We’re pleased to share that Kelvin Terminals, our latex tank terminal in the Netherlands, has been awarded the ISO 45001 Management System certification. This new accreditation provides an internationally recognised framework that aligns with our proactive approach to occupational health and safety. Kelvin Terminals is now one of five tank terminals in the Netherlands to hold this certification.
The ISO 45001 certification replaces our previous British OHSAS 18001 Standard which emphasised the control of hazards, whereas the new certification takes a more vigilant, risk-avoidance approach. As part of the transition, a stronger culture of health and safety has been embedded into everyday operations, bringing a greater understanding of the need for a safe and efficient workplace. A new element of the certification is the increased consultation and participation of employees, who have since been engaged in frequent work review meetings. Greater emphasis has been placed on the mental wellbeing of employees, as we dedicate more resources to examining the effect of employee stress and by extension, its impact on business processes.
The transition has required a thorough emphasis on planning, setting objectives and KPIs. Actions have included on-site emergency training, a weekly external training course over four months, and the addition of full face mask respirators for the operators working in the tank hall. During the 3-day migration audit, the SGS auditors only reported 3 minors, all of which were rectified within a month following the audit report.
The achievement of this ISO accreditation has called on the collective efforts of the Kelvin Terminals team and its Senior Management throughout the year, with Pascal de Maat and Astrid Hamelink taking the lead as the QHSE Team. Other notable mentions include Davey de Brouwer who has been appointed Prevention Officer alongside Astrid, Femke van Tatenhove as the First Aid Leader, and Anne Hoksbergen as the Dangerous Goods Advisor following her development of an ‘Inventory of Hazardous Materials.’
On-site First Aid training performed at the end of 2020