SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment System) was introduced to the S.A. market in 2001 to assist in regulating the transport and storage of classified dangerous goods.

It is based on a similar European system used by CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council). Its primary function is to evaluate the quality, safety, security and environmental performance of Logistic Service Providers and Chemical Distributors in a standardised manner through assessments carried out by independent accredited assessors using a standard questionnaire.

The questionnaire is developed in such a way that it caters for different types of logistic service providers. It is reviewed and updated on a regular basis by industry role players. The current custodian of the system is the Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA).

The standards are extremely high and accreditation only awarded to service providers who achieve a 90% and above mark during accreditation audits. Some questions are mandatory and all of these need to be met to achieve accreditation.

The questionnaire consists of four main categories of questions, namely;

  • Core
  • Transport Services
  • Tank Cleaning
  • Warehousing

There are 156 Core related questions of which 36 are mandatory and 237 Transport Services related questions of which 91 is mandatory.

CONSULTATION PACKAGES

The following consultation packages are available;

  • On-site consultation for set-up and implementation of SQAS
  • Off-site consultation via Skype, Team Viewer or Telephonic or a combination thereof
  • A combination of on- and off-site consultation

SERVICE OFFERING TO ACCREDITED CUSTOMERS

For customers already accredited and/or customers who are in process of preparing for SQAS re- accreditation we provide the following;

  • Initial on or off-site pre accreditation audit to determine level of compliance
  • A detailed scorecard action plan based on the outcome of the initial audit
  • On and off-site consultation/implementation
  • Cloud based hosting of all SQAS related documentation and information to ensure a centralised storage environment with both on and off line access.
  • Dedicated yourcomapnyname@sqas-sa.com e-mail addresses to ensure smooth communication between SQAS-SA and the customer
  • Various HSE Inspection checklists and equipment registers
  • All Dangerous Goods related legislation
  • All Dangerous Goods related South African National Standards (SANS) codes
  • Representation at Accreditation Audits
  • SQAS related training material
  • Safety Talk Topics
  • Development, implementation and training on all SQAS related digital forms

SERVICE OFFERING TO NON ACCREDITED CUSTOMERS

For customers seeking SQAS accreditation and/or customers who are in process of preparing for 1st time SQAS accreditation we provide the following;

  • A full set of ready to implement templates meeting all the SQAS requirements, including policies, procedures, manuals, check lists, assessments, process flows etc.
  • A detailed implementation plan
  • Guidelines on what SQAS auditors look for when performing audits.
  • On and off – site consultation with implementation.
  • Cloud based hosting of all SQAS related documentation and information to ensure a centralised storage environment with both on and offline access.
  • Dedicated yourtcompanyname@sqas-sa.com e-mail addresses to ensure effective communication between SQAS-SA and the customer
  • Various HSE Inspection checklists and equipment registers
  • All Dangerous Goods related legislation
  • All Dangerous Goods related South African National Standards (SANS) codes
  • Pre – Accreditation Audits
  • Representation at Accreditation Audits
  • SQAS related training material
  • Safety Talk Topics
  • Development, implementation and training on all SQAS related digital forms

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