The Group Projects and General Services at QNB, a leading financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has acquired ISO 45001:2018 provided by Bureau Veritas International Doha.
This prestigious certification is a testament to the Group’s strong commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for its employees, vendors, clients, and visitors in accordance with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System standards.
QNB said in a statement that it also reflects one of the Group’s strategic pillar aimed at supporting human development by providing a sustainable and healthy environment for employees and customers.
Commenting on the recognition, Mr. Yousef Ali al-Darwish, senior executive vice-president of QNB Group Projects and General Services Division, said that, “We are proud to receive such an international recognition, which comes in ensuring that the security system we developed succeeded to meet the safety standards followed globally. Our priority will always be to accommodate the safety requirements of our employees and customers, applying the best practices and standards that a workplace needs to have.”
In order to achieve this certification, QNB Group Safety and Security has established well-documented Occupational Health, Safety Management systems by adopting a process and risk-based approach. The QNB Group Safety and Security has positively identified all OH&S processes and their sequence and interactions. The process methodology and criteria were define in relevant procedures and policy and the established documented procedures were identified and interlinked with the manuals that capture outsourced processes identified by the QNB and the established controls.
The QNB has established a process to determine the risks and opportunities, assessment & prioritization for the OH&S Management system clearly establishing the action plan to mitigate the risks and considered the identified opportunities and actions. Group Safety and Security has implemented robust processes, including policy updates, to effectively maintain, address, and respond to emergencies or incidents. These processes have been regularly monitored, maintained, and evaluated to ensure compliance with applicable legal and other requirements.
According to the statement, “The ISO 45001:2018 certification process involved comprehensive audits, development of existing documents, Occupational Health and Safety management system review, during which QNB provided documentary evidences of its existing and current Safety and Security processes conducted by Bureau Veritas. Bureau Veritas raised “no” non-conformity during the Audits therefore the Group Safety and Security recommended for ISO 45001:2018 certification.”