SQAS (Safety and Quality Assessment Systems) provides a tool to assess the quality, safety and environmental management systems of logistics service providers in a uniform manner by independent assessors using a standard questionnaire. In this way, SQAS avoids multiple assessments by individual chemical companies and helps companies to select logistics service providers and define the improvements they wish to see in each case.

An SQAS assessment by an independent assessor does not lead to a certificate. Instead, it offers a detailed factual report which each chemical company needs to evaluate according to its own requirements. One single assessment replaces the myriad of inspections to which logistics service providers have traditionally been subjected, without making the dialogue between service provider and chemical company redundant.

Although SQAS does not guarantee the safety and quality of the service provided by a supplier, it does offer a mechanism for evaluating continuous improvement. The system gives the supplier useful feedback on the strengths and weaknesses observed during the assessment.
In addition, after the evaluation of the assessment report by the chemical company, customers can offer specific feedback. This in turn can help build mutually beneficial partnerships.

The benefits of SQAS can be summarised as follows:

  • One concerted industry approach encourages partnership between chemical companies and their logistics service providers.
  • A single objective evaluation can be adapted to the needs of individual chemical companies.
  • A systematic approach helps logistics service providers to concentrate their efforts on issues requiring attention.
  • SQAS provides a cost-effective tool for chemical companies (who need to do less auditing) as well as for logistics service providers (who are subject to fewer audits).
  • SQAS contributes to continuous improvement.