Walking the talk

From left: Justin Hobday, NOSA’s managing director; Christopher Morsner, HSE manager for DEKRA’s Medupi operations; Brian Sayer-Hickson, DEKRA’s group special operations manager; Carina Brink, the HSE manager for DEKRA’s Secunda operations; and Duncan Carlisle, CEO of NOSA Global Holdings.

Many companies say that they offer excellent service, but talk is cheap … Dekra Industrial RSA lives up to this promise and has the Noscar Awards (plus some other accolades) to prove it

Brian Sayer-Hickson, DEKRA’s group special operations manager, points out that occupational health, safety and environmental disciplines form an integral part of the company’s overall objectives in affording clients an excellent service in the field of non-destructive testing.

“These services are also carried out strictly in accordance to the rules and regulations, as prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act of South Africa,” he explains.

This tenacity hasn’t gone unnoticed as DEKRA obtained its second Noscar trophy at this year’s Noshcon. The award ceremony was held on the last day of NOSA’s occupational health and safety conference and exhibition. A fitting venue as it played host to leading industry experts, all converging at the Champagne Sports Resort, in KwaZulu-Natal, from September 15 to 18.

“DEKRA won one Noscar this year and one last year – in the name of our former company, Raysonics, which was bought out by DEKRA,” Sayer-Hickson points out. “In addition to the Noscar Award, DEKRA was also the winner of the 2014 NOSA National Sector Industry Category.”

He adds that the company won these awards through hard work, effective communication, motivation and constant reviews, as well as updating of policies and procedures. Staff training at all levels and a dedication in achieving the desired results to enhance the safety of its staff, as well as all other persons on any of its operations throughout the country, also played its part.

“A Noscar Award is the most prestigious award in the field of occupational health, safety and environmental risk management in South Africa,” Sayer-Hickson notes.

“This award is recognised internationally. It shows that an organisation has measurable and remarkable dedication in maintaining the highest levels of excellence in its occupational risk management performance.”

He continues: “What is interesting to note is that, last year, only seven percent of all NOSA clients attained this remarkable award.”

“A Noscar indicates – to our board of directors, as well as to all our clients – that, as a company, we are committed to ensuring that our entire workforce performs in a safe manner, so as to minimise any risk of injury,” Sayer-Hickson points out.

“It also shows that safety, health and environmental matters form an important and integral part of our activity in the field of non-destructive testing,” he adds.

DEKRA isn’t planning to stop this “quality onslaught” anytime soon. “We will continue to strive for excellence in the field of occupational safety,” Sayer-Hickson reassures. “Excellent performance is in our nature as leaders in the non-destructive testing industry in southern Africa. All our management and staff are committed in retaining the excellent name and status that we are proud to hold in the industry we serve.”

He adds that DEKRA achieved a 5 Star group rating for the NOSA 5 Star Integrated HSE Audit in May, 2015 – “so DEKRA will be in line for another Noscar in 2016”.

Keep walking the talk, DEKRA.

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