After a month of audits, all plants in Ternium Mexico got or kept the Certification of its Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Management System under OHSAS 18001:2007 standard.
The aim of OHSAS 18001:2007 is to eliminate or minimize all hazard level resulting from normal operations. It helps raise awareness of prevention culture, have fewer accidents, improve legal compliance and have an increasingly safer and healthier work environment.
Collaborators from the plants that achieved the certification for the first time and registered zero nonconformities – Largos Norte and Largos Puebla – worked for over a year to organize and set about all the information according to the new Occupational Health and Safety Management System that ruled the standard.
On this occasion, both Ternium’s collaborators and contractors played a key role in achieving this goal.
Eduardo Cabello, Health and Safety Manager at Ternium Mexico, said: “Congratulations to all those who took part in this great achievement. This result demonstrates that people are increasingly giving greater value added to Occupational Health and Safety Management System.”
“Every time a ‘zero nonconformities’ result is issued, it is a very important commitment because the bar is set very high,” he added.
Juan Carlos Rodrígues, Director of Largos Mexico, explained: “we are a very big organization, with different cultures inside the plants, which are located in different states. But the industrial culture must be unique; it must be aligned with Ternium’s main culture. This enables us to unify, to use a common vocabulary and the same rules. We all give the same value to Occupational Health and Safety Management.”
In 2015 Ternigal, CIT Pesquería and Guerrero Plant were certified under OHSAS 18001:2007 standard, while in 2016, Churubusco, Universidad, Monclova and Juventud plants also complied with this standard.
At the end of the certification process, Andrea Leonardis, auditor team leader, congratulated all Ternium’s staff and said: “Every time we come back to Ternium, we encounter many improvements and this is noticeable in the management. We don’t have any nonconformities, yet don’t drop your guard.”