The South African engineering and manufacturing industries are well-established, with a global reputation for being among the most cutting-edge in the world. This has been driven by an industry-wide pursuit of excellence and a dedicated focus by industry players to improve on their manufacturing health and safety standands.
Rand-Air’s Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) manager Bongani Thobela says that the company has achieved many milestones in its quest to comply with industry standards and requirements
“One of the most important specifications we adhere to are the internationally-established ISO standards. In so doing, customers can be assured that Rand-Air will provide them with a world-class service, with an equally high level of service excellence
According to Bongani, some of the ISO certifications which the company has achieved over the years include ISO 9001, 2008, 2001 and 2004.
“Achieving these involved a lot of work; however, we are reaping the rewards,” says Bongani.
Being part of the Atlas Copco group since 1999, when Rand-Air was purchased by the parent company, has also increased their focus on achieving best-of-breed industry standards and certifications.
While the company places a strong emphasis on international standards, it also conforms to local industry standards, as well as those required by customers.
“Rand-Air has a number of key contracts with important industry role players which have their own standards, particularly when it comes to health and safety. These customers include major power generation, petrochemical and transport providers in South Africa.
There are also a number of mining companies which we supply equipment to, and our equipment undergoes rigorous inspections accordingly. These inspections are also carried out on our systems and processes so that our customers can be assured they are receiving the best quality possible,” Bongani explains.
He adds that conforming to these standards also benefits smaller customers who are also important to the company and expect the same dedicated high standards and dedicated focus.
While the company has achieved much in the last 40 years, Thobela warns that there is no place for complacency.
“We must make sure we retain our certifications and work towards achieving more. There is always room for improvement. We get independently audited annually, and we must always be prepared for this,” he continues.
“Going forward, I think there will be a greater focus in South Africa on Occupational Health and Safety in general; as well as the new environmental standards which are aimed at preserving the integrity and well-being of our environment.
These are hugely important, as compliance to these standards ensures that companies engage in responsible and sustainable business practices for the ultimate benefit of all,” concludes Bongani.These are hugely important, as compliance to these standards ensures that companies engage in responsible and sustainable business practices for the ultimate benefit of all,” concludes Bongani.