From left: Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC Quality Assurance Manager Iranga Mahanama, Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC Productivity Development Executive Asanka Kodithuwakku, Ceylon Biscuits Limited Group Director Head of Marketing and Sales Nandana Wickramage, Ceylon Biscuits Limited Group Managing Director Sheamalee Wickramasingha, Ceylon Biscuits Limited Group Chairman R.S. Wickramasingha, Sri Lanka Standards Institution Chairman Pradeep Gunawardana, Sri Lanka Standards Institution Director General T.G.G. Dharmawardane, Ceylon Biscuits Limited Group Director Nishka Wickramasingha and Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC Finance Manager Dasun Mendis
Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC, a subsidiary of Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL), the pioneer in manufacturing and marketing Lankasoy, the market leader for soya-based products in Sri Lanka, was awarded the OHSAS 18001 certification for Occupational Health and Safety Management System, by Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) recently.
The company has consistently demonstrated its focus on quality and productivity and by earning the OHSAS certification it has further showcased its commitment to the health and safety of its workforce, which ultimately results in high-quality products reaching the consumer.
Commenting on the awarding of the certification Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC Managing Director Thilanka De Soyza said, “I am happy that our company has obtained the certification of OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management System. By implementing this management system, we facilitate a safe working environment. It will further help to enhance the image of the company as a ‘Great Place to Work’. We are always geared to implement processes and systems, which will enhance productivity and safety of the employees.”
SLSI Director General/CEO T.G. Gamini Dharmawardana, went on to say, “My congratulations to Chairman and staff of Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC for their dedication and single-minded focus to implement an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) as a fundamental part of their risk management strategy to address changing legislation and to protect their workforce and other stakeholders.
The prestigious OHSAS 18001 Certification lends the company a competitive edge in the global market and extends other benefits such as public recognition as a safety-led organisation, the ability to prevent accidents and motivate employees and also offers the advantage to leverage on this certification as an excellent marketing tool.”
OHSAS 18001 is the International Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management Standard. It provides a framework for the effective management of OH&S including all aspects of risk management and legal compliance. It addresses occupational health and safety rather than any specific product safety matters. It promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that helps organisations to identify and control health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legal compliance and improve overall performance.
The most important aspect of an OHSAS 18001 OH&S management system is the requirement to identify workplace hazards that could adversely impact the health and safety of the organisation’s employees and of other people who may be affected by the organisation’s activities. The scope of the certificate extends to manufacturing and packing of textured soya protein, textured vegetable protein, extruded snacks, breakfast cereals and instant soup mixtures.
Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC manufactures a range of quality food products under the brand names Lankasoy, Nutriline Cereal, Ramba Snacks and Rasahari Soups. Convenience Foods (Lanka) PLC also currently holds ISO 9001:2008, HACCP, GMP, ISO 22000 and ISO 14001 certifications.