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DMP divisions achieve international standard
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
The Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) Perth and Kalgoorlie-based Petroleum and Environment Divisions have been awarded the prestigious AS/NS ISO 9001:2008 certification after being audited from December 2008 to February 2009.
DMP Director of Petroleum and Environment Bill Tinapple said the certification recognised the department’s management of petroleum tenure and resources, environmental approvals and strategic business policy development, and its quality management system.
“In order to be granted the certification, each division was required to demonstrate that it consistently met statutory and regulatory requirements and followed set procedures to ensure consistency in customer services,” Mr Tinapple said.
“The divisions also needed to prove they allowed for the continual improvement of their management systems.
“These systems are very important in improving approvals times and allowing the processing of more applications.”
The certification is valid for three years and will expire in 2012, with the Petroleum and Environment Divisions to be audited annually until that time.
AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 is a joint Australian and New Zealand standard that replaced the AS/NZS 9001:2000 standard in December 2008.
A technical committee of peak industry and government bodies, including Engineers Australia, the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, prepared the standard.
“Western Australia is recognised as one of the world’s leading petroleum-producing regions, and environmental management is a central concern of all resources industry activity that takes place in the State,” Mr Tinapple said.
“This standard confirms Western Australia has a highly specialised and competent regulator overseeing the resources industry in the form of the Department of Mines and Petroleum.”