BAE Systems Programme & Support Business Streams achieves OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 certification

LRQA recently presented a statement of Certification for ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 to BAE Systems Programme & Support Business Streams. 

Gordon Christie, Managing Assessor and Julian Massey, Training Capability Development Manager, represented LRQA at the event with the BAE SHE Policy Board and P&S (Programme & Support) Assurance Team in attendance. 

BAE Systems business stream activities include the design, development, manufacture and assembly of aircraft and civil electronic systems. 

The BAE Systems UK P&S businesses are committed to achieving the highest standards when it comes to safety, health and environmental management (SHE management). In recent years the P&S businesses have adopted an increasingly collaborative approach to assurance, including the creation of a virtual team of P&S SHE Assurance practitioners. Lorna Currie, BAE Naval Ships Head of SHE Governance & Assurance said: 

"Every business has to achieve the same legal requirements from a SHE perspective, and every business is eager to improve the way they manage SHE, so it makes sense that each business is involved in carrying out independent audits of one another." 

One of the significant achievements in 2015 from a P&S SHE assurance perspective was the alignment of the third party assurance programme conducted by LRQA. Up until recently each P&S business engaged separately, but now that everything is run centrally efficiency and costs have improved. 

Speaking prior to the certification event, Gordon Christie said:

"LRQA and BAE Systems have historically had a positive business relationship; however, the approach was always quite traditional. This manifested in a relatively 'siloed' approach where the several lines of BAE Business were assessed independently and retained their own certification; as if they were separate businesses. However, there was a desire from both parties to unify the assessment process so that a collective and unilateral approach could be established. With that intent in mind, the partnership to develop this objective has been a driving factor in subsequent and future visits."

The BAE UK P&S SHE strategy has enabled the creation of a P&S SHE risk register, an assurance programme for evaluating the effectiveness of significant risk control and subgroups focusing on training and engagement.

The subgroups in particular have helped develop closer ties between each business. Reserving her final comments for everyone whose contribution has enabled each P&S site to achieve their objectives including OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001, Lorna Currie said: 

"I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone and look forward to your continued support in 2016. Being presented with our P&S certificate demonstrates our continual commitment to this partnership approach with LRQA." 

Gordon Christie, Managing Assessor at LRQA concludes: "The success achieved thus far is now being explored by senior UK BAE Systems management to extend the processes internationally; that is the next challenge for partnership."