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How much can you expect to earn with your HSE qualification?

Posted by NOSA on Feb 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

There is no doubt that health and safety professionals are committed to their work, and their industry. But – to be frank – passion alone doesn’t pay the bills. When planning your career, it’s helpful to know where your qualifications will take you, and the qualifications you’ll need to acquire when you want to go further.

With this in mind, here are 14 of the most common jobs in the occupational health and safety industry, and what you can hope to earn by performing each of them. Remember, as always, this is not a finite list, but should give you a solid foundation off which to work when plotting your job prospects. What is interesting to note is the gender disparity in some of the roles – now may be your chance to change that!

Note: These salaries are measured according to international benchmarks, and do not take into account socio-economic factors specific to a region. Also, these are median amounts, meaning they usually fall directly in the middle of the pay scale for these particular job titles.

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety, work safety, HSE

9 Misconceptions about HSE

Posted by NOSA on Feb 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you say something often enough, whether or not there is any truth in that statement, it somehow becomes fact. There is also always the risk of repeating something that may have once been true, but as a result of developments and research no longer actually applies. The best thing to do is investigate anything you aren’t sure of, accessing reputable sources for confirmation. Be sure to stay in touch with (or belong to) industry organisations that will help you stay current with goings on in your sector.

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Topics: News and Opinions, HSE, Safety

4 benefits of adhering to King IV

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

In our continued coverage of the recent release of King IV, we take a look at the benefits of adhering to it. To adhere to King IV is to adhere to the principles of sound corporate governance. Let’s take a look then of the benefits of adhering to corporate governance

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Topics: HSE trends, HSE, King IV

Safety is 24/7

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

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.

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Topics: HSE, training, Safety

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

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