The S.E.A. Group has been developing, manufacturing, integrating, reselling and supporting personal protective equipment in Australia and internationally since the 1980s, with a focus primarily on respiratory protective devices. In that time it has developed considerable knowledge and expertise in the field of PPE.
S.E.A. operates a quality management system which has been independently ISO-certified since 1993. It is currently certified by SAI Global to ISO 9001:2008 under certificate no. QEC0164. The quality management system supports S.E.A. in achieving its mission, quality policy and quality objectives, and thereby in its aim to ensure that its products and services continue to meet and exceed customer expectations. The certification covers the development, manufacture, assembly, importation, marketing, servicing and distribution of personal safety equipment, including:
— respiratory protective devices
— protective clothing
— communication devices
— associated maintenance systems and accessories
Central to the effectiveness of the quality management system is a commitment by top management to the quality management principles of ISO 9001. The quality management system is supported by a resident quality manager. The quality management system commits S.E.A. to:
— periodical external audits of the QMS by SAI Global
— routine internal audits of all areas of the QMS
— design control
— document control
— control of suppliers
— continual improvement of the QMS
S.E.A. products carry certification to various local and international standards. These products are certified by third-party approval bodies, including SAI Global (Australasia), INSPEC International (CE) and NIOSH (USA).
The SE400 range of respirators has been certified in Europe since 1998 and in the USA since 1999.
Each approval body mandates compliance with quality system requirements additional to those of ISO 9001, and to a comprehensive quality/test plan for each product.
Each body carries out annual or biennial onsite audits of certified products and associated quality systems.
S.E.A. maintains an in-house Engineering department consisting of electronics, software and mechanical engineering expertise. Engineering developed the SE400 range of products, which continue to evolve. The department also provides engineering support to Manufacturing and Marketing departments.
The department includes a test facility used for conducting research, developing new products and testing of production samples.
S.E.A.-developed products are manufactured, maintained and warehoused at its Sydney facility.
S.E.A. manages important relationships with subcontractors, suppliers and resellers. It uses a number of key subcontractors who supply end-user products in accordance with S.E.A. specifications. S.E.A. has a long history of involvement with universities and other researchers, supporting and collaborating on research projects in the field of personal protective equipment.