BUILDING: GVK Highly Accredited
Recent Western Cape Business News
THE Cape Town-based Gordon Verhoef and Krause has recently been awarded Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 certification. This certification means that companies in the group comply with the international occupational health and safety management standard. The group is one of only a few construction companies in South Africa to be registered as an OHSAS 18001 compliant company.
Group health and safety manager Pedro Gonçalves says: “This certification promotes our aim of being the contractor of choice for our clients. Not only is it hugely important to our workforce, it also gives our clients peace of mind to know that in addition to complying with the laws of the land, we work to the highest international standards of occupational health and safety practices.” The group’s commitment to health and safety on site means fewer injuries to their workforce which results in improved morale, less downtime on site and increased productivity.
Gonçalves has spent the last two years developing systems and processes in line with this international standard. They were rolled out nationally, in all the areas where the group operates. After an initial phase of implementation and internal auditing, the group was audited by an external London-based verifying agent who recommended the certification.
The group’s Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTFR) currently stands at 1.09%, compared with the national industry standard of 4%. They recently received several industry accolades from the Master Builders’ Association when their operations in the Western Cape won the award for Safety Company of the Year. Gonçalves received the award for Safety Person of the Year at the same event.
“Over the next few months we aim to reduce our Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate to below one, raise the level of OHS compliance throughout the group by further driving awareness, increasing the focus on our goals in environmental management and continuing development of our quality management system. With the OHSAS 18001:2007 certification in place, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of a practical, integrated HSE and quality system.”
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