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.
As a corporate leader, global competition and razor-thin margins can pressure your employer to make financial decisions that conflict with health and safety standards. As health and safety professionals, it can become tiresome, having to constantly justify necessary spend. Let’s be honest – we know the safety training our company needs, and perhaps in the interests of getting that training, we’ll opt for the ‘discount’ option in order to please our employers and their bottom lines while still meeting our HSE legal requirements.
In reality, however, current safety statistics show that improving work site safety practices reduces both direct and indirect employee costs in the long run, saving money and even the company itself. Here’s how paying cheap now can cost you dearly later.
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.
Every year, the Minister of Transport laments the horribly high road death statistics, always calling for greater awareness and care from South African drivers.
There is a continuous demand for identifying new and creative ways to mitigate hazards in the workplace. In face, workplace health and safety risks not only have a tremendous impact on the livelihood and wellbeing of emplyees accross all industries, but they can be exceptionally costly to companies that need to address on-the-job injuries. A significant number of employees suffer from a slip, trip or fall injury every year, sometimes costing employers hundreds of thousands of rands for each incident.
Prior to 2016, substantial improvements have been made in terms of achieving zero harm in the mining industry in South Africa. The Chamber of Mines (in 2016), indicated that “the mining industry has made significant progress over the past two decades to improve safety and occupational health in the mining sector, with an 87% reduction in the number of fatalities between 1993 and 2015. Unfortunately, the Chamber of Mines’ 2016 statistics show a 14% increase in fatalities.
The efforts you make in lowering your company’s carbon emissions don’t rest entirely with you – how your suppliers conduct their business activities will also have an impact on your overall carbon footprint. An effective way to ensure they are responsible suppliers is to use the following checklist when you begin working with them. Remember, a supplier that appreciates its obligations to the environment will carry ethical corporate responsibility across its entire operations.
In many of our interactions, we meet health and safety professionals determined to follow legislation – the only problem is they don’t always understand what it is they’re required to do.
We’re here to help. In the next three blogs, we’re going to break down the following sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act):
- Employer responsibilities
- Employee responsibilities
- General prohibitions
Topics: Risk management
Recently NOSA hosted a successful safety forum in Brits, South Africa. Attendees were lucky enough to sit in on presentations given by our leaders in occupational risk management.
Four industry experts were given the opportunity to present on topics - educating, advising and guiding attendees on the importance of legal compliance within a workplace as well as food safety services, fire safety services and general products and services NOSA has to offer as a company.
Safety while working at heights is such an essential part of of your occupational health and safety practices that it usually has its own designated group of skilled professionals monitoring processes and procedures. Here at NOSA, we certainly do.
With this in mind it’s a good idea to know exactly what equipment you’ll need to effectively manage and mitigate your working at heights risk, in conjunction with the fall protection plan you already have in place. This blog post sets out to do just that.
Topics: Risk management