Your understanding of QSE is rather vague? You’ve heard of it, but you’re not quite sure you’ve mastered the subject? Today, we decided to write a little guide just for you: QSE for Dummies. It will bring you all the keys to grasp the issues. The QSE will soon have no more secrets for you!
QSE for Dummies: Definition of QSE
And yes, another acronym. QSE refers to the terms Quality, Safety and Environment. It is in fact a global approach, implemented thanks to a integrated management system (IMS) efficient and controlled. Each of the terms constituting the QSE indicates the main objectives of this policy: to ensure the product quality and services proposed, promote the well-being of its teams work, and protect the environment.
Any company can decide to implement a QSE policy. It serves to better respond to current societal and environmental challenges, as well as to the growing expectations of stakeholders. It is an approach entirely voluntary, in which many organizations see a real performance lever. Indeed, QSE is governed by several standards and is subject to certification, which is valuable to obtain. This is issued by an approved organization, following an inventory that certifies compliance with managerial requirements.
The standards that govern QSE
It is possible for you to obtain 3 QSE certifications, which are based on a certain number of management principles. All of them will allow you to assure your customers, future talents and other stakeholders of your commitment to quality, the well-being of your teams and your impact on the environment. Often with great commercial spin-offs.
ISO 9001: Quality management.
This certification demonstrates your commitment to providing quality products and services. To obtain it, it is therefore necessary to improve the manufacturing quality of your products, the quality of the services provided by your organization, the durability and technical nature of the materials you use, your after-sales service, etc.
ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety
This standard establishes the requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. This ISO thus provides the guidelines allowing you to provide your teams with safe and healthy workplaces. To obtain this certification, you must in particular implement tools and measures to prevent the risk of accidents at work, psychosocial risks or occupational diseases.
ISO 14001: Environmental management
This standard establishes requirements and guidelines for any organization wishing to improve its environmental performance. The implementation of an environmental management system according to ISO 14001 should allow better understanding of the environmental impacts generated by the organization’s activities, and to promote their reduction through a process of continuous improvement of practices. Certification also attests to proper compliance with regulations.
The three pillars of QSE
A company’s QSE approach is based on three pillars:
- Risk control. This means analyzing the risks (of poor quality, negative impact on biodiversity, accidents at work, etc.), but also prioritizing and preventing them. It is also a question of knowing the regulatory requirements in this area at your fingertips, and of complying with them.
- The amelioration keeps going. This is about designing concrete actions that allow the organization to improve little by little and gradually reduce the number of things that do not work optimally.
- L’audit. For a QSE approach to be sustainable, it is necessary to carry out audits. They aim to assess the effectiveness of the actions carried out and to identify possible areas for improvement.