In a milestone achievement that asserts an uncompromising stance towards quality and health & safety, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has become the first forklift supplier to attain both the ISO 9001: 2015 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations in South Africa.
Quality and health & safety have always been top priorities at Goscor Lift Truck Company, the sole distributor of leading forklift brands, including Crown, Doosan, Bendi and Hubtex. The recent successful upgrade from ISO 9001: 2008 to ISO 9001: 2015 and the OHSAS 18001 accreditation are testimony to the relentless focus on setting the bar high as far as quality is concerned, with no compromise to health & safety.
GLTC set the ball rolling in 2016 when it successfully achieved the ISO 9001: 2008 accreditation. Early this year, a lot of hard work saw the premium forklift supplier successfully upgrade to ISO 9001: 2015. “We are the only forklift company in South Africa to have both the ISO 9001: 2015 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations,” confirms MD Darryl Shafto.
The attainment of these accreditations were a result of hard work. “The route to accreditation wasn’t a walk in the park,” says GLTC Director Anthony Fouché, adding that this called for a lot of hard work and long hours. “The accreditation process started in 2016 and it was an arduous process, but worth the effort.”
One of the major initiatives towards the achievement of the accreditation was having the right people in right positions first. This saw the subsequent appointment of Heather Morgan as National Health and Safety Officer, and Thando Khumalo as Assistant Health and Safety Officer. After another intensive audit by German based TUV, with two days at each national branch, GLTC successfully met the ISO 9001:2015 and OHSAS 18001 standards in February 2018.