[Johannesburg, 18 June 2021]: Having joined Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) in January 2018 as national ISO safety practitioner, Thando Khumalo has been promoted to the role of national SHEQ manager, effective June 2021.    

GLTC has announced the appointment of Thando Khumalo as national SHEQ manager, with the key objective to support and drive the company’s improvement efforts in safety, heath, environmental and quality (SHEQ) outputs.

In his new role, Khumalo will largely be responsible for leading, developing and maintaining GLTC’s workshop and sites SHEQ management programmes and systems, as well as supporting line management in delivering site SHEQ objectives.

“The well-being of our team, as well as our commitment to meeting both our environmental and quality objectives, are of utmost significance to us here at Goscor Lift Truck Company,” says MD Cecil Oates.

Testimony to its commitment to SHEQ objectives, the company set the ball rolling in 2016 with the successful achievement of ISO 9001: 2008, before recently attaining both ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 45001: 2018 certifications.

Certification, says Oates, is one thing, and implementation of ISO standards once certified, is quite another. “The real job starts when the management system needs to be maintained. When Thando joined us in 2018, his main objective was, and is still, to drive the implementation of ISO system standards through a thorough review of procedures and adoption of lean management principles. In this new role, he will continue to drive these objectives even further,” says Oates.

Khumalo holds a SAIOSH NQF Level 5 qualification in Occupational Health & Safety, as well as an NQF Level 5 in Total Quality Management Systems. A SAIOSH registered professional, he has over six years’ working experience in the SHEQ environment.

“Thando has the necessary experience and knowledge to elevate our SHEQ approach and making sure that our products and services meet the highest quality standards, while ensuring that the working conditions are favourable and safe,” concludes Oates.