Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced today that its Shreveport, La. operation has been International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certified for 14001 (Environmental) and 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety).
"KCS is playing a leading role in the railroad industry of pursuing and securing ISO certification for health, safety and environmental management systems and I'm so proud of the team's efforts to continuously evaluate, measure and improve the safety of our operation for employees, customers and the communities we serve," said KCS vice president health, safety and environmental Kayden Howard.
The process of achieving this third-party verified certification at Shreveport Yard, which was initiated in 2019, began with the creation of a practical, usable Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management System that is aligned to our business and way of doing work. The system that is in place is structured so that health, safety and environmental risk is proactively addressed and embedded in business operations, allowing KCS to have justifiable confidence in risk management processes. The system was developed to be adaptable and transferrable to other KCS locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico network.
ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 167 national standards bodies. ISO 45001 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system that helps organizations proactively improve their OH&S performance and, in the process, provide safer and healthier workplaces by preventing work-related illness and injury. ISO 14001 sets out criteria for implementing an effective environmental management system so that organizations can reduce environmental impact, including pollution and carbon footprint.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south-central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances with other North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More information about KCS can be found at www.kcsouthern.com.
C. Doniele Carlson, 816-983-1372, firstname.lastname@example.org