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Behind the upsurge of illegal mining in SA

Posted by NOSA on May 22, 2017 9:45:00 AM

During the second week of May, 2017, a gas explosion occurred at the disused Eland mine shaft at Harmony Gold near Welkom. Police have retrieved the bodies of 25 illegal miners, with the surviving 11 arrested upon surfacing aboveground. 

Why is there an increase of this illegal activity? What are the conditions on unused mines that makes it easy for unauthorised people to enter? Have mining companies been derelict in their duties? Let’s take a look.  

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Topics: News and Opinions, HSE trends, CEO, Mining, Budget, Legislation, Illegal

10 smoking laws you need to pay attention to

Posted by NOSA on May 18, 2017 11:15:00 AM

We had such a positive response to our vaping article, we thought we’d cover smoking in a little more depth. As we all know, South Africa has some of the most stringent laws related to smoking that sometimes it might feel that you’ve just wrapped your head around one regulation, when you’re confronted with yet another legal ruling you weren’t aware existed. Often, the best way to handle this is to scale back to the basics, and work your way from there. Today, we bring you 10 of the most important smoking laws you need to pay attention to. But first – a little history…

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Topics: Safety, HSE best practice, Smoking

The true cost of construction accidents

Posted by NOSA on May 15, 2017 11:40:00 AM

Construction, and the costs of construction accidents, is an area of major concern to employers. Many people do not realise how much accidents really cost, because a lot of the expense isn’t obvious. Attention to accident prevention can and will improve a company's overall success.

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Topics: Construction, HSE best practice, hse fails

Quiz: Are you up to global HSE standards?

Posted by NOSA on May 11, 2017 1:05:00 PM

Everyone needs a benchmark – how can you know whether what you’re doing is good enough, if you have nothing to compare it to? Take this quick quiz to see how your HSE efforts measure up. We’ve included a range of questions from general safety to HSE leadership. See how you compare at the end of the quiz, where we've posted the answers. 

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Topics: HSE best practice, HSE quiz

NOSA acquires LexisNexis’ Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Health and Safety Divisions

Posted by NOSA on May 8, 2017 9:45:00 AM

NOSA, a member of the MICROmega Holdings Limited “MMG” group of companies, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Occupational Hygiene “OH” and Occupational Health and Safety Divisions “OHS” from LexisNexis Legal & Professional, part of RELX Group. According to Greg Morris, Chief Executive Officer at MMG, “The acquisition of the divisions provides NOSA with an experienced team of health and safety consultants, along with expanding NOSA’s footprint in the occupational hygiene sector.”

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Topics: NOSA news

Where does the law lie with vaping?

Posted by NOSA on May 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM

South Africa’s law on smoking is very clear. Its law on vaping and e-cigarettes? Less so. South Africa has become progressively more restrictive on when and where its citizens can light up, and its penalties for non-compliance are appropriately punitive. But when it comes to e-cigarettes, does any legislation currently exist on what we can and can’t do? This blog will break down what is currently known regarding the legal implications of vaping.

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Topics: HSE, Smoking, Vaping, Legislation, HSE legislation

Safety is 24/7 - Even at home, on holiday

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

Why it’s essential to carry your HSE training outside of the workplace

We’ve said it before – training doesn’t stop at the boundary wall of where you work. Safety is an attitude, a way of life. This means that how you observe safety is constant, and just as important when you are at home prepping dinner for your family, or travelling on the road, as it is when you are, say, operating a forklift machine on the factory floor. Apart from anything else, constant and consistent observance means you’ll get into the habit of practising safety, and eventually it’ll be second nature, and not something you have to consciously work at. Today, while you take your well-deserved break from work, it doesn't mean your vigilance when it comes to safety is on leave too. 

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Topics: HSE, training, Safety

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

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