Dubai gold refiner wins ISO certification
Dubai, June 19, 2013
Kaloti Jewellery Group, one of the world’s largest gold and precious metals refiners and trading houses, said its Sharjah-based refinery has achieved ISO 18001:2008 certification for occupational health and safety.
The process was undertaken by the Bureau of Assessment Service and has been approved by Dubai Municipality.
OHSAS 18000 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. Central to OHSAS requirements are strong policies and procedures, and implementing the standard will help minimise the risk to employees, improve existing health and safety management systems, and demonstrate diligence.
This will add to the two accreditations that Kaloti was awarded previously: ISO 9001:2008 for its integrated management system and ISO 14001:2001 for the environment.
Monzer Medakka, the managing director of the Kaloti Jewellery Group, said: "Making our refinery safe has always been a top priority and achieving an ISO accreditation is a reflection of our determination to ensure that we have implemented all the necessary procedures and regulations."
"This accreditation makes us fully accountable and transparent to our clients, our employees and the public, who know that our gold bars and ingots are produced with the highest quality and standards. Our refinery is now one step closer to receiving LBMA approval as this is a mandatory requirement," he noted.
In another development, Kaloti has successfully installed one of the most advanced assaying machinery, the Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP), in its Sharjah refinery.
“This installation marks a significant milestone for our company and our technology. We want our customers to have the best assaying facilities available to them and we expect the results to improve efficiency and operations for gold processing,” he stated.
"ICP has the capability of assaying over 30 types of precious metals including gold, silver and platinum, and its methods provide a complete analysis of the assayed samples compared to the standard technique of Fire Assay," explained Medakka.
"In addition, it gives more accuracy in the assaying of high purity gold. This technology will help increase production turnover by speeding up the analysing process and providing more accurate and broader scale of analysis of precious metals. The refinery currently produces 300 annual tons of gold and silver," he added.
In April, Kaloti announced the ground breaking development of its new refinery in Dubai. Set for completion in late 2014, the refinery will have the capacity to refine up to 2,000 tons of gold and precious metal.-TradeArabia News Service