World-leading materials handling solutions specialist Vanderlande Industries Australia Pty Ltd has achieved certification to the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard for occupational health and safety.
SAI Global conducted a three-day external audit in June 2014 following the implementation of an OHSAS 18001 compliant safety management system. Jenny Farr, Safety Quality & Environmental Manager in the UK, provided support to the local teams by visiting projects, undertaking audit activities, training managers and supervisors, and supporting the management and project teams in implementing requirements.
The OHSAS 18001 standard requires companies to meet the requirements of the standard, comply with legislation and make continuous improvements. SAI Global reviewed the safety management system processes and checked implementation both in the Sydney office and at one of the sites where Vanderlande was building an automated material handling solution.
SAI Global audited several areas including: Management commitment, achievement against objectives and targets; Safety management review and continual improvement; Hazard identification risk assessment monitoring and control; Compliance evaluation legal, statutory, regulatory and other requirements and communication; Internal audit; Worker consultation, communication and participation; Operational control; Incident reporting and investigations; Emergency preparedness and response; Monitoring and measurement; Training and competence; Management of subcontractors.
On the safety certification, Roald de Groot, Director of Vanderlande Industries Australia Pty Ltd said that the achievement demonstrates the hard work of everyone in not only ensuring good safety documentation, but also that the safety tools provided are used to deliver high standards at all of their sites. He adds that the certification now provides their clients with the confidence that Vanderlande is a safety focused organisation.