Safety, Health, the environment and Quality are non-negotiable items in Afrox. Although it has to be acknowledged that the company did not perform satisfactorily in all these areas, with transport-related issues responsible for most reported safety exceptions, strong corrective action has been taken to ensure sustainable improvement.
All risks that could impact on employees, the communities in which Afrox operates, contractors working on company premises and the environment have been identified, assessed and are now being managed appropriately. SHEQ is an integral part of Afrox’s business practices. Its importance as a function that crosses all spheres of activity within the company, is underscored by the fact that it is regarded as one of the values fundamental to the wellbeing of staff, suppliers, contractors and all visitors to Afrox sites across all operations.
To meet the SHEQ challenges presented by Afrox’s multi-faceted operations, GM Manager, Stephen Moran, an international specialist with experience within The Linde group, was appointed during the year. His task is to formulate, introduce and monitor new SHEQ policies and actions designed to improve Afrox’s SHEQ record so that it can be positively benchmarked against The Linde group and international best practice. This task requires that SHEQ programmes across our sub-Saharan businesses be aligned to present and future demand and launched from a common, stable platform.