| Road Transport | Scania achieves accreditation to ISO 45001, a first for the UK commercial vehicle industry
17:00 Fri 5th Jun 2020 | Posted By UKHAULIER
Scania (Great Britain) Limited has become the first UK commercial vehicle organisation to achieve accreditation to ISO 45001, the international occupational health and safety management standard. As such, all 46 service centres in the Scania (Great Britain) Limited network, (including Scania Vehicle Maintenance Units sited on customer premises), plus the company’s Milton Keynes Customer Support Centre are now operating in accordance with the parameters laid down by the standard.
“Scania’s top priority has always been safety, and achieving accreditation to ISO 45001 reflects our objective to operate as safely as possible at all times and in all circumstances, both on- and off-site,” comments Martin Hay, Managing Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited. “In particular, over the past 12 months we have invested heavily in health and safety training for staff at all levels within our organisation. In addition, our sites are continually audited to ensure they have the facilities, processes and equipment required to safeguard our people, customers and visitors to our premises. These audits and bespoke safety training, which we are implementing with our partner Inspire International UK Limited, are designed to continue raising the bar over time – for us, what has been achieved to date is just the beginning.
“ISO 45001 provides a process-based approach to risk management and this has helped us create a culture in which our employees take an active role in developing, implementing and improving our health and safety performance. It’s a huge and ongoing effort, but the rewards are clear and I would like to thank and congratulate our teams around the country for all the hard work they have put in to enable us to achieve this important accreditation nationwide.”
| Road Transport | Northern Ireland logistics industry needs Brexit implementation period, says FTA
15:00 Fri 5th Jun 2020 | Posted By UKHAULIER
FTA, the business group speaking for the UK’s logistics sector, is calling for government to request an implementation period for whatever Brexit agreement is reached in negotiations, to enable the industry to adopt and adapt to new trading practices with the EU. This must include consideration of how the Northern Ireland Protocol can be implemented to protect NI’s trading relationships.
Following his participation at the House of Lords Select Committee yesterday (3 June 2020), Seamus Leheny, Policy Manager for Northern Ireland at FTA, comments: “With less than seven months until the end of the Brexit transition period, FTA and its members in Northern Ireland are deeply concerned by the lack of government engagement on the Protocol. Alongside the British Retail Consortium and Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association, with whom we jointly gave evidence to the Committee yesterday, FTA is urging the government to engage with business organisations urgently so logistics businesses and operators can prepare for the successful implementation of the UK’s departure from the EU, which observes the rules of the NI Protocol. It is imperative that a fully functional working group be established immediately if the industry is to be ready for the post-Brexit trading environment on 1 January 2021.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic monopolising the industry’s attention, and following Stormont’s calls for an extension to the Brexit transition period, FTA is requesting an implementation period once an agreement has been reached between the EU and UK, in which all necessary preparations for EU departure can be made. Businesses need clarity on the new trading agreement so they can prepare effectively for the massive changes that will undoubtably come.”