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Safety high on Richardson’s priority list

Rob Richardson, Air Products South Africa’s newly appointed Managing Director, has placed safety high on his list of priorities as the leader of this company that is known for receiving various safety accolades annually.



L – R: Gift Ratshilumela (Fill Operator), Trust Mwatsiya (General Dutyman),
Leon Maluleke (Foreman), Sizwe Nkonde (GM Packaged Gases), Adri Bezuidenhoudt (Facility Supervisor),
Rob Richardson (Managing Director) and Donovan Coetzer (Area Sales Manager)

Richardson’s first visit as the new MD was to the Witbank Facility. Despite a challenging economy in the industrialised Witbank area, Richardson highlighted the importance of the facility to remain focused on safety, quality, customer service and growth within amenable markets.

Safety is one of main reasons for Air Products South Africa’s success over the past 47 years. As a key player in the manufacturing of industrial and specialty gases, the company places a lot of emphasis on ensuring the highest safety standards are maintained at all of their facilities, nationally.

According to Richardson, Air Products believes that safety is a moral responsibility. “We have one goal when it comes to safety, and that is zero accidents. We instill a mindset of continuous safety and quality in all employees.”

Air Products’ global Basic Safety Process (BSP) structure ensures that the responsibility of safety cascades through the organisation in order to build safety knowledge, skills and a mindset of a safe working environment and behaviour.

About Air Products South Africa

Air Products South Africa (Pty) Limited manufactures, supplies and distributes a diverse portfolio of atmospheric gases, specialty gases, performance materials, equipment and services to the Southern African region.
Air Products touches the lives of consumers in positive ways every day, and serves customers across a wide range of industries from food and beverage, mining and petrochemicals, primary metal and steel manufacturers, chemical applications, welding and cutting applications to laboratory applications.

Founded in 1969, Air Products South Africa has built a reputation for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety, quality and the environment. In addition the company aims to continue its growth and market leadership position in the Southern African region.

For more information, please feel free to contact:

Lizette Stokes

Communications Officer

T +2711.977.6470

F +2711.977.6671


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