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#GrenfellTower fire: How safety officials may have been derelict in their duties

Posted by NOSA on Jun 26, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The topic of fire - and fire safety - is extremely topical at present, both locally and internationally. Which is why we thought you'd be keen to see the latest article published on the SAMTRAC blog page. It takes a look at the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Towers in the UK, with nine essential points every safety professional should note when ensuring a building is equipped to handle similar kinds of emergencies. 

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Topics: Fire safety, HSE best practice, hse fails, HSE training

#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

The final 4 steps to rolling out your HSE training programme

Posted by NOSA on Jun 1, 2017 12:45:00 PM

In the second part of our overview on the eight-step process for rolling out an effective HSE training programme, we unpack the final four steps:

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Topics: HSE best practice, Safety training, HSE training

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

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 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

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

Six ways to tell your boss your workplace could hurt you

Posted by NOSA on Apr 13, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Sometimes you may find it tough to talk to your boss about workplace safety, but it’s important and it has to be done. Employers need to know about workplace hazards so they can take the necessary steps to implement policies and procedures to protect you and your fellow employees.

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Topics: Fatalities in the workplace, HSE best practice, hse fails

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