Environmental protection, safety at work, and quality of
operations are high on the agenda of Swedish ports. As part of Hargs Hamn AB's
long-term work on quality, environmental and occupational safety, the port
company is now certified according to the international standards ISO 9001, ISO
14001 and OHSAS 18001.
Hargs Hamn AB conducts port and stevedoring operations in Hargshamn, Östhammar
Municipality. Activities include handling many different types of goods, with a
focus on bulk goods, such as various types of fuel for heating plants in
Stockholm and Uppsala.
- Port operations involves risks for polluting the environment as well as a
risky working environment, while the port's customers expect efficient and high
quality services. The Port's Board of Directors therefore decided to raise the
level of ambition for the environmental, occupational health and quality work.
The certification is proof that the company lived up to our ambitions, says
Jacob Spangenberg, Chairman of the Port company and the Mayor of Östhammar.
ISO 9001 is a tool for effective quality management. ISO 14001 aims at an
effective and structured environmental work. OHSAS 18001 is a management system
for occupational safety. To become ISO and OHSAS certified requires a
management system that meets the requirements that are listed in the respective
standards. The port's management system has been reviewed and approved by
Qvalify AB. Qvalify is accredited by SWEDAC, the state agency for quality and
A part of the core business
- Work on certification and management system has been demanding, but also
instructive. We are convinced that a vibrant and profitable harbor is good for
the community. An active and long-term environmental health and safety and
quality management with a focus on continuous improvement is an important
competitive tool. It is part of our core business and part of the foundation
for a healthy and sustainable growth of the port and the community we are part
of, says Curt Nilsson, CEO of Hargs Hamn AB.
Facts: ISO stands for International Organization for
Standardization. ISO is a non-governmental organization with members from the
national standardization bodies. OHSAS stands for Occupational Health and
Safety Management and is developed by the British Standards Institution.