The company has taken a number of steps including standardization of quality processes and systems, extensive training programs at various levels and introduction of reward schemes to create a future ready workforce delivering superior products & services.

BHEL pioneered the development of quality management systems in India as early as the 1970s, with the adoption of the then prevalent state-of-the-art technology and quality processes and systems. The company is known for introducing the concept of Quality Circles in India as early as 1981, launching its Quality maturity model called Quality Management Effectiveness Review (QMER—a copyright of BHEL), adopting Total Quality Management and other major quality initiatives like problem solving through root cause analysis (RCA) methodology, improvement projects through IMPRESS (Improvement project reward scheme system), periodic and structured audits on processes, products at manufacturing units and at project sites. BHEL has received numerous quality awards and was the first PSU to get the CII-EXIM Bank Prize in the year 2006. Major BHEL divisions have also been awarded under the coveted CII-EXIM Bank Award for Business Excellence.

Significantly, BHEL adopted the ISO 9000 quality system since its inception in India in early 90's and today all its divisions are ISO-9001 certified. Subsequently the company has acquired international Environment, Health and Safety accreditations, ISO-14001 and OHSAS-18001. Major laboratories of BHEL are already NABL accredited and various products have been certified by relevant agencies like Central Boiler Board, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), UL India, American Petroleum Institute (API), Aerospace Quality Management System and Lloyds Register.