Harry Eng | General Manager – Group Manufacturing, Malaysia
Often we get asked by our clients, where we are as a company in terms of accreditations for the flexitanks logistics industry. Professional and trade accreditations are very important for our industry as they apply a clear professional standard and set of procedures to adhere to.
At our TOLT manufacturing plants in Malaysia, South Africa and China we are always working to achieve the highest and most up to date standards. By maintaining such a strict and clear focus on meeting professional accreditations, we can differentiate ourselves from some of our competitors (particularly in the flexitank industry where, low cost producers may not adhere to such stringent procedures).
As full list of Trans Ocean’s current accreditations can be found on our website http://www.transoceanbulk.com/accreditations/ . During 2015 we are actively pursuing ISO 14001 accreditation. We are also continuing to push the envelope with the COA PAS 1008, which aims to provide a new industry standard for flexitank logistics safety.
What are the various accreditations, and what do they mean?
With so many different accreditations, it is sometimes difficult to understand what they all mean. With this in mind, please find below a quick refresher which will fill you in on the key details…
ISO 9001 is one of the most widely used quality management systems in the world. Externally and independently certified, it is designed to help ensure that we meet the needs of customers whilst meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to our products. ISO 9001 can also be viewed as a driver for continuously improving quality standards in our organization: ensuring that we continue to provide the very best flexitank logistics service.
OSHAS 18001 provides the framework for our organization to instigate proper and effective management of Health and Safety within the workplace. With regular assessments carried out by a third party certification body, the system enables us to become more efficient in managing and reducing accidents whilst signifying to our customers and staff that we take Health and Safety very seriously.
FSSC 22000 and GMP Codex are accreditations which specify requirements for Food Safety standards. They represent a management system where an organization in the food chain is required to demonstrate its ability to control Food Safety Hazards and ensure that Food is safe at the time of human consumption. This is very important when transporting food and beverage products in flexitanks.
ISO 14000 is an environmental management standard which helps organizations minimize the environmental impact of their operations, comply with applicable environmental laws or regulations, and make continual improvements in the area of sustainability. ISO 14000 forms part of the JF Hillebrand Group’s Sustainable Development Program.
For food packaging companies such as ourselves, Kosher and Halal Certification is very important as this increases the size of the potential flexitank logistics market. Having Kosher and Halal certification means that we conform to the dietary laws of the Jewish and Muslim faiths respectively, as well as other faiths such as Seventh Day Adventists.
PAS 1008 is a new framework to professionalize and provide an industry-wide standard for the manufacture of Flexitanks. It will ensure that all flexitanks are safe to transport bulk liquids without leaking and without causing permanent damage to the environment or to the freight container. Trans Ocean has been championing best-practice in the flexitank industry for a number of years and as such we see the implementation of PAS 1008 as a big step forward.