Following his appointment in July, Air Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd’s new Managing Director Rob Richardson reinforced the company’s strong safety values during his first site visit in his new role.

He visited the company’s cylinder filling facility in Witbank near Johannesburg, where he highlighted the importance of safety, quality, customer service and growth within amenable markets.

Air products employees places safety at the forefront

Air Products employees place safety at the forefront

Source: Air Products South Africa

L – R: Gift Ratshilumela (Fill Operator), Trust Mwatsiya (General Dutyman), Leon Maluleke (Foreman), Sizwe Nkonde (GM Packaged Gases), Adri Bezuidenhoudt (Facility Supervisor), Rob Richardson (Managing Director) and Donovan Coetzer (Area Sales Manager)


As a key player in industrial and specialty gas manufacturing, the company places a high emphasis on ensuring the highest safety standards are maintained at all of its facilities throughout South Africa.

One of Richardson’s primary focuses in his new position is implementing Air Products’ global Basic Safety Process (BSP) to build safety knowledge, skills and an outlook of safe working environments and behaviours.

“We have one goal when it comes to safety and that is zero accidents. We instil a mind-set of continuous safety and quality in all employees,” he stated.

Richardson became the fourth Managing Director appointed throughout the industrial gas corporation’s 47-year history.