BRS' team of expert consultants can assist with a solution for all your (O)SHLEFQ needs. Covering a wide variety of industries and backgrounds we can match an expert to your industry and business needs. Our professional team can work with you in providing sustainable solutions and protecting your most important asset - people.
The process of breaking down a job into its constituent steps, listing the hazards associated with those steps and developing procedures to reduce those hazards appears to be accepted theoretically in the SH&E profession more than it is practiced. Job safety analysis (JSA), sometimes called job hazard analysis (JHA), has long been a safety program building block. Is the process still useful as a risk control technique? Our Analysis will quickly identify any gaps in your (O)SHLEQ systems. We do this by reviewing and assessing your Namibian (O)SHLEQ legislation & compliance gap.
(O)SHLEQ Culture Development
It is important for any company to develop a HSE culture, where employees make safety, health, environment and quality part of their everyday practise. The only way to change the mind set and create a strong safety culture, is to make employees aware of the dangers in the workplace and what they can do to eliminate or minimise risks. In order to accomplish this, they should simply introduce the following:
• Induction system where all new employees learn what safety, health, environment and quality is and where they may be exposed to high risks.
• Create and implement safety posters in different languages.
• Create a forum where employees can report incidents, as well as come up with new ideas how to minimise certain risks.
• Set up a training matrix where employees will go through different awareness training.
• Create and implement different toolbox talks to communicate to employees before work starts.
• Set up a notice board where all decisions and new documentation can be introduced to all employees.
Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment
People often confuse “hazards” and “risks”. The identification and management of workplace hazards is a fundamental part of organisational safety and key in protecting your most important asset – people. Our Hazard Identification Experts can help you and your business to identify the hazards in your workplace and provide sound hazard management advice to reduce the risk to as low as reasonably practicable using the hierarchy of control.
Risk assessment is a key step in the risk management procedure of a business and involves identification of hazards/risks and the implementation of controls for the identified risks. Risks come in all shapes and sizes and can mean many things to a business. It can mean catastrophic collapse or a temporary interruption. If you don’t know what your risks are you cannot manage them appropriately in order to prevent repercussions.
Supervisor Support Programs
Simply put, the word supervision is derived from two words, 'super' and 'vision'. Super means 'from above' and vision means to see the work of others. Hence, supervision involves overseeing employees at work. Supervision is also a part of directing which is necessary at all level of management from the top to bottom.
Hence, supervision is directly responsible to get things or work done through his/her subordinates by issuing and instruction, laying down methods and procedures, guiding, coaching and training them.
A lack of supervision can have a negative effect on workforce stability, capacity, confidence, competence and morale. It is the job of the supervisor to ensure control over the activities of subordinates, check on workers who may waste resources and give feedback regarding complaints, grievances and problems of subordinates to superiors. Supervisors are also important because they play a key role in maintaining group unity among workers and making sure all instructions are communicated and understood by each employee.
Supervision also helps make sure a company creates workers who are skillful, knowledgeable, and clear about their roles and who are assisted in their practice by sound advice and emotional support.
Our supervisory courses aim to address all the relevant areas and equip new, as well as experienced supervisors with the tools and skills to effectively perform their duties while adding maximum value to their companies and teams.
SHEQ Policy & Program Development
It is of most importance that an employer conducts a safety, health, environment and quality policy & programme that declare and elaborate the commitment towards safety, health, environment and quality , as well as the objectives and targets set by management. The organogram will state the different responsibilities of each of the individuals in management. The programme describes how and when the employer will implement these different commitments and who will be responsible for each of the identified responsibilities. BRS can develop and implement all relevant policies programme.
Workplace inspections are a regular, systematic way of identifying hazards, assessing their risks and implementing corrective/preventative control measures. Whilst walking through your business site our team can help you identify hazards including slip/trip hazards, chemicals, plant, pedestrian movement, motorized plant, guarding, manual handling and more. Regular inspections demonstrate continued commitment to site safety.
Incident Investigation & Recording
When an incident occurs, it is important to know your legislative obligations and ensure it is appropriately managed and properly investigated. If someone is hurt or killed the Regulatory Inspector will want to see a best practice investigation of the incident. The area must be cordoned off, ensuring it is not disturbed and at the same time assure the safety of the surrounding area, most importantly the people before documenting the scene.
Root cause analysis (RCA) is a systematic process for identifying “root causes” of problems or events and an approach for responding to them. RCA is based on the basic idea that effective management requires more than merely “putting out fires” for problems that develop, but finding a way to prevent them.
BRS can help you to develop and implement best practice policy, procedure and systems to ensure any incident is effectively investigated. A good investigation can help you and your business minimize unwanted consequences and/or recurrence.
We have resources to provide an On-Site Safety Officer according to client needs:
• Part-time; or
Accident frequency and severity rates are not always the only measures to use for evaluating the effectiveness of a safety, health, environment and quality programme. Cases of occupational disease are often under-reported in these statistics. The emphasis is usually on injury-producing accidents, not all events. Since accidents/incidents are rare events, in small organisations the basis for comparison may be limited.
It is desirable to use a system review to measure the effectiveness of an (O)SHEQ program. An audit uses a checklist in which each element is subdivided into a series of questions. Each question is given a weighting factor depending on its importance. Records, observations, interviews, and questionnaires are used to evaluate performance for each sub-element.
Annual reviews appear to be more common but reviewing critical elements in the programme more frequently may be advisable. The review team, which should include representation from the joint safety, health, environment and quality committee, must receive appropriate training in review procedures. This procedure should include provision for target dates for remedial action and checks to confirm completion.
Reviews should target:
• (O)SHLEQ objectives and associated KPIs (Key Performance Indicator).
• (O)SHLEQ operational targets and associated KPIs.
• Responsibilities documented in the OHS procedures and other documents.
• Other elements of the OHS system identified as requiring a review.
Reviews must consider:
• Internal audit annual reports.
• Results of external audits.
• Accident/incident data.
• Changes in legislation.
• Changes within the organisation (for example: structure & activities).
Relevance, practicability and readability of documents under review:
• Safe Operating Procedures
• Risk Assessments
• Minutes of meetings
• Incident Reports
Associations, Outsourcing & Collaboration
We are in association with other OSHEQ service providers with the necessary accreditation to attend to your specific needs.
We outsource OSHEQ services to providers with the necessary accreditation to attend to your specific needs, e.g.
• First Aid
• Fire Fighting
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