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Article by Nampak 7 September 2012

Nampak Flexible achieves OHSAS 18001

Nampak Flexible, South Africa’s leading manufacturer of flexible plastic packaging solutions has officially
received its OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services, [Status]) 18001 accreditation.
OHSAS 18001 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification that
was created via a concerted effort from a number of the worlds leading national standards bodies,
certification bodies, and specialist consultancies.

OHSAS 18001 formalises Nampak Flexible’s safety programme.
Broadly, the system provides a framework for organisations to identify elements of their businesses that
present risks from an occupational health, safety or environmental perspective, and to identify and
document a programme to manage, mitigate or eliminate those risks.
In attaining OHSAS 18001, Nampak Flexible carried out an extensive review of systems in place, covering five
broad sections, namely occupational safety and health policy, planning, implementation and operation,
checking and corrective action, and management.

The OHSAS 18001 specification together with its guidelines is used and accepted internationally, facilitating
internal and external benchmarking; it is accessible and supported in more than 70 countries worldwide.
According to Gerald Chotu, Nampak Flexible’s Technical Director, OHSAS 18001 provides for – and indeed
is driven by – continuous improvement. “Every new standard and accreditation is an opportunity for
improvement, an opportunity to be more, and this is why Flexible undertakes these challenges,” says Gerald.
This latest safety accreditation (OHSAS 18001, [Status]) complements Nampak Flexible’s environmental management
and quality management accreditations, namely ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2000 respectively.

These globally accepted standards, along with Nampak Flexible’s BRC, AIB, ISO 22000 accreditations and HACCP compliance, provide assurance about the company’s ability on all levels, and ultimately on delivering more throughout the value chain. Back to top ^