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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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The Carlyle Group to acquire NOSA Group, a South African provider of occupational health and safety services

Posted by NOSA on Oct 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM


Carlyle sector expertise and global network will support NOSA’s global growth

Johannesburg, South Africa, October 13, 2017 – Global Alternative Asset Manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) announced that it has agreed to acquire the NOSA Group from Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed MICROmega Holdings for approximately R750 million.

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Topics: NOSA news

3 strategies for improving business productivity and efficiency

Posted by NOSA on Oct 16, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Technological advances, customer expectations and especially globalisation have increased the need for higher productivity. Entrepreneurs are now competing on a global scale. At the same time, companies are expected to adhere to their social and ethical responsibilities, which includes being aware of the organisation’s environmental impact. This means that the measures you take to increase your productivity need to also increase your efficiency. 

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Topics: Environmental Management System, HSE best practice, Environmental hazards, Productivity

Why - and how - you need to find responsible suppliers

Posted by NOSA on Oct 12, 2017 9:45:00 AM

The efforts you make in lowering your company’s carbon emissions don’t rest entirely with you – how your suppliers conduct their business activities will also have an impact on your overall carbon footprint. An effective way to ensure they are responsible suppliers is to use the following checklist when you begin working with them. Remember, a supplier that appreciates its obligations to the environment will carry ethical corporate responsibility across its entire operations.

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Topics: Environmental Management System, HSE best practice, Audits, Environmental hazards, Supplier vetting

Reducing your long-term environmental impact

Posted by NOSA on Oct 9, 2017 10:15:00 AM

It may be surprising to hear, but the world’s most abundant, richest energy supply isn’t one that needs to be created or discovered, but is in fact conserving what already exists. In terms of your workplace, this means adapting your existing (or prospective) building in such a way that makes it more ‘green’ (i.e. making it more energy efficient to reduce its environmental impact).

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Topics: Environmental Management System, HSE best practice, Environmental hazards, Ethical best practice

3 ways managing your waste properly benefits your business

Posted by NOSA on Oct 5, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Waste is a global issue. If you don’t properly deal with your company’s waste, it poses a serious threat to your employees’ health and the surrounding environment. Waste management is one of the essential utility services underpinning modern-day society, particularly in urban areas. This means it’s everyone’s problem – and everyone’s responsibility. What’s more, by reducing your waste, you can reduce all three of the triple bottom lines of:

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Topics: Environmental Management System, HSE best practice, Environmental hazards, Waste management

The negative effect of power stations: Hysterical superstition or a real threat?

Posted by NOSA on Oct 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM

We know that people sometimes tend to panic first and worry about verifying news they read (or hear) later. Take for instance the story of the gang that hangs around in parking lots, conning people to test its ‘perfume’ samples, which turn out to be chloroform. The victims are then drugged and kidnapped. Various versions of this story have been circulating for years, and while it has been refuted more than once, people still forward warnings on… just in case.

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Topics: Environmental Management System, Environmental hazards, energy

Why the M1 Grayston Bridge inquiry has been postponed – again!

Posted by NOSA on Sep 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

After months of delays and several postponements, the M1 Grayston Bridge inquiry resumed on Tuesday 26 September – only to be postponed promptly once again. In the weeks prior to the resumption, the Department of Labour’s Teboho Thejane said, ‘Families that have been waiting to hear all the arguments so that they can put this matter to rest, to hear what has happened and if there are any people that are responsible for this. But at this point… we’re waiting to hear the arguments.’

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Topics: News and Opinions, Occupational Health and Safety, Construction, Grayston Bridge, Incidents, Incident Investigation, risk by industry, risk assessment

The top 11 risks of using social media in the workplace

Posted by NOSA on Sep 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM

The last few of our blogs have made it clear that there is a positive case for utilising social media in your efforts to promote and maintain a safe working environment. We always like to offer a balanced approach to every argument, which is why today we take a look at the 11 potential risks associated with using social media in the workplace.

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Topics: Risk management, Safety, HSE best practice, Safety training, HSE training, risk, HSE and social media

The best social media platform for safety training

Posted by NOSA on Sep 18, 2017 10:45:00 AM

Granted, this could be a matter of opinion but it’s a reality that showing (in other words, demonstrating), is usually the most effective way to teach others ‘best practice’. We’re talking about videos.

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Topics: work safety, HSE, HSE best practice, HSE and social media, social media

How to use social media to promote HSE

Posted by NOSA on Sep 11, 2017 1:00:00 PM


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Topics: work safety, HSE best practice, HSE and social media, social media

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