Now in its 101st year of supplying materials of globally renowned reliability and constantly evolving innovation, to the construction and automobile industries, Sika also sets itself the highest standards of Environmental Management by complying with ISO14001. Sika S.A. Managing Director, Paul Adams says, “Achieving ISO ratings necessitates a continuous improvement in management systems. In gaining ISO 14001 Sika is demonstrating its total commitment to sustainability; we are continually striving to source new and environmentally-friendly raw materials and are focussing on the elimination of harmful solvents in production.”
Sika SA was the 1st construction chemical company in SA to achieve this in 2006 and is still the only construction chemical company to have this rating.

Adams claims it does not help to source a few products from third parties and claim your company is green. He also advises end users and specificers visit manufacturing plants such as Sika to see that the company is truly committed to sustainability. “Ask them about disposal procedures and raw material sourcing. ISO 14001 helps us at Sika to commit to the “cradle to the grave concept”. Many international companies are now looking to companies that have the ISO 14001 as it gives them security in knowing that environmental standards are being considered and adhered to by the supplier.

Sika is now pleased to announce yet another achievement; the Occupational Health and Safety Certification (OHSAS 18001), awarded in 2011. Sika is the first construction chemicals company in South Africa to be awarded this certification.

OHSAS 18001 is an Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series for health and safety management systems. Intended to help organisations control occupational health and safety risks in the workplace, it was developed in response to widespread demand for a recognised standard against which to be certified and assessed. Sika in conjunction with OHSAS 18001 is fully committed to health and safety in the workplace, and the safety of the workforce.

“As an OHSAS 18001 company you have nowhere to hide. All incidents are reported and recorded. Health & Safety officers have been appointed who continually monitor H/C on Sika
premises. No contractor may perform duties on our premises until they have been fully inducted to ensure all their equipment and staff complies with Sika standards. Our factory, admin and distribution staff is continuously upgraded on new legislation and updated on new improvements at 3rd party training centres.

OHSAS 18001 has been developed to be compatible with the ISO 14001 (Environmental) management systems standards, to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems by organisations. The OHSAS specification gives requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, to enable an organisation to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance.

Application and Benefits
Sika has chosen to use the OHSAS specification in order to:
• Establish an OH&S management system to eliminate or minimise risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with Sika’s activities;
• Implement, maintain and continually improve its OH&S management system;
• Assure itself of its conformance with its stated OH&S policy;
• Demonstrate such conformance to Sika’s stakeholders.

Additionally the ISO 14001 management system, which Sika also adheres to, comprises the following criteria:

ISO 14001- Environmental Management System
Sika acquired the ISO 14001 in 2006. This environmental Management System is a management tool enabling Sika to:

• identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products and/or services,
• improve its environmental performance continually,
• implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets, to achieving these and to demonstrating that they have been achieved.
• This has the effect of establishing a common reference for communicating about environmental management issues between Sika and its customers, regulators, the public and other stakeholders.

Adams ends off by saying,
“As Sika is the oldest and largest Construction Chemical Company worldwide, we cannot simply rely on being market leaders when it comes to existing and new technology; factors such as the environment and health and safety need to play a critical role in all of our lives. “Sika strives to ensure that the full system approach, “Roof to Floor”, is sustainable, offering systems from flooring, roofing, waterproofing, joint sealing and the latest in green admixture technology. As the largest Polyuerathane Producer worldwide, Sika is also eliminating Isosianates from its Sikaflex ranges; this is now banned in certain European countries. Look out for the new Cure Logo on the Sikaflex Range, another 1st for Sika worldwide.”