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Sustaining zero harm in a mechanised mining environment

Posted by Deonie Botha on Dec 12, 2016 9:39:46 AM


Prior to 2016, substantial improvements have been made in terms of achieving zero harm in the mining industry in South Africa. The Chamber of Mines (in 2016), indicated that “the mining industry has made significant progress over the past two decades to improve safety and occupational health in the mining sector, with an 87% reduction in the number of fatalities between 1993 and 2015. Unfortunately, the Chamber of Mines’ 2016 statistics show a 14% increase in fatalities.

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Topics: Risk management, Mining, Modernised

[Checklist] How to find responsible suppliers

Posted by NOSA on Dec 8, 2016 1:00:00 PM

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: Suppliers, Risk management, Contractor management

A harness is not just a harness

Posted by Andreo Du Preez on Dec 5, 2016 9:00:00 AM


There is a common belief amongst employers that all height safety harnesses are the same, and that more affordable harnesses will provide their workforce with the same protection as expensive harnesses. Unfortunately, this is not true. Harnesses are designed for specific tasks at height, ranging from basic fall arrest harnesses to top-of-the-range rope access harnesses.

Employers must therefore carefully consider the tasks they need their workforce to perform before procuring safety harnesses.

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Topics: working at heights

The final chapter to demystifying the OHS Act: General prohibitions

Posted by NOSA on Dec 1, 2016 12:00:00 PM

In the final part of our three-part blog series, we unpack the general prohibitions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. By breaking these down into simple-to-understand portions, we hope we can help you and your company better understand your legal obligations.

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Topics: OHS Act

Demystifying the OHS Act in three steps - step two

Posted by NOSA on Nov 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM


An employee’s safety obligations under the OHS Act

In the second of our three-part blog series demystifying the OHS Act, we are looking at what an employee’s legal obligations under this legislation are. Let’s dive in.

Part One - The Employer's Responsibilities


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Topics: OHS Act

An inside look into fire safety

Posted by NOSA on Nov 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Fire safety is an important factor to consider on a day-to-day basis and especially in the workplace. A fire can be started in most incidents and can have a detrimental impact if not dealt with correctly. We have decided to breakdown the following components to consider when looking into fire safety:

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Topics: Fire safety

Demystifying the OHS Act in three steps… starting with an employer’s responsibilities

Posted by NOSA on Nov 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In many of our interactions, we meet health and safety professionals determined to follow legislation – the only problem is they don’t always understand what it is they’re required to do.


We’re here to help. In the next three blogs, we’re going to break down the following sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act):

  • Employer responsibilities
  • Employee responsibilities
  • General prohibitions
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Topics: Risk management

Significant HSEQ Legal Updates and Development

Posted by Hanno Marais on Nov 10, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Recently NOSA hosted a successful safety forum in Brits, South Africa. Attendees were lucky enough to sit in on presentations given by our leaders in occupational risk management. 

Four industry experts were given the opportunity to present on topics - educating, advising and guiding attendees on the importance of legal compliance within a workplace as well as food safety services, fire safety services and general products and services NOSA has to offer as a company.

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Topics: work safety, Risk management, legal compliance

Working at heights: The equipment you’ll need to work safely

Posted by NOSA on Nov 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Safety while working at heights is such an essential part of of your occupational health and safety practices that it usually has its own designated group of skilled professionals monitoring processes and procedures. Here at NOSA, we certainly do.

With this in mind it’s a good idea to know exactly what equipment you’ll need to effectively manage and mitigate your working at heights risk, in conjunction with the fall protection plan you already have in place. This blog post sets out to do just that.

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Topics: Risk management

[INFOGRAPHIC] Is your workplace up to scratch?

Posted by NOSA on Oct 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Your workplace needs to provide certain basic conditions to comply with fundamental health and safety in the workplace. Take a look at the image below to see if your workplace is up to scratch.

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety

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