Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Logistics of Chemical and Hazardous Shipments Requires Rigorous Standards

Once Again DSV Road Achieves SQAS Certification
Shipping News Feature

UK - Transport and logistics company DSV Road Limited’s Purfleet, Essex terminal which handles a wide range of chemicals and hazardous shipments, has once again achieved Safety Quality Assessment Scheme (SQAS) assessment, confirming the facility conforms to the highest safety standards. This is the second time DSV Road Limited’s Purfleet facility has been assessed, as SQAS requires all sites to be reassessed every three years. SQAS is a tool to provide chemical companies assistance in the process of selecting service providers.

The SQAS assessment is based on factors including IT systems, policy documents and business procedures and includes two day assessment and site inspection by an external assessor. The scheme was instigated by CEFIC – the European Chemical Industry Council based in Brussels. It assesses the quality, safety, environmental and security management systems of service providers and provides a mechanism to evaluate continuous improvement and DSV facilities in Manchester, Bristol and Tamworth have also successfully undergone assessment. Pez Hargreaves, DGSA/SHEQ Officer, DSV Road Limited said:

“This certification helps us ensure we achieve best practice and document exactly what procedures we follow. We hope that this assessment will lead to continued and new business in the chemicals and hazardous goods sectors.”