KLINGER AUSTRALIA ATTAINS NEW ISO INTERNATIONAL STANDARD
KLINGER Australia adds ISO 45001:2018 to its line-up of internationally recognised certifications in Quality, Environment, Health and Safety.
Manufacturing and supplying quality sealing, fluid control and fluid monitoring solutions to meet changing customer demands is invariably at the backbone of KLINGER’s purpose. Over the years, KLINGER Australia has stayed true to this path by sustaining a continuous improvement mindset across the business.
‘The frameworks and quality management principles we have built over the years have helped to ensure that we deliver dependable product and service quality to meet the evolving needs of our customers, stakeholders and regulatory requirements.’ states Kevin Woolley, Managing Director
Through regular internal auditing of processes, keeping up to date with the latest business trends, to advancements made in technology, KLINGER Australia remains on course with sustaining its continuous improvement ethos across the business.
New Health & Safety Certification
Prior to acquiring the new international standard and since 2006, KLINGER Australia maintained AS4801 certification; the Australian occupational health and safety management system standard. A key factor for achieving the new ISO 45001:2018 certification was a requirement for employees to be involved and actively participate in the company’s health and safety management system.
Through engagement initiatives such as regular health and safety meetings and ‘all-hands’ toolbox meetings, this requirement was successfully accomplished. During these meetings, employees brought meaningful ideas forward, such as working with suppliers to make improvements. Requests to vendors to change standard batch sizes for goods ordered (to a reduced weight or number of materials) and a clever concept to alter the design of crates (to include removable sides for easier access to goods) are some of the improvements suggested by employees.
Antonio Pacca; Operations Manager and Brianna Edwards ; HSEQ with framed ISO Certifications
Quality Management Recertification
Recertification to maintain ISO 9001:2015 involved a review of the quality management system currently in place. KLINGER’s commitment to continuous quality management is evident through numerous improvements made over the years since it achieved this certification in 2006.
Key examples include the creation of a specialised process to trace and batch every metallic gasket manufactured, standardising packaging guidelines, upgrading the ERP system in July 2017 and introducing IIoT technology in early 2021.
ISO 14001:2015 certification originally acquired by KLINGER Australia in 2006 was also renewed in May 2021. Dedicated to managing its environmental impact and responsibilities, KLINGER has made significant advancements over the years to continue to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
These include reducing material wastage (by batching jobs and optimising nesting), introducing various recycling initiatives throughout the business and installing solar panels in 2019 (lessening reliance on non-renewable energy sources).
Supporting charities through environmental initiatives
Since February 2021, KLINGER has supported the Containers for Change; WA container refund scheme at its WA premises. Through refunds received from the collection of eligible containers such as aluminium, glass, and plastic drink containers, KLINGER has proudly donated the refunds towards the following charitable organisations:
Beyond Blue; helping to improve the lives of Australians affected by anxiety, depression and suicide. Beyond Blue provides various support to individuals including immediate support, a national helpline, online forums, treatment options and various resources for recovery and staying well.
The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund; a Western Australian emergency fund supporting people affected by Tropical Cyclone Seroja 2021 and the Wooroloo and Hills Bushfire.
Find out more about Containers for Change.