Stellar star rating (back in person)

Stellar star rating (back in person)

The Noscars have returned, live and in-person, after a three-year break. The awards, coveted globally by any company serious about business ethics and safety, have been described as the highest level of excellence within the occupational health, safety, and environmental risk management industry. 

The ceremony and banquet took place at the magnificent Maslow Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria, in September. “We are thrilled to congratulate all the achievers at the Noscar awards,” Nosa declares. “These awards celebrate those who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and accomplishment in the Nosa Five Star System and the Nosa Integrated Five Star System.”

The association notes that this event marked its first face-to-face gathering post-Covid-19. “The Ndlovu Youth Choir graced us with their performance, and we were delighted to see a record number of attendees – a testament to the anticipation and excitement surrounding the event,” it says.

The Noscars are an integral part of recognising and acknowledging Nosa’s South African and international clients, and are only awarded after a rigorous verification audit process. “Eligible companies must meet stringent criteria and then maintain them for a period of three years in order to qualify for the Noscar award,” Nosa points out. 

These include:

  • A verification audit score of >95% for the period of review
  • A disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) of less than 0.8%
  • No fatal accidents
  • No diagnoses of an irreversible occupational health case
  • No major environmental incidents

Categories audited annually include leadership and worker participation; planning, support, and operations; performance evaluation; improvement; safety; health; environmental issues; risk management; systems; and compliance and effectiveness.

“During the period under review more than 800 industry and mining workplaces were audited by Nosa. Noscar companies in the past that gained this elite status represented 10% of the industry, both in South Africa and internationally, highlighting the significance of the achievement,” Nosa emphasises.

Workplace safety doesn’t happen by accident

The South African government established the National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) in 1951 to improve workplace safety. At the time, the country had recorded 4.1 deaths and disabling injuries per 200,000 employee hours. Within 25 years, this number had dropped to 1.1.

Over 70 years later, Nosa – now SafetyCloud – remains an industry leader in occupational health, safety, and environmental training. It has helped over 20,000 businesses to build their safety culture, and create healthy and happy work environments. 

Initially a free service to industry, Nosa was privatised in 2005. In 2018, it was bought by the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms, which kickstarted its digital transformation.

In recognition of the growing reqiurement for occupational safety professionals and the need for new skills to address the changing nature of work, SafetyCloud now offers more than 100 online courses. Delivered via a powerful digital platform, SafetyCloud online training solutions make it possible for anyone to start a career in workplace safety, in their own time, at their own pace. 

It still offers tailored on-site training and classroom-based teaching at 15 Nosa Colleges throughout South Africa.

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