From the gasoline that makes cars run to the natural gas that heats homes, people use energy in countless ways every day. As oil and gas consumption continues to rise, the industry faces the challenge of sustaining energy production in an economically and environmentally sound way.
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Oil and gas companies find it advantageous to conform to ISO 14000 environmental management standards ( EMS ). Although adherence to ISO 14000 is voluntary, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the use of EMS to help organizations improve their environmental performance and increase prevention of pollution. In addition, some oil and gas equipment manufacturers and service contractors adhere to ISO 9000 quality standards. Publicly traded oil and gas companies or those planning to go public or are acquired by public companies also need to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).
For oil and gas companies, the ultimate goal is to provide safe, reliable, and high-quality products and services. To achieve this goal, they must address many quality-related challenges, including:
The MasterControl? integrated quality management suite is a configurable, easy-to-use solution that helps companies attain and sustain ISO certification and regulatory compliance. MasterControl connects different departments with each other and with data and processes under a secure and centralized Web-based system. This connectivity helps promote quality throughout the enterprise by allowing management to continuously monitor and proactively improve the quality system.