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NOSA provides occupational health, safety and environmental risk management services and solutions and is the exclusive provider of both the NOSA Five Star Grading System and SAMTRAC. NOSA was formed in 1951 by the South African Government to reduce injuries and fatalities in the workplace. The business was acquired and restructured by MICROmega Holdings Limited in 2005, with a strong focus on creating a national service provider that met the growing demand for occupational health and safety services. NOSA offers over 50 safety, health, environmental and quality training courses, including the industry leader SAMTRAC.
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Integrated Risk Management Software

Posted by NOSA on Jun 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Risk management is usually the responsibility of risk managers/professionals in separate business units working with different risk management systems. This contributes to a lack of risk information sharing and a lack of understanding of the organisation’s key risks, which prevents optimum results from being achieved. Although business units may function in isolation, risks certainly do not.

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Topics: work safety, Risk management, HSE, integrated, software, SHE, Incident Investigation, Reporting

How to develop learning objectives

Posted by NOSA on Jun 19, 2017 11:30:00 AM


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Topics: training, Safety training, HSE training, training programme

5 key FAQs on LexisNexis acquisition - answered

Posted by NOSA on Jun 15, 2017 11:22:00 AM

In May of this year, NOSA acquired the Occupational Hygiene (OH) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) divisions of LexisNexis Legal & Professional (part of RELX Group). Duncan Carlisle, CEO of NOSA, took a moment to answer a few key questions around this acquisition.

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Topics: Occupational Health and Safety, NOSA news, Press release

What the #Knysna fires reminded us as safety professionals

Posted by NOSA on Jun 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In the week that ended on the 9th of June, South Africans were just recovering from the devastation left by the massive storm in the Cape, when they were confronted with the news that Knysna – and pretty much all of Knysna – was burning. At the time of writing this story, seven people have died, including a farmworker, his pregnant wife and toddler son, with 10 000 people having been evacuated from their homes and taken to safety.

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Topics: News and Opinions, Fire safety

How to apply adult learning principles in workplace safety training

Posted by NOSA on Jun 8, 2017 11:30:00 AM

 We’ve covered how to implement a training-needs analysis. In the second of our blogs on rolling out HSE training in the workplace, we focus on the adult learning principles you’ll need to adopt for the training to be effective. The workers you want to train are adults, and adults share certain characteristics that make training more effective for them (or less effective if you ignore the characteristics). If your training recognises and respects these adult learning principles, it is likely to be more effective. If your training disregards these principles, you’re wasting training money.

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Topics: work safety, Safety training, HSE training, training programme, adult learning

#CapeStorm: Here’s how to stay safe, no matter where you are

Posted by NOSA on Jun 7, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Today Cape Town residents are ‘battening down the hatches’ as a massive storm has hit the area, with roofs being blown off dwellings, roads closed and trees uprooted. A number of people have already been displaced, with residents doing their best to stay warm and dry, and working together to help those in need.

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Topics: HSE, road safety, Safety, HSE best practice

The first step when rolling out HSE training

Posted by NOSA on Jun 5, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Last week we published a two-part blog giving you an overview on how to roll out HSE training in the workplace, which included the following eight steps:

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Topics: training, Safety training, HSE training

The final 4 steps to rolling out your HSE training programme

Posted by NOSA on Jun 1, 2017 12:45:00 PM

In the second part of our overview on the eight-step process for rolling out an effective HSE training programme, we unpack the final four steps:

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Topics: HSE best practice, Safety training, HSE training

How to roll out your safety training

Posted by NOSA on May 29, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Most occupational health and safety legislation requires employers to provide training to employees that enables them to perform their work in a manner that is safe and without risks to their health and safety. We all recognise the value and benefit of workforce training – it makes workers more efficient by increasing production, revenue, and profits while decreasing costs, waste, and inefficiencies. Effective training can lead to increased compliance with regulations. It can even lead to a happier, more satisfied workforce, which in turn reduces turnover and costly on-boarding. But it needs to be done properly and effectively – you cannot blaze forth with half-formed plans and vague ideas of how to proceed.

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Topics: Occupational Health and Safety, Safety, Safety training

9 crazy – but TRUE – safety facts

Posted by NOSA on May 25, 2017 12:05:00 PM
We should always, always take safety seriously, but safety information can be both informative and entertaining. Now that we’ve got your attention, take a look at these nine safety facts that seem crazy, but are in fact 100% true.


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Topics: work safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Safety

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