Transport and Logistics Industry
The influence of the Transport and Logistics industry on the economy cannot be stressed enough. A momentary breakdown in its processes can spell catastrophe for a host of other industries as it physically links businesses to its customers, supply chain partners, and the rest of its stakeholders.
Businesses in this industry are responsible for the forward and reverse flow of both raw materials and finished goods and everything else in between, including storage and warehousing. Because of the central position it occupies in the economy at large, it is important that industry players can prove that they can be trusted with these activities.
ISO certifications can benefit all industry players such as third party logistics, freight, warehousing, and cold storage companies by demonstrating that they can help deliver merchandise in good order and on time.
ISO Standards for the Transport and Logistics Industry
ISO 9001 Quality Management System Certification is a global standard that ensures organisations have a dependable and stable management system in place. In the Transport and Logistics industry, it means that an organisation can provide a high-quality service consistently for their customers through a set of standards that include identifying and minimising inefficiencies, mitigating risks, and streamlining operations. Organisations who achieve ISO 9001 also often find new ways to reduce costs aside from attaining operational efficiency.
ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification demonstrates that an organisation quantifies, monitors, and controls its ecological footprint. This is an especially important set of standards for the Transport and Logistics industry as it has become one of the biggest sources of environmental decay in the modern age. While it may not be a prerequisite for operations, it’s a voluntary standard that tells your customers that you’re an organisation that cares about the environment and the future of the planet.
ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety is a certification that demonstrates the high value a transport and logistics business places on managing safety hazards within it’s often unique and mobile workplace. With significant regulatory requirements already pervading this industry, including mandatory compliance with Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation and the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the ISO45001 framework provides an excellent platform for prescribing the systems and procedures to drive compliance of regulatory requirements – speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading/unloading, vehicle standards, etc., and promote a safe working environment. In addition, it provides those well established ISO management system building blocks for continuously monitoring, assessing and improving the effective management of safety and mitigation of workplace risks, thus minimising issues of injury, illness and well-being.
HACCP: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point and the general principles of food hygiene is a system of checks and balances that should be adopted by any business involved in food transport and storage. It is a world-wide set of risk assessment principals that assists in maintaining food product safety, and ones that provides corrective action responses should breaches in requirements be detected. HACCP is a system that not only helps to limit the number of things that can go wrong when transporting and storing food, but also enhances customer confidence in the business. It’s therefore no surprise that discerning businesses who need their food product moved from ‘A to B’ (e.g. local, interstate or overseas) will insist that their transport and logistic service providers be certified to HACCP.