Google Green blog has announced that the comapny has received ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.
In a January 19 blog post, Joe Kava, Senior Director, data center construction and operations announced that, “All of our U.S. owned and operated data centers have received ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. We’re the first major Internet services company to gain external certification for those high standards at all of our U.S. data centers.”
Adding further he writes, “both standards are built around a very simple concept: Say what you’re going to do, then do what you say–and then keep improving. The standards say what key elements are required, but not how to do it–that part’s up to us. So we set some challenging goals for ourselves, and we asked our auditors to confirm that we’ve followed through on them.”
The following Google data centers in the U.S. locations have received this dual certification:
- The Dalles, Ore.
- Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Mayes County, Okla.
- Lenoir, N.C.
- Monck’s Corner, S.C.
- Douglas County, Ga.
For the last year, our data center team has been working on a project to bring our facilities to even higher standards for environmental management and workforce safety. Citing an example of the security improvements, Kava notes, “Like most data centers, ours have emergency backup generators on hand to keep things up and running in case of a power outage. To reduce the environmental impact of these generators, we’ve done two things: first, we minimized the amount of run time and need for maintenance of those generators. Second, we worked with the oil and generator manufacturers to extend the lifetime between oil changes. So far we’ve http://htmlcompressor.com/compressor.html#resultmanaged to reduce our oil consumption in those generators by 67 percent.”