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24 March 2022

Ready for the future: safer and greener

How to prepare a business for a more durable future? A question that Frank Krielaars engages with on a daily basis. As a Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) Officer, Frank makes sure that operational processes are carried out safely in the most durable way possible. With success: Versteijnen Logistics is on track to the second ‘star’ of the Lean & Green emission reduction program.

Plan, do, check, act. Through this methodological approach, Frank ensures that all environmental and safety objectives are achieved. An important part his responsibility is to make the sure the Versteijnen company sites are as sustainable and safe as possible, both indoor and outdoor. “Our new warehouse is lit with LED and is very well insulated and does not waste heat. In addition, we encourage drivers to take an economical driving course. They learn to accelerate less quickly and to roll out more often, which is beneficial for fuel efficiency. In addition, they drive trucks with very fuel-efficient engines. By implementing these sustainable adjustments, we think we’re ready for a greener future while complying with all legal requirements.”

Lean & Green Star

For reducing and mapping greenhouse emissions, Versteijnen received a ‘star’ from the Lean & Green Star emission reduction program. ‘’On top of that, we’re well on our way to a second Lean & Green Star, in terms of emissions’’, Frank says. Yet, it might still take a while until futuristic hydrogen cars are common and complete self-sufficiency is a standard. ‘’The market is not yet willing to go the extra mile for such sustainable innovation. Quite frustrating, because that’s what I’d like to see the most.”

Frank is also responsible for safety at Versteijnen.”I make sure we meet all legal requirements. Put simply, I want everyone get home safely after a day of work. There are multiple ways to achieve this: from immediately reporting dangerous situations, to making sure all employees know the labels for the different substances we store. And there are quite a few of those: over 1500.”

Culture switch

Development of safety and sustainability in the distant future is a two-way street, Frank emphasizes. “Aside legal requirements, a change in the working culture of a company or sector is at least as important. You shouldn’t rush tasks, but work safely and with care. And fast or cheap transport shouldn’t be the only objectives for our sector and clients- distribution should be efficient and sustainable as well. Such reciprocity is vital. For our sector, and others.”