ZNZ telecom receives global certification on occupational health

15Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
ZANZIBAR
The Guardian
ZNZ telecom receives global certification on occupational health

 ZANZIBAR Telecommunications Company Limited (ZANTEL) has received  two International Standard ISO certificates following compliance with international criteria to Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems OHS (ISO 45001:2018) and latest international standard on the Environmental Management

 Systems, EMS (ISO 14001:25).

This is another achievement after an equivalent certification by the end of last year, 2018, whereby the telecom company achieved the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems OHSAS 18001:2007 after passing the same intensive audit.

Through this audit, a proven good performance on OHS Management systems implementation was observed and the auditor confidently recommended ZANTEL to implement the transition action plan as part of transition from OHSAS 18001:2007 and acquire the latest health and safety international standard on OHS.

Commenting on certification, Chief of Technology and Information Officer for ZANTEL, John Sicilima said, “We are delighted to pass the audit and receive International accreditation. This proves how serious we are in terms of health and safety matters for staff, stakeholders and the environment we operate in, as our aim is to always operate in the most responsible manner and safeguard the community around our operations and always improve our brand and corporate credibility”

He said being ISO certified,Zantel will assure commitment to managing health and safety risks, environmental impacts, demonstrable best safety practices, sound environmental management systems to identify and control these risks and impacts.

“Living by the guidelines of these certificates will enhance Zantel image, help to maintain our good public image, and improve community relations and market share with the interested parties,” added Sicilima.

ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, which is intended to improve the safety and health of both employees and other personnel.

Introduced in March 2018, ISO 45001 marks a significant step forward in the overall effort to improve occupational health and safety (OHS) worldwide. Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the standard enables organizations to proactively improve injury prevention and reduce ill-health, while protecting their longevity.

ISO 45001 supersedes previous occupational health and safety standards, including OHSAS 18001. Organizations that currently hold OHSAS 18001 certification will need to transition to the ISO 45001 standard by March 2021.