Meeting the International Standard for Quality

Saskatchewan Minerals Inc. - Sodium Sulphate is Our Business

Celebrating ISO Certification and the Continued Commitment it Represents

Achieving ISO certification is an important milestone for Saskatchewan Minerals, and even more so for our customers. An international quality standard recognized in more than 178 countries and issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the recognition lets our customers know they can count on the quality of product they receive from Saskatchewan Minerals.

A Decade of Total Dedication

Being granted certification by the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards did not happen overnight. The process took 10 years – involving the development of a robust Quality Management System (QMS) – in order to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification. “We apply the QMS to all parts of our company. It encompasses all the processes, from harvesting to accounting. The quality management system has become a culture for Saskatchewan Minerals,” explains Shannon Schmitz, Corporate Receptionist and Internal Quality Auditor.

“The system inspires the confidence of customers and staff, breaks down barriers between departments, and helps us reach defined business objectives,” says Shannon.

“The quality management system has become a culture for Saskatchewan Minerals.”
- Shannon Schmitz, Saskatchewan Minerals Corporate Receptionist and Internal Quality Auditor.

Increased customer confidence

When customers provide us with specifications, they can rest assured the results are monitored, measured and analyzed to achieve the highest quality anhydrous sodium sulphate for their operations.

In short, says Shannon, the QMS ensures our product meets the most stringent customer requirements.

A lasting legacy of quality

Although a specific quality team is in place, the dedication to quality is a company-wide team effort that continues today.

“The QMS has become a part of day-to-day business for the entire company – resulting in close product inspection, extensive employee training, accurate and updated paperwork and improved inter-departmental communications,” says Shannon.

The system only works because everyone on the team is committed to making it work. “The process to get certified was so stringent, it really became a team effort,” says Schmitz. “And the team effort continues!”