SAFETY: SAB Caledon Highly Regarded
Recent Western Cape Business News
The South African Breweries Maltings plant in Caledon, Western Cape recently received the highest effort score within SAB, for its health, safety and environmental (HSE) risk management audit conducted by Nosa recently.
According to Nosa Chief Executive Officer, Gary Streek, the SAB operation achieved a score of 97,08% and suffered no injuries in the year under review, which will qualify them for NOSCAR status, should they win their respective competition category. NOSCAR status is achieved by obtaining a score of above 95% on the Nosa Integrated Five Star System standards, and having a disabling incident frequency rate (DIFR) of less than 0.8. The outcome will be announced at the 50th annual Nosa International Awards ceremony to be hosted at Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensburg in August 2011.
Currently NOSCAR companies represent less than 10% of all companies audited on the Nosa systems, which is a further indication of SAB Maltings’ outstanding achievement.
According to Streek, the management of their HSE systems is exceptional, particularly the programme for incident recording and investigation, operational risk assessments and the pro-active commitment of management. In addition, Streek stated that although findings were raised by the auditors, cognisance was taken of the fact that these findings were in the field of conventional safety, health and environmental management, and were raised as a basis for continued improvement.
Streek said that whilst Nosa audits traditionally focused on compliance, all audits are now risk based, which ensured the SAB Maltings audit was more thorough and more likely to indentify shortcomings within the system. To this end, management and the workforce ensured that HSE systems remained of the highest standard during this period.
Nosa, established 60 years ago in 1951, evolved from its humble beginnings as a semi-government organisation, to a private company that is now one of the leading global providers of comprehensive occupational risk management solutions, including training, consulting, audit and consulting services and products. Nosa trains more than 20 000 people annually and has a national footprint of 21 offices, with international operations in China, New Zealand, Namibia and Swaziland.
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