Application of ISO 9000 and OHSAS 18000 to a mining company, a case study

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ISO 9000 Quality Management Standards Series aims to improve the products and services regarding customer satisfaction. The main purpose is to increase quality. On the other hand, having a special importance to mining, OHSAS 18000 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment System Series aims to provide safer, more tranquil and more healthy working environment to the labors. Both of these management systems are continuously improved and increase their importance in the world. This study evaluates ISO 9000 and OHSAS 18000 series in a comparative and criticizing scope and complementariness of the standards to each other is examined. Existing conditions in our country are determined in mining perspective and some comments are given to improve existing condition. Literatural information is given about both of the series in the study and these information is supported by some case studies. Case studies covers not only, a leading company in Turkey namely MANGAN Marble & Granite Inc. but also some other companies and establishments. Studies show that there are some problems observed in the implementation of both series. The main problem is commitment of the top management. Other problems are documentation and training of the personnel. These problems are more serious in small scale mining companies and quarries. Although existance of these problems is highly possible in the mining companies applying ISO 9000 and OHSAS 18000 series are very beneficial regarding the increase in the quality of products and therefore it̕s advantages and in providing a healthy and safe working environment and become a necessity.


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M. Akaner, “Application of ISO 9000 and OHSAS 18000 to a mining company, a case study,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.