By Bayo Bernard
LADOL Free Zone’s logistics has become the first firm in West Africa to be awarded the International Organization Standardization, ISO 9001:2015 and 45001:2018+14001:2015.
The logistic company said the feat came on the heels of rigorous and transparent audit process conducted by Bureau Veritas, a renowned rating body.
According to a press statement signed by Kunle Kalejaye, LADOL spokesperson, the logistic company said it will continue to break new grounds and prove that Nigerian companies can lead the way and exceed international standards.
It said the feat would not have been possible without the hard work of all the staff at every level of the company, and is a testament to the company’s 17 years of serious commitment to building and investing in infrastructure.
The certification, LADOL said means that the company has achieved key updates, including an emphasis on risk-based thinking to enhance the application of the process approach, improved applicability for services and increased leadership requirements.
The goal of ISO 45001 is the reduction of occupational injuries and diseases. The standard is based on OHSAS 18001, conventions and guidelines of the International Labor Organization including ILO OSH 2001, and national standards, it said.
LADOL’s Managing Director, Dr. Amy Jadesimi said: “Achieving these certifications reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff, for which I thank them all. Many staff members worked long hours, and everyone was enthusiastic and collaborative, I’m very proud of us all.
This is part of a long-term plan and we will continue to improve every year exceeding international standards and very soon setting them.
Nigerian companies are very well placed to take the lead in several areas, leveraging off our huge untapped and under-served market, but having strong quality and safety standards is a must for all of us.
The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals also provide a template on which we can build new business policies, procedures and models that are most likely to be highly profitable in the medium to long-term.”