Wind power Gamesa receives Occupational Health and Safety certification

Gamesa has obtained an Occupational Health and Safety Management System accreditation from the Spanish Standardisation and Certification Association (AENOR) certifying that it complies with the OHSAS 18001 international standard. Gamesa is the first Spanish company to have AENOR certify its Occupational Health and Safety Management System across its global facilities network.

The AENOR accreditation includes Gamesa headquarters offices worldwide and the company’s more than 30 manufacturing centres in Europe, the United States and Asia.

Gamesa Chairman Jorge Calvet received the certificate from AENOR Deputy Managing Director Avelino Brito at an event today in Madrid.

The AENOR seal certifies that Gamesa has implemented an Occupational Health and Safety Management System to help prevent workplace accidents, and that the company is committed to ongoing improvement in this area. The scope of the certification encompasses the design, manufacture, assembly, onsite installation, start-up and post-sale service for wind turbines and their components.

Enhance productivity and foster a culture of prevention

The AENOR certification is based on the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 international standard, and offers three main benefits: it helps to reduce workplace accidents and boost productivity, assists the company in complying with legislation governing accident prevention and encourages a culture of prevention by incorporating safety awareness into the company’s overall operational system.

Application of the OHSAS 18001 model allows the company to identify and assess workplace risks. Using this model, the company defines its prevention policy, organisational structure, responsibilities, functions, activity planning, procedures and resources. It can thus put into practice a system for workplace health and safety management which, far from being a snapshot frozen in time, entails ongoing review, updating and assessment.
Gamesa’s Occupational Health and Safety accreditation is the 1,000th of its kind to be issued by AENOR, and is the third AENOR Systems certification to exceed the 1,000-mark, after the ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management standards. Additionally, of the three aforementioned standards, the health and safety accreditation has reached the 1,000-milestone in the shortest time. 

With more than 15 years’ experience in renewable energy technologies, primarily wind energy, Gamesa is a world leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbines.

Gamesa has installed more than 18,000 MW throughout the world. The annual equivalent of this energy output amounts to more than 4 million tons of petroleum (TEP) per year and prevents the emission into the atmosphere of about 27 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

The company is also a global benchmark in the market for the development, construction and sale of wind farms, with more than 3,500 MW installed and a wind farm portfolio totalling 22,000 MW at varying stages of development in Europe, America and Asia.

With 30 manufacturing facilities in Europe, USA, China and India, and 4,400 MW of annual manufacturing capacity, Gamesa has an international workforce of more than 6,300 people

By developing technical guidelines and certifications, AENOR helps to improve the quality and competitiveness of businesses and their products and services, and thus assists organisations in generating one of the most coveted values in today’s economy: trust.

As the agency legally tasked with issuing standards in Spain, AENOR offers the business community a catalogue of 28,500 rules and their effective solutions. AENOR is also the leading certification entity, since its accreditations are the most valued on the market. The more than 57,000 certifications issued to date support organisations in areas including quality management, environmental management, research and development, workplace health and safety and energy efficiency.

AENOR was created in 1986 as a private, not-for-profit organisation. It has 21 offices in Spain and a permanent presence in 11 countries.