YKK continuously works to develop and improve in many areas, including quality management, occupational safety and health management and environmental management systems. YKK’s conformity to international and national standards is confirmed through our many certifications. Currently, many of YKK’s production locations (and YKK® fastening products, where applicable) have been certified as meeting Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OSHMS (OHSAS 18001/JISHA OSHMS), ISO/TS 16949:2009. Below is a more detailed description of each certification.
Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and final products at all stages of production.
The certification confirms compliance with laws that control or prohibit certain substances and chemicals (please refer to Oeko-Tex® website for list of requirements).
The Oeko-Tex® certification process is managed by Oeko-Tex® Association, a group of 15 well-known textile research and test institutes in Europe and Japan, with representative agencies and offices in over 50 countries worldwide.
Fastening products bearing Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification, among others:
- Have been tested for the release of heavy metals under artificial perspiration conditions.
- Have been tested for pesticides and chlorinated phenols.
- Are free from formaldehyde (or contain only trace amounts significantly lower than the required legal limits).
Textile products considered for this standard are broken into four categories based on the intended use. For instance, textile products for babies and toddlers (Product Class I) have to meet the highest requirements.
Currently, major products at most production locations are certified Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Product Class I. Please ask your sales representative about the specific products you wish to purchase.
ISO 9001:2008Page Top
ISO 9001:2008 provides standardized requirements for a best in class quality management system, regardless of what the organization does or its size.
The ISO 9001:2008 standard provides a proven framework for managing quality that will lead to producing consistently higher quality products. ISO 9001:2008 sets out the requirements a best in class quality system must meet, without specifying how they should be met for any particular organization.
ISO 9001:2008, as well as other ISO standards, have been developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. ISO is a network of national standards institutes of 160 countries with a Central Secretariat in Geneva.
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The ISO 14000 family addresses various aspects of environmental management. ISO 14001:2004 provides the requirements for environmental management systems (EMS).
An EMS that meets the ISO 14001:2004 requirements provides management tools necessary to:
- identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products or services;
- continually improve environmental performance; and
- implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets, achieving those targets and demonstrating that those targets have been achieved.
An Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework for managers to consistently identify and control health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legal compliance and improve overall performance.
There are several standards for OSHMS. In many of its locations YKK has obtained certificates of compliance under the following major OSHMS standards:
1. OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001
OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognized assessment specification for OSHMS’s. It was developed by leading trade, international standards and certification groups. Main issues addressed by OHSAS 18001 are (a) hazard identification, (b) risk assessment, (c) risk control, (d) OHSAS management programs, (e) training awareness and competence and (f) performance measuring, monitoring and improvement.
2. JISHA OSHMS
JISHA OSHMS standards were established by the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA) and they conform to the Guidelines for OSHMS’s from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan. These standards are adapted for actual safety and health management situations as well as specific safety and health activities at Japanese companies.
ISO/TS 16949:2009Page Top
ISO/TS 16949:2009, in conjunction with ISO 9001:2008, defines the quality management system requirements for the design, development, production and, when relevant, installation and service of automotive-related products.
ISO/TS 16949:2009 is designed to help management of the production process where customer-specified parts, for production and/or service, are manufactured.
Supporting functions, whether on-site or remote (such as design centers, corporate headquarters and distribution centers), form part of the site audit as they support the site, but cannot obtain stand-alone certification to ISO/TS 16949:2009. ISO/TS 16949:2009 can be applied throughout the automotive supply chain.
For more details please contact YKK representatives.
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