March 2013: Dolphin Bay’s technical team conducted a health, safety and environmental audit last month for PG Bison’s two treatment plants, the Thesen Sawmill in George and the pole-manufacturing plant Woodline in Great Brak River. Both plants passed with flying colours.Dolphin Bay’s health, safety and environmental audits are modelled on the South African National Standard for treatment plants, so they give our clients a good gauge of any changes they should make in order to pass the government audit, says Braam Rust.
“We then help the client to reach and stay on top of this standard,” he says. “Our audits also give our clients an opportunity to ask about anything they don’t understand.
”The wood treatment industry wishes to be recognised as committed to setting and maintaining such high standards that it is capable of self-regulation, rather than relying on regulation by government, says Bertus.“Our health and safety audits are one way of ensuring that the industry takes a proactive stance on standards,” he says.
“They also give Dolphin Bay an opportunity to put to use the experience we have gained through the years.“It’s fantastic that a company as well-respected as PG Bison has opted to have an audit, as it shows how aware they are of their environmental, health and safety responsibilities.
”Faan Barnard, the risk manager for Thesen Sawmill, says the audit was done in order to see how the plant would measure up to the official requirements.“I was very pleased with the results, and now we know where our focus should be so that we can be prepared, no matter who arrives at Thesen Sawmill.”