Certas Energy is the largest independent fuel and lubricants distributor in the UK, supplying domestic, commercial, agricultural, and industrial customers. With a network of over 150 depots, nearly 1,000 tankers, more than 800 retail forecourts, and 2,500 employees, Certas delivers billions of litres of fuel all over the UK each year. Until October 2013, Certas Energy traded as GB Oils. Certas’ parent company is DCC, a publicly-quoted sales, marketing, and distribution group. DCC is listed on the Irish and London Stock exchanges and employs over 9,500 people across 13 countries.
Certas required a supplier who would be able to consistently supply high-quality technical workwear to multiple locations across the UK (including The Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Outer Hebrides) within a short timeframe. Certas needed the absolute guarantee that all uniform and PPE supplied would be through the correct channels and be the approved specification garments, criteria that no previous supplier had been able to afford.
Clearly the comfort, quality, appearance and, crucially, technical specification were of paramount prerequisites to the contract. Hazchem worked very closely with Health and Safety personnel, operational staff, driver representatives, and procurement over a number of years to establish a uniform and PPE selection which provided for the specific needs of Certas staff and the key management aims. However the critical element of management and control in the issuing of workwear and PPE was where Hazchem provided the most value to Certas Energy. Previous suppliers had supplied equipment which was off-spec and off-brand leading to compliance and image issues for the company. The Hazchem Lynx intelligent order management system is able to to control the correct issue of workwear and PPE depending on site and job-role requirements thus providing the required control. The final piece of jigsaw was the requirement for prompt delivery to all corners of the UK. The large stock-holding of technical garments held centrally at our National Distribution Centre and comprehensive Nationwide distribution enabled us to exceed our customers’ expectations.