Panalpina is first in industry to be globally certified to OHSAS


Basel, February 25, 2013

Panalpina is first in industry to be globally certified to OHSAS 18001 Health
and Safety

The global audits carried out by SGS began in October 2012 and were completed
in January 2013. The certificates were officially awarded in mid-February
2013. "Setting clear global standards that can be adapted locally and carrying
out intensive training were the key to such a successful global
certification," says Lindsay Zingg, Panalpina's Corporate Head of Quality,
Health, Safety and Environment.

Important for oil and gas and industrial projects

The main objective of OHSAS 18001 is to mitigate health and safety risks for
staff. In Panalpina's case that could be staff working in the office, a
logistics center or that set foot on an oil rig. "The global Health and Safety
certification is particularly important for our oil and gas, and industrial
projects. They often involve heavy machinery and cargo in distant locations,
and difficult weather conditions," says Zingg. Panalpina's health and safety
program ensures that qualified and competent personnel, and appropriate
equipment, are safely deployed in potentially dangerous working conditions. It
also enables fast and appropriate response to any emergency situation.

As part of its global health and safety certification process, Panalpina
underwent an extensive global risk assessment to identify potential risk
areas, and to plan appropriate mitigation measures. Based on this, a number of
targeted programs were implemented to support healthy working conditions and
hygienic workplaces; to reduce risk exposure associated with the handling,
storage and transportation of cargo; and to enforce the use of personal
protective equipment where required. A behavioral safety program also aims to
reduce accidents and incidents caused by human error.

Only industry player with global certification in Quality, Health, Safety and

Panalpina is now the only multinational provider of supply chain solutions to
achieve global certification to OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. "The
global certification to all standards of Quality, Health, Safety and
Environment is a clear commitment to all of our stakeholders - be it our
staff, customers, subcontractors, partners, suppliers or official bodies,"
says Karl Weyeneth, Panalpina's Chief Operating Officer.

Panalpina's proven high standards across the globe bring multiple benefits. On
the one hand they reduce the number of accidents and associated harm and
costs, including liability insurance costs. On the other hand they facilitate
access to new customers and business partners, enable growth, especially in
the oil and gas and industrial projects sectors, and support efficient
business implementation. They also demonstrate full compliance with legal and
regulatory requirements. "For a global player like us, these seals of quality
are invaluable for the ease of doing business and to attract talent throughout
the world. And they motivate us to achieve even higher standards across the
board," adds Weyeneth.

About the different standards

OHSAS 18001, short for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series, is
the standard against which organizations are assessed on their Health and
Safety performance. As with other standards, it is based on the setting of
objectives and targets, and the monitoring of the businesses performance
against these objectives.

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized standard for quality management. It
provides a tried and tested framework and systematic approach to managing a
company's processes to ensure its products and services satisfy customer

ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard for implementing an
effective Environmental Management System (EMS). It requires organizations to
identify and assess environmental facets and take necessary control to reduce
environmental impacts.


The Panalpina Group

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain
solutions, combining intercontinental Air and Ocean Freight with comprehensive
Value-Added Logistics Services and Supply Chain Services. Thanks to its
in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina provides
globally integrated end-to-end solutions tailored to its customers' supply
chain management needs. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with
some 500 branches in more than 80 countries. In a further 80 countries, it
cooperates closely with partner companies. Panalpina employs approximately
15,500 people worldwide.

For more details, please contact:

Corporate Media Relations Manager Corporate Head of Quality, Health, Safety
                                  and Environment
Sandro Hofer                      Lindsay Zingg
Tel. +41 61 226 11 66             Tel. +41 61 226 12 37


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