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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

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

[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

Your office health and safety cheat sheet

Posted by NOSA on Oct 24, 2016 9:05:00 AM

Need a quick reference guide to maintain your office’s health and safety compliance? Use the following checklist to stay on top of your legal obligations.


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Topics: Career in Health and Safety

What's wrong with this picture? Spot the safety violation

Posted by NOSA on Oct 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

We all do it – you need to reach something on the top shelf in your cupboard, the ladder’s outside in the garage, so you grab the nearest chair and climb on. Mostly, we come down from the chair without a problem. But sometimes, we slip and fall, possibly injuring ourselves quite badly.


The same behaviour sometimes carries through to the workplace, to varying degrees. Here’s a challenge for you. Below are five examples of clear safety violations in the workplace. Take a look at each picture, and in the form that follows, let us know how each worker is breaking health and safety rules. You can include advice and tips on how the employees should have acted.


Spread the safety word

Once you have completed the form, visit our Facebook page and post safety violations you’ve noticed in your own day-to-day duties that need fixing. Hashtag it #SafetyFirst, and include a message on what should have been done in the situation. Tag us @NOSAtweets if you are using your personal account on Facebook or Twitter.

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety

Checklist: Does your company need a safety audit?

Posted by NOSA on Oct 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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.

Even if you think your building is at low risk, a regular health and safety audit, carried out by a competent person, will help you decrease the risk of accidents in the workplace. Rather than wait for a surprise visit from the Department of Labour, be prepared, know your risks, ensure you have your legal obligations covered, and use the following checlist to see if you’re due for a health and safety audit.

General workplace conditions

Do you answer ‘no’ to any of the following questions? 

• I and my team have identified ALL hazards that may cause harm, injury or ill health to someone in our workplace
• We are conducting hazard identification regularly, especially every time there has been a change in the workplace
• We have documented ALL hazards in the workplace
• We have assessed the risk level of ALL the hazards
• We have documented our risk assessment
• We have taken action to eliminate or minimise any hazard or risk, and documented these

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety

I’m not following SHE legislation – so what?

Posted by NOSA on Oct 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Are you aware how severe health and safety non-compliance penalties can be? Do you know how you are at risk of incurring these penalties, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act)? Maybe? Maybe not? And here lies the problem. Sometimes, it isn’t wilful disobedience of health and safety legislation (although sometimes it is). Sometimes, companies will find themselves breaching the finer details of the OHS Act or SHE legislation entirely due to lack of knowledge.

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety

Your CEO could go to jail for health and safety non-compliance

Posted by NOSA on Oct 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It’s what everyone wants to know – where, and with whom, does the buck stop? When it comes to workplace health and safety, this question is exceptionally important because we all need to know how we are legally accountable for all our actions, and our options and obligations should an employee or colleague be hurt (or worse – die) as a result of these actions.


Today’s blog breaks down each and every person responsible for comply with health and safety legislation.


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Topics: Career in Health and Safety

The hierarchy of controls - why your hard hat won't save you

Posted by NOSA on Oct 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Or at least, your hard hat alone won’t save you. Today we’d like to take the opportunity to discuss the benefits of a ‘hierarchy of controls’, and how it can be used to create safe systems of work in your workplace. Traditionally, a hierarchy of controls has been used as a means of determining how to implement feasible and effective control solutions. This can be done in a few steps.

The hierarchy on control is, of course, not only of use to directors. It is a method for choosing risk control measures that can be used by employees on every level of a company.


For example:

  • Directors can use the hierarchy to create safety strategies to be carried down through the company.
  • Senior management can use the hierarchy to train workers in the safety strategies and be assured that workers are competent and capable in those control measures.
  • Workers use the control measures on a day-to-day basis in their workplace.


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Topics: Career in Health and Safety

[QUIZ] Can you recognise Hidden Hazards in the workplace?

Posted by NOSA on Sep 29, 2016 11:11:06 AM

Last month we shared with you the 13 workplace hazards that you may not be aware of. Today, we’d like to test your knowledge on that information. Take the following quiz, and see how much you remember – and how many hidden hazards may still be present in your own workplace.

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety

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