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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 are the key features of King IV?

Posted by NOSA on Jan 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

On 1 November of this year, the King Committee published the King IV Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa 2016(King IV). This will be effective from 1 April 2017. Here are the main points you need to know.

King IV replaces King III in its entirety

This means that you will need not refer to anything in King III – King IV replaces it completely. Also, the approach of ‘apply or explain’ of King III is replaced with ‘apply and explain’.

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Topics: Corporate Governance

The 9 key qualities of a star safety officer

Posted by NOSA on Jan 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 

You might say, ‘I’m just a safety officer – not a leader’. ALL safety professionals are leaders, as you are responsible for guiding your entire organisation when it comes to adopting, implementing and following sound safety practices.

 

And as a leader, the following nine qualities are key to fulfilling your role successfully.

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety, Risk management, HSE

8 ways to beat workplace stress

Posted by NOSA on Jan 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM


It’s always been said that prevention is better than cure, and as we start a new year, let’s nip any potential stress in the bud with the following eight tips. Because we all know that stress is a contributing factor in workplace incidents, so are any tools to manage the risk always welcome.

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Topics: work safety, HSE, stress

Entering the health and safety world: How do I start?

Posted by NOSA on Jan 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

So you’re thinking of pursuing a career in health and safety. But, where’s the start line? Or are there several starting options? Must you decide from the get-go how you wish to specialise (i.e. focusing on conducting audits)? The following blog breaks down the process you’ll most likely follow, from decision, to studying, to working, and finally to how your role fits in the bigger picture of an organisation.

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety, HSE

The latest in safety technology – is your office keeping up?

Posted by NOSA on Jan 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Technology has a tremendous impact on communication. Those who are early to adopt new technology typically have a competitive advantage, which allows them to stay ahead of their competition.

Conversely, failing to identify and adopt advancements in technology has had irreparable consequences for several well-established businesses. So, what is technology’s impact on the health and safety industry?

Connected with the latest in safety technology trends is the effect of global megatrends on occupational health and safety, an area in which our NOSA Head of Innovation, Dr Deonie Botha has been conducting research. Today we take a look at how these can have a direct (and positive) impact on how you currently train your staff on health and safety in the workplace.

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Topics: HSE trends, HSE, Global Trends, technology

New Year’s Eve safety toolbox kit

Posted by NOSA on Dec 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

 

While staying safe on the road must be a high priority for New Year's Eve revellers, it's certainly not the only safety issue that you may confront as you ring in the new year. However, with a little care and foresight, you can protect yourself from some of the more common risks. Use the toolkit below and your biggest challenge may be remembering all the words to "Auld Lang Syne."

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Topics: HSE, New Year, Safety

24 holiday tips for the festive season

Posted by NOSA on Dec 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The end of the year is a period of celebration and relaxation after a year of hard work. We all deserve a little time to cut loose and enjoy ourselves before the start of the new year. BUT – this is not an excuse for letting your guard down. Use this infographic to keep safety top of mind, both in the last days at the office before you go on leave, and for the time you’re at home.
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Topics: HSE, Safety, Holiday

5 ways to de-stress this holiday

Posted by NOSA on Dec 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

While the holiday season can be a fun and joyous time, it can also be very stressful. The combined effort of shopping, attending social events, and entertaining guests can quickly become too much to handle. Depression is often an unwelcome guest during the holidays. Minimise your stress and anxiety and really enjoy this festive time of year with these five tips…

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Topics: HSE, Safety, Holiday

10 golden rules of road safety

Posted by NOSA on Dec 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Right about now, most people have begun the trip back from time away on holiday, whether it’s migrant labourers returning to work after going home, or families who’ve taken a drive down to the coast for their festive break. Every year, the Minister of Transport laments the horribly high road death statistics, always calling for greater awareness and care from South African drivers.

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Topics: Risk management, HSE, road safety

A retrospective of 2016 trends and what this means for 2017

Posted by NOSA on Dec 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM


There is a continuous demand for identifying new and creative ways to mitigate hazards in the workplace. In face, workplace health and safety risks not only have a tremendous impact on the livelihood and wellbeing of emplyees accross all industries, but they can be exceptionally costly to companies that need to address on-the-job injuries. A significant number of employees suffer from a slip, trip or fall injury every year, sometimes costing employers hundreds of thousands of rands for each incident. 

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Topics: Risk management, HSE trends, HSE, Global Trends

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