[This story is breaking, and will be updated as developments come in.]

The California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) held certifications to ISO 9001 and ISO 55001 during the time management and supervisors were ordering “mark and locate” crews to falsify records related to the verification of buried gas lines.

PG&E is now under investigation by California regulators, as well as queries into the company’s role in the massive wildfires that besieged the state. Multiple executives have left the company in what PG&E calls “corrective actions” in response to the discovery.

The data falsification is thought to have occurred between 2012-2017. During this time, PG&E either held or obtained ISO 9001 quality management certification for its Supply Chain Quality Assurance department, and ISO 55001 asset management system certification for the company overall. The ANAB-accredited certification body Lloyds Register (LR) issued the ISO 55001, but the certification body who issued the ISO 9001 certificate is not yet known.

If the problems are found to be related to contract mark & locate crew members, then this would likely fall under the responsibility of the Supply Chain Quality Assurance department, and thus be part of the company’s ISO 9001 system.

Multiple marketing materials issued by PG&E boast that its ISO 55001 certification would ensure the safety of its services. ISO 55001 is an asset management certification, and not directly connected to safety, but there is some overlap.

So far, representatives from PG&E have not responded to requests for clarification on this story.

This story is developing.




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