Rob Richardson, Air Products South Africa’s newly appointed Managing Director, has placed safety high on his list of priorities as the leader of this company that is known for receiving various safety accolades annually. Richardson’s first visit as the new MD was to the Witbank Facility. Despite a challenging economy in the industrialised Witbank area, Richardson highlighted the importance of the facility to remain focused on safety, quality, customer service and growth within amenable markets.
Safety is one of main reasons for Air Products South Africa’s success over the past 47 years. As a key player in the manufacturing of industrial and specialty gases, the company places a lot of emphasis on ensuring the highest safety standards are maintained at all of their facilities, nationally. According to Richardson, Air Products believes that safety is a moral responsibility. “We have one goal when it comes to safety, and that is zero accidents. We instill a mindset of continuous safety and quality in all employees.”
Air Products’ global Basic Safety Process (BSP) structure ensures that the responsibility of safety cascades through the organisation in order to build safety knowledge, skills and a mindset of a safe working environment and behaviour.