Cepsa, certified management

29 Dec 2020

    • The facilities in Palos de la Frontera, Huelva, and San Roque, Cadiz, pass audits according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, and IATF standards, in addition to ISO 45001:2018
    • Its maritime terminals certify their agreements of best practices for the environment with the port authorities of Huelva and the Bay of Algeciras
The La Rábida Refinery, the Palos de la Frontera, and Petronuba Chemical Plants in Huelva, and the Gibraltar-San Roque Refinery, Lubricants, and Puente Mayorga Chemical Plant in San Roque, Cadiz, have successfully passed the external audit, carried out by AENOR, f their quality, environmental protection, and energy management systems, in accordance with the ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environmental, ISO 50001 Energy, and IATF Automotive Quality standards, throughout 2020. This audit highlighted the strong points of the management systems implemented by Cepsa. The aim was to renew the overall requirements for the management systems and to ensure that they are implemented in our processes and facilities, while also detecting and identifying possible areas for improvement.

The Cepsa industrial complex plants in Palos and San Roque obtained the Quality and Environmental systems certification in 2017, in accordance with the new version of the standards, which means this audit was for renewal. At the Química Puente Mayorga plant, we implemented the new version of the ISO 50001:2018 energy management standard for the first time, a standard the Refinery has had since 2019.

In addition, this year both refineries and chemical plants received certification of their safety and health-at-work system, under the ISO 45001:2018 standard, after successfully passing the audit conducted by AUDELCO. This new standard, which replaces the previous OHSAS 18001, reinforces the culture of prevention and incorporates new features such as the active participation of workers at all levels in terms of health and safety at work.

On the other hand, the maritime terminals of both industrial centers also certified their best practice agreements with the port authorities of Huelva and the Bay of Algeciras, pursuant to the provisions of the Guide to Best Practices for the Environment for State Ports (GBPA), which is aimed at promoting the best practices to be adopted in this area by reinvesting subsidized port fees in environmental projects established in the aforementioned agreement.

Cepsa’s Paraffin Molding Plant at the Gibraltar-San Roque Refinery has also successfully passed the food safety audit for renewal according to the new versions of the ISO 22000 and FSSC 220000 standards. The audit team determined the conformity of Cepsa’s management system and evaluated the capacity to meet the necessary requirements and specific objectives, as well as identifying possible areas of improvement.

In addition, Cepsa has successfully passed the annual regulatory safety inspection established by European regulations, known as SEVESO III, at its industrial facilities in Huelva. Auditors from an Authorized Inspection Agency (OCA) visited the above-mentioned industrial centers to review its organization, technical equipment, and safety management system for serious accidents. The San Roque industrial center already welcomed the visit of the inspectors and is waiting for the favorable ruling.

The purpose of this safety inspection is to demonstrate that the facilities have adequate measures to prevent serious accidents involving dangerous chemicals, that they take the necessary steps to limit consequences inside and outside the facilities, should they occur, and that the data and information provided in the technical reports faithfully reflect the safety status of the plants. It also demonstrates that training programs have been put in place and that personnel have been informed about protection measures and actions in case of accidents. In short, the aim is to verify compliance with all security management requirements.

For almost 30 years, Cepsa has been audited in safety, operations, environment, and quality. All these certifications assure Cepsa management’s compliance at its Andalusian operating centers with all matters and that the Company’s facilities in this autonomous region are in line with the requirements of all the regulations concerning it.
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