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6 vital actions to include in your snakebite protocol

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

A Snouted Cobra showing off an impressive hood.

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Topics: work safety, HSE, snakes, snakes in the workplace, snake safety

10 common snakes of the Western Cape

Posted by NOSA on Jul 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Southern Adder. Photo: Peter Chadwick

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Topics: HSE, Safety, snakes, snakes in the workplace

Evaluating your HSE training’s effectiveness

Posted by NOSA on Jul 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Almost there, and this is the last active step you’ll take when it comes to rolling out your health and safety training. Today we’re talking evaluation. And why is it so important?

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Topics: work safety, HSE, training, Safety training, HSE training

How to design the right training materials

Posted by NOSA on Jul 3, 2017 12:15:00 PM

 

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety, HSE, Safety training, HSE training

Integrated Risk Management Software

Posted by NOSA on Jun 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Risk management is usually the responsibility of risk managers/professionals in separate business units working with different risk management systems. This contributes to a lack of risk information sharing and a lack of understanding of the organisation’s key risks, which prevents optimum results from being achieved. Although business units may function in isolation, risks certainly do not.

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Topics: work safety, Risk management, HSE, integrated, software, SHE, Incident Investigation, Reporting

#CapeStorm: Here’s how to stay safe, no matter where you are

Posted by NOSA on Jun 7, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Today Cape Town residents are ‘battening down the hatches’ as a massive storm has hit the area, with roofs being blown off dwellings, roads closed and trees uprooted. A number of people have already been displaced, with residents doing their best to stay warm and dry, and working together to help those in need.

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Topics: HSE, road safety, Safety, HSE best practice

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

Licences and permits you'll require to start a construction business

Posted by NOSA on Apr 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM

People will always need things built – homes, commercial office parks, recreational centres. With this comes ample opportunities for those keen to establish a construction company. But – if the frequent news stories tell us anything, it’s that these opportunities are often also exploited by unscrupulous contractors providing shoddy work.

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Topics: HSE, Construction, HSE best practice

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