PSF receives ISO certification
By Robin Scott
Premium Standard Farms (PSF) in Dalhart achieved their ISO 14000 certification recently. The ISO 14000 certification is for their environmental management system.
The International Standards Organization (ISO) is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. Their purpose is to offer a method for fair and accurate standards comparison between entities within various countries. Murphy-Brown, who now operates and manages PSF, was the first pork producer in the world to have their environmental management system ISO certified and now the Dalhart operation has joined in reaching that prestigious honor.
The ISO 14000 family addresses environmental management, which means that the organization minimizes harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities and achieves continual improvements of its environmental performance.
The very first two standards, ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14004:2004 deal with environmental management systems (EMS). ISO 14001:2004 provides the requirements for an environmental management system and ISO 14004:2004 gives general environmental management system guidelines. The other standards and guidelines in the family address specific environmental aspects, including labeling, performance evaluation, life cycle analysis, communication and auditing.
An EMS meeting the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 is a management tool enabling an organization of any size or type to identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products or services, and to improve its environmental performance continually, and to implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets, to achieving these and to demonstrating that they have been achieved.
ISO 14001:2004 is a tool that can be used to meet internal objectives, provide assurance to management that it is in control of the organizational processes and activities having an impact on the environment, and assure employees that they are working for an environmentally responsible organization. ISO 14001:2004 can also be used to meet external objectives, provide assurance on environmental issues to external stakeholders, such as customers, the community and regulatory agencies, comply with environmental regulations, support the organization’s claims and communication about its own environmental policies, plans and actions and provides a framework for demonstrating conformity via suppliers’ declarations of conformity, assessment of conformity by an external stakeholder, such as a business client - and for certification of conformity by an independent certification body.
Premium Standard Farms is committed to and takes seriously its responsibility for protecting
the environment and promoting environmental stewardship. Their philosophy starts with senior management and extends to every employee. They strive to comply with the letter and spirit of environmental laws and regulations, implement practices where feasible to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and reduce and beneficially reuse waste, pursue continual improvement in environmental performance through their environmental management systems. They are one of many Dalhart area businesses dedicated to making a change to environmentally sound practices to ensure the least impact on the environment.