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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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What to do when you need a safety audit

Posted by NOSA on Apr 27, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Nobody at your facility has been hurt in more than a year. Weekly inspection forms are returned with no non-compliances. Are the facility’s safety plans really working that well or is it just luck? Conducting a safety audit is one of the proven ways to answer that question.

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Topics: HSE, HSE best practice, Audits, NOSA Five Star Safety System

The key update to OHSAS 18001

Posted by NOSA on Apr 24, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Well, unless you’ve been existing in a vacuum for the last few years, you’ll know the key update is ISO 45001, and it is intended to replace OHSAS 18001. Let’s take a look at the two standards, assess how they differ, and see what this will mean for all of us.

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Topics: ISO standards, ISO Updates

The only parts of the SACPCMP you need to worry about

Posted by NOSA on Apr 20, 2017 12:05:00 PM

If you’re in the construction industry, you already know about the Council for Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP). But, are you aware of everything you’re required to do if you want to register as a member? Today’s blog breaks down the essential points of which you’ll need to be aware.

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety, Construction, HSE best practice, accreditation

Licences and permits you'll require to start a construction business

Posted by NOSA on Apr 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM


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Topics: HSE, Construction, HSE best practice

Six ways to tell your boss your workplace could hurt you

Posted by NOSA on Apr 13, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Sometimes you may find it tough to talk to your boss about workplace safety, but it’s important and it has to be done. Employers need to know about workplace hazards so they can take the necessary steps to implement policies and procedures to protect you and your fellow employees.

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Topics: Fatalities in the workplace, HSE best practice, hse fails

Here’s where we stand with the Grayston Bridge enquiry

Posted by NOSA on Apr 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

As you are aware, this enquiry has suffered multiple postponements for various reasons. Here’s where it stands as of today.

The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian bridge, on Gauteng’s M1 highway – which resulted in the death of two people and the injury of a further 19 –  has been postponed, possibly until July, 2018. The presiding inspector Lennie Samuel said that he would make a decision on this within the next two weeks.


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Topics: Fatalities in the workplace, Construction, Grayston Bridge, HSE best practice, hse fails

Refresher: Are your fire safety measures up to standard?

Posted by NOSA on Apr 6, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Two weeks ago, the Durban skyline was blackened by a fire that blazed within – and without – a local factory. The fire broke out on the morning of Friday the 24th of March, at a 200 000 m2 Transnet-owned wax-production facility, and eventually razed the building to the ground. Alex Gloster, a Durban Fire Department commander on the scene of the factory fire, said that firefighters had done a ‘world class job’ on what was ‘…certainly the biggest fire of my career.’

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Topics: Occupational Health and Safety, Fire safety, Tips, HSE best practice

6 key reasons health and safety training will make your business more efficient

Posted by NOSA on Apr 3, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Training is a major responsibility. Whether you’re a training professional, a veteran of company training, or have just been asked to take over or start up a training programme, you have a great deal of responsibility. Just think about all the different kinds of training employees need throughout their careers.

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Topics: training, HSE best practice, Corporate best practice

ISO 9001: 2015 in a nutshell

Posted by NOSA on Mar 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Although it’s already been almost two years since ISO 9001 was revised, you may still be a little hazy on the details. So we thought we’d take the opportunity to break the main points down for you. 

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Topics: ISO standards, ISO Updates

Understanding ISO 14001: 2015

Posted by NOSA on Mar 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Like we did for ISO 9001: 2015, today’s blog takes a look at the 2015 revisions to ISO 14001, and how these have improved the standard, as well as changed it. 

Recap: What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organisations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders. 

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Topics: ISO standards, ISO Updates, Environmental Management System

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