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#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

How to roll out your safety training

Posted by NOSA on May 29, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Most occupational health and safety legislation requires employers to provide training to employees that enables them to perform their work in a manner that is safe and without risks to their health and safety. We all recognise the value and benefit of workforce training – it makes workers more efficient by increasing production, revenue, and profits while decreasing costs, waste, and inefficiencies. Effective training can lead to increased compliance with regulations. It can even lead to a happier, more satisfied workforce, which in turn reduces turnover and costly on-boarding. But it needs to be done properly and effectively – you cannot blaze forth with half-formed plans and vague ideas of how to proceed.

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Topics: Occupational Health and Safety, Safety, Safety training

9 crazy – but TRUE – safety facts

Posted by NOSA on May 25, 2017 12:05:00 PM
We should always, always take safety seriously, but safety information can be both informative and entertaining. Now that we’ve got your attention, take a look at these nine safety facts that seem crazy, but are in fact 100% true.

 

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Topics: work safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Safety

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

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

Here’s a way to spend the last of your budget wisely

Posted by NOSA on Mar 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM

For many companies, we’re fast approaching financial year end. This is the time to review what remains in our budgets and find ways to spend what remains in a way that is responsible and productive, while avoiding wasteful expenditure that can harm your bottom line.

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Topics: HSE, training, Safety, Budget

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

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

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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