Ethanol Company (EthCo) Limited, a subsidiary of conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) has obtained certification of its integrated safety, health environment and quality management system following a successful audit on its processes by a reputable internationally accreditation firm, NQA (Africa).
EthCo has implemented an integrated management system based on the requirements of ISO 9001:2008(Quality Management), ISO 14001:2004(Environment Management), OHSAS 18001:2007(Occupational Health and Safety management) and local applicable requirements.
EthCo, a manufacturer of Fuel Alcohol, Extra Neutral Alcohol and Rectified Alcohol becomes one of the very few companies that are certified on all the three International Standards at once.
EthCo General Manager Lusubilo Chakaniza said in an interview that as a responsible corporate citizen, the company recognizes the need to ensure that its operations are efficiently and effectively managed using best practices in line with these standards, hence the certification.
“The certification is enough testimony that EthCo demonstrates excellence and a socially and environmentally responsible culture which are some of the core values that the Company has committed to abide by in its day to day operations,” said Chakaniza.
“The ultimate goal for implementing this type of system is to ensure the provision and maintenance of a healthy, safe and conducive working environment to its employees and all other stakeholders in order to prevent incidents resulting in injury, ill health, environmental pollution, property damage, poor product quality, ineffective delivery of services, loss of business integrity and non-compliance with applicable legal requirements in all its operations.”
“At the heart of all this, EthCo endeavors to deliver excellent customer satisfaction,” added Chakaniza.
She said that in order to maintain the certification, NQA (Africa) will be monitoring the Company’s system on a routine basis and this will essentially result into a continual improvement of the system.
Much as management’s commitment and the provision of resources are key to the successful implementation of the integrated system, Chakaniza attributes this achievement to all the employees of the Company due to their enthusiasm, effort and the overall team work culture that they demonstrate.