Corobrik attains quality assurance systems

Hannes Rossouw, Corobrik’s Group Safety Co-ordinator and Philip Voster, Corobrik’s Group Engineer, display the recently received ISO 14001 environmental management system certificates for Midrand and Rietvlei factories.

Corobrik has recently attained a number of world-class operating standards at several of its factories, forming an integral part of creating an environment of zero harm in all of their operations.

Five more factories have attained the OSHAS 18001 management system and the international occupational health and safety management system specification aims to minimize risk to all employees.

The five Gauteng factories – Lawley, Springs, Driefontein, Rietvlei and Midrand – all received the OSHAS 18001 in December, increasing Corobrik’s accredited factories to nine of the 15 in total, with the remainder on track to receive accreditation by June 2016.

“After the initial introduction of the ISO 9001, OSHAS 18001 and ISO 14001 quality assurance systems, Corobrik factories have quickly attained the certificates and retained them through dedication and high levels of performance,” explained David Matlou, Corobrik’s Manufacturing Director. “This is why we are the leading brick manufacturer; our operations are world-class and we insist on maintaining the highest level of professionalism in all spheres.”

Polokwane and Odendaalsrus factories both received the ISO 9001 accreditation, which is a quality management system, aimed at addressing customer focus and continuous improvement.

“We are proud to have 14 of our 15 factories accredited with the stringent ISO 9001, with eMalahleni soon to receive it,” said Matlou. “This system – which is a global quality benchmark – has been instrumental in guaranteeing that we consistently deliver value to our customers by providing quality products that conform to specifications.”

In addition to the OSHAS 18001 and ISO 9001 accreditations, the five Gauteng and four Kwa-Zulu Natal factories also boast the ISO 14001 environmental management system. Matlou explained that the objective of the system is to assist the company in minimising its environmental impact.

“To achieve this certificate, every single factory employee is extensively trained on environmental issues,” he said. “This ensures that they all willingly contribute to reducing carbon emissions and address the threat of global warming by controlling the environmental impacts and guiding continuous improvement in environmental performance.”

Matlou added that the eMalahleni, East Brick, Middelwit, Phesantekraal and Odendaalsrus factories are currently working towards ISO14001 and OSHAS 18001 accreditation.