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SA SMTS executive director, Max Koen (left), and operations manager Jamie Richardson.

Safety Management and Training Services (SMTS) is an internationally accredited provider of training and health and safety consultancy services. SHEQ Management spoke to Max Koen, head of the company’s South African division, at its stand at the A-OSH Expo.

Koen, executive director of SA SMTS, said it was the company’s fifth consecutive year exhibiting at the show. He felt that it was the perfect platform to maintain the brand’s presence in the market.

“It also gives us an opportunity to remind the industry that we are training providers for the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (Nebosh) courses, which are now available across southern Africa from SA SMTS,” he continued.

“We have a full schedule of Nebosh International General Certificate (IGC) courses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein, as well as Windhoek in Namibia.”

In addition to these training courses, SA SMTS provides consultancy and advisory services, risk assessments and policy writing. It also develops safe systems of work, and undertakes client/contractor audits and management.

South African operations manager, Jamie Richardson, stressed the importance of the contractor management services. “Specific audits can be developed for a variety of industries to determine the suitability and competence of contractors and to exercise ‘due diligence’ of the main contractor.

“The benefit of this is twofold – it is a cost saving for our client in the long run, and it also ensures the safety of the contractor and his employees,” he explained.

“We like to think of it as ‘taking away the pain’ for our clients,” concluded Koen.

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