20 December 2013: Melbourne, Australia - Aggreko, the global leader in the supply of temporary power and temperature control has been recognised for its industry leading safety standards by achieving Occupational Health and Safety Management System BS (OHSAS) 18001:2007 certification, which, by default, also means the company has achieved the Australian standard 4801-2000 certification.
OHSAS is an internationally recognised standard and provides all types of organisations with the elements for an effective occupational health and safety management system. The certification is valid for three years, and is assessed each year of validity. It places an emphasis on how organisations proactively manage health and safety and is aligned with ISO14001 and ISO9001.
George Whyte, Managing Director, Aggreko Australia-Pacific spoke of the relevance of the standard to the potentially hazardous industries in which Aggreko operates: “Our business focuses on providing rental power and temperature control support for some of the most challenging industries in terms of employee risk.”
“The oil and gas, mining, construction and utilities industries are just a few industries that require a heavy focus on safety standards in order to operate responsibly and successfully. For Aggreko, achieving the OHSAS standard provides further assurance to our customers that, as a company, we are proactively managing health and safety. OH&S is at the core of the Aggreko business and something we’re committed to.”
To achieve OHMAS, an organisation needs to have a documented, maintained and implemented occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) that meets all of the requirements of the standard. There were three stages of the audit process. The first is a gap assessment which Aggreko completed in August. Following this there was the Stage 1 audit of Aggreko’s Melbourne Head Office Facility. Finally, Aggreko completed the Stage 2 audit which measured both Head Office in Melbourne and also a random selection of Australian Aggreko depots.
In 2016, Aggreko will undergo a full re-audit in order to retain the certification and will ensure that safety remains paramount throughout its operations in Australia.