Aiming at systematically manage health, safety and environmental risks, KPO operates under its Integrated HSE Management System, which is certified against the ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System), ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety), and ISO 50001:2018 (Energy Management).
Since the initial system certification in 2009, KPO has been organizing annual surveillance audits by accredited third parties. The new ISO 45001:2018 Standard for Occupational Safety and Health has replaced the OHSAS 18001:2007 Standard. KPO management supported certification of the HSE Integrated Management System to the latest version.
In 2018, in order to identify gaps in compliance with the ISO 45001:2018, KPO conducted the first stage of analysis of the existing HSE Management system documentation.
In 2019, KPO conducted the second stage of analysis of the HSE Management system in order to check the company readiness for certification and compliance of amendments introduced in the internal HSE documentation after the first analysis. The two analyses identified gaps that were addressed prior to the 2020 re-certification audit.
In 2020, KPO had passed through the re-certification process and successfully obtained certificates for the ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System), ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety), and ISO 50001:2018 (Energy Management). This achievement demonstrated that COVID-19 has had no impact on the certification process and on the KPO’s HSE commitment.
KPO employees and contractor staff work intensively towards maintaining these processes. Continuous improvement and commitment is KPO’s priority in ensuring the health and safety of the workforce with minimum impact to the environment.
The KPO HSE requirements are extensively communicated and included in the specific contract schedule of all the contracts. Relevant procedures are in place to mitigate the potential risks and ascertain KPO’s activities are safely implemented.
In order to provide assurance that operations are carried out in line with the set targets and in compliance with the established corporate and HSE management systems, the Company holds regular internal audits. In 2020, KPO held six corporate audits and 22 HSE audits.