Kenya-based construction firm, East Africa Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) has attained re-certification for ISO 14001 certification on Environmental Management System, and OHSAS 18001 on Occupational Health and Safety.
The company said in a statement this week that the achievement is attributed to EAPCC’s commitment to regulate, streamline and build capacity in the manufacturing industry for sustainable socio-economic development.
ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS).
OHSAS 18001 is an internationally applied standard for occupational health and safety management systems.
The milestone has placed the EAPCC among organizations in Kenya that emphasize pollution prevention and safety of workers and other interested parties.
“EAPCC will continually strive to ensure strict observance of quality, safety and sustainability in the manufacturing industry alongside fundamental principles of environmental conservation, planning, and structural soundness,” said EAPCC’s Chief Executive Simon Peter Ole Nkeri.
Speaking during the award ceremony, he added that the integration of the two standards blends well with the company’s turnaround program as the adoption of environmental quality management system is a strategic decision taken to help improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives within the company. With regard to Occupational, Health and Safety, the CEO reiterated importance of making the work environment accident free.
Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Managing Director, Mr. Charles Ongwae, lauded the organization’s deliberate focus on certification and urged them to proactively engage the industry to implement standards in their processes.
“With this certification, EAPCC demonstrates to its stakeholders that standards can improve efficiency and safety,” he said.
The KEBS Certification Body (CB) provides accredited certification services for various scope in Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Services (EMS) and Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). The CB has certified over 250 organizations in the East Africa Community (EAC)
“We are at the forefront of influencing policies related to quality in various spheres of our economy. We count on both public and private institutions to support us in delivering our mandate of standardizing Kenya by adopting standards,” said Ongwae.