Quality & Accreditations

Sarin Group conducts its operations in accordance with a Quality, Safety and Environmental Management System (QSEMS), we colloquially refer to as ISO. Four main policies, Quality, Environment, Safety and Food Safety set the scene and provide objectives for the QSEMS. This QSEMS is accredited with Total Quality Certification Services International, for compliance with:

AS/NZS ISO 9001 Quality Standard
AS/NZS ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard
AS/NZS 4801 OHS Management System Standard
AS/NZS ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems

The QSEMS ensures all Sarin Group activities that have the potential to negatively or positively affect, quality, the environment, WHS and food hygiene are analysed and managed to eliminate or minimise any impact. Sarin Group quality and food hygiene activities are aimed at achieving customer satisfaction by applying good management practices to all stages, from catching fish, to processing and supply of both wildcatch fish and farmed tuna to customers. Sarin Group environmental activities are aimed at sustainable fishing for the future and minimising environmental harm when fishing, farming, harvesting and processing fish, whilst the WHS activities are predominantly employee, contractor or visitor related.

Good quality management begins with quality staff. Sarin Group have a committed management team with dedicated roles bringing together skills and experience from many industries, not just fishing, to ensure the objectives of our Quality, Environmental and Safety policies are met. The Billy Light’s Point office operations include coordination of OHS/International Standards implementation.

AFE undertakes it's SBT harvest in accordance with AS/NZS ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems and was the first fishing company in Australia to be certified to this standard.

TQCSI conduct third party audits of the process vessel to ensure compliance with the Sarin Group quality assurance system and the Stewards. Personnel required to handle product are required to undertake training in the HACCP principles and food and general hygiene.

Sarin Group also conducts its fishing operations in a manner that minimises harm to unwanted fish species, sea mammals, aquatic birds and the sea bed, with many of the fishing operations randomly monitored by Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) observers. All environmental aspects and impacts have been assessed with controls developed and implemented to minimize harm. Sarin Group farming operations are also monitored to ensure the local marine environment is not adversely affected. These activities include the Windsor Avenue Freezer outputs and the actual farm sites east of Boston Island.

Good occupational health and safety management is as equally important to Sarin Group as quality and environmental management. Sarin Group employees undertake high risk activities as part of the fishing operations, particularly when on vessels, requiring highly trained and skilled personnel. Skippers are the managers of vessels and all crew are their responsibility whilst at sea. Sarin Group provide vessels that are required to meet stringent safety survey requirements before they are permitted to sail and these surveys are required regularly to remain registered. Local State WHS Regulations are complied with for both vessel and land based operations, and considered a minimum level of compliance.

Training is monitored to ensure crew meet the requirements of State and National navigation Certificates of Competency for the relevant tasks they undertake.

Sarin Group foster a continuous improvement philosophy, regularly auditing internally, and subject to external audits of all elements of Sarin Group Quality, Environment and Safety systems. Outcomes are reviewed to develop and implement actions on an ongoing basis with annual senior management reviews for system development and improvement.

Quality Policy Statement
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The Sarin Group is a number of high profile companies based in Port Lincoln, South Australia, providing:

  • wildcatch fishing
  • farming, harvesting, processing and export of Southern Blue Fin Tuna
  • vessel construction, maintenance, survey and inspection
  • slipway facilities
  • management of property and property development
  • recreational facilities, particularly an aquatic leisure centre, tourist park and recreational marina.

The Group is committed to the Community and provides a large number of jobs on which the local area relies. We comply with all legislative and regulatory requirements and strive to meet the expectations of our clients and the Community.

As part of our Group's commitment to the quality of our product and service, and to ensure client satisfaction, we have implemented an Integrated Management System and maintain third party certification for all companies against the Australian/International Standard, AS ISO 9001. The Integrated Management System is centrally managed but applies equally to all companies.

The Sarin Group is committed to continually improving the effectiveness of our Integrated Management System. Quality objectives have been established in strategic planning, and through a Business Improvement Plan, which is regularly monitored and reviewed during formal operational, management review and Board meetings.

By ensuring the suitability of our employees, processes and equipment, and documenting our key processes, we give our clients confidence in our ability to meet their needs. The Group also ensures employees are aware of the relevance and importance of their activities and how they contribute to the continual improvement of our business.

Senior management fully endorses this Quality Policy and the formal Integrated Management System that has been implemented.

Environmental Policy Statement
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The Sarin Group is committed to identifying all environmental impacts resulting from our activities and acting upon those of potential risk. We will ensure our activities are ecologically sustainable while continuing to meet the expectations of our stakeholders.

To achieve this, the Group has implemented an Integrated Management System and maintains third party certification against the Australian/International Standard, AS ISO 14001.

Our Integrated Management System will be regularly reviewed to ensure it remains relevant to our operations and complies with any changes in legislation. Policies and procedures will be documented to inform our employees of how environmental issues are to be managed.

The Group will comply with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and contractual requirements. Where no specific regulation or requirement exists, we will adopt appropriate responsible standards.

All employees have an important role to play in achieving our environmental goals. We encourage respect for the environment and will ensure we prevent pollution and waste, wherever possible.
Sarin is committed to:
  • preventing pollution and environmental harm
  • continually improving our management of the environment - specific objectives and targets have been established in our Business Improvement Plan which are regularly monitored and reviewed during formal operational, management review and Board meetings
  • using appropriate environmental products and other environmental technology, minimal use of non-reusable resources, including energy and potable water, minimising waste, developing viable recycling opportunities and ensuring proper handling and disposal methods are used
  • using a risk based approach to assess potential environmental hazards
  • developing procedures to ensure environmental compliance
  • implementing emergency plans in order to handle and minimise any environmental impact
  • ensuring suppliers and sub-contractors comply with this Environmental Policy.
  • Senior management fully endorses this Environmental Policy and the formal Integrated Management System that has been implemented
Work Health Safety Policy Statement
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The Sarin Group recognises the hazardous nature of its operations and strives for the highest standards of Work Health & Safety for its employees.

The Group recognises and accepts its obligation to provide a safe, healthy and efficient work environment for all employees, sub-contractors and visitors.

To achieve this, the Sarin Group has implemented an Integrated Management System and maintains third party certification for all companies against the Australian Standard, AS 4801.

The Integrated Management System ensures measureable objectives and targets are established and reviewed through formal operational, management review and Board meetings in order to continually improve and eliminate workplace injuries and illness.

To achieve our aim, we will:

  • comply with relevant WHS legislation and regulations, Australian Standards, Codes of Practice and other requirements to which the Group subscribes and, where no regulatory framework exits, industry norms and world's best practice will be adopted
  • define the responsibilities and authorities of managers and employees
  • provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision
  • obtain internal and external expertise on technical safety issues
  • use a risk based approach to assess the suitability of facilities, plant, equipment and work methods
  • implement a hierarchy of controls for potential risks to ensure workplace safety
  • develop procedures to ensure the safety of all operations
  • develop emergency procedures
  • continually improve WHS performance
  • manage claims and rehabilitation fairly and equitably
  • communicate and consult with our employees for workplace safety issues and in the improvement of our Integrated Management System.

Senior management fully endorse this WHS Policy and the formal Integrated Management System that has been implemented.

Food Safety Policy Statement
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The Sarin Group recognises the hazardous nature of its operations and strives for the highest standards of Work Health & Safety for its employees.

The Group recognises and accepts its obligation to provide a safe, healthy and efficient work environment for all employees, sub-contractors and visitors.

To achieve this, the Sarin Group has implemented an Integrated Management System and maintains third party certification for all companies against the Australian Standard, AS 4801.

The Integrated Management System ensures measureable objectives and targets are established and reviewed through formal operational, management review and Board meetings in order to continually improve and eliminate workplace injuries and illness.

To achieve our aim, we will:

  • comply with relevant WHS legislation and regulations, Australian Standards, Codes of Practice and other requirements to which the Group subscribes and, where no regulatory framework exits, industry norms and world's best practice will be adopted
  • define the responsibilities and authorities of managers and employees
  • provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision
  • obtain internal and external expertise on technical safety issues
  • use a risk based approach to assess the suitability of facilities, plant, equipment and work methods
  • implement a hierarchy of controls for potential risks to ensure workplace safety
  • develop procedures to ensure the safety of all operations
  • develop emergency procedures
  • continually improve WHS performance
  • manage claims and rehabilitation fairly and equitably
  • communicate and consult with our employees for workplace safety issues and in the improvement of our Integrated Management System.

Senior management fully endorse this WHS Policy and the formal Integrated Management System that has been implemented.