the environment.
According to the development director at DEKUES Svetlana Ulyanova, “The goal of this inspection audit is not control, but to confirm the results of the functioning system of environmental management. NPO Saturn took it upon itself to implement the requirements of the Russian environmental protection legislation and set itself a higher goal — to conform to international standards. The company has confirmed its social responsibility to the community, partners, and employees. I hope that our on-going cooperation will remain same productive, since now there is another reason to get together — to check on our pine trees that we have planted together today, and see that the environmental situation around your factory really is good.”
NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in the development, production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, marine vessels, and electrical generating and gas transport facilities. Saturn is part of the United Engine Corporation.
United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. UEC includes more than 85% of leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and servicing of gas turbine technology, as well as key companies selectors of the industry. One of UEC’s priorities is implementing comprehensive development programs for the industry with new technologies meeting international standards
OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies, founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC), and other assets.
Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations, of which 8 holdings are in the military-industrial complex, and five are in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. Its 2012 turnover was 931 billion rubles, with net profit of 38.5 billion rubles. It paid a total of 109 billion rubles in taxes at all budget levels.
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