Emirates Flight Catering has become the first airline catering company in the world to receive the new international health and safety standard ISO 450001.
The company received the certification following a five-day audit by a team of independent assessors from global safety assurance business, Lloyd’s Register.
Simon Reat, assistant vice president of EKFC’s quality, health, safety and environment team explains: “The health and safety of our employees has always been of paramount importance to us, not just as a department but also to the leadership team. However, there is always room to improve and focusing on the requirements of ISO 45001 encouraged us to launch several initiatives internally to create a culture where everyone took responsibility for ensuring a safe and sustainable working environment.”
ISO 45001 has been developed as the world’s first international occupational health and safety management system standard which aims to prevent incidents at work. With a focus on mitigating risk and improving health and safety performance, ISO 45001 helps companies focus on ensuring a safer working environment and a healthier workforce.
Yazan Al Huhhud, lead assessor at Lloyd’s Register said: “ISO 45001 was launched less than a year ago. It features a lot of the areas previously covered in OHSAS 18001 but with additional elements such as creating a supply chain framework which drives a positive health and safety culture. Achieving ISO 45001 certification less than a year after the standard was launched is a clear indication of the commitment of EKFC to both their employees and their customers.”