keyboard_arrow_upSafety in the workplace – a management priority
keyboard_arrow_downSafety in the workplace – a management priority

Top management in South Africa should be directly involved in introducing and maintaining a safety culture in the workplace. This is the view of Graeme Smith, chief operating officer of Chryso Southern Africa. Smith was addressing employees at the Chryso annual Materis Safety Day function. Chryso SA is a subsidiary of the French Materis Group (one of the world’s biggest producers of speciality chemicals for the construction industry) which has made March 16 a day dedicated to health and safety in all its subsidiaries, globally.

keyboard_arrow_upSAQA certification for GMBA safety graduates
keyboard_arrow_downSAQA certification for GMBA safety graduates

The Gauteng Master Builders Association’s (GMBA’s) 2010 intake of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) cadets will be the first to qualify with the SAQA-registered (South African Qualifications Authority) National Certificate: Construction Health and Safety NQF Level 3, which was registered in March 2010. The students will graduated last month, February 2011.

keyboard_arrow_upHealth and safety support services
keyboard_arrow_downHealth and safety support services

The Health Safety and Environment (HSE) support service of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) provides extended assistance to GMBA members to support the thorough implementation of HSE programmes – for the benefit of the companies and their employees. Doug Michell, GMBA HSE specialist, says an HSE programme can only be successful and provide benefits if total implementation is achieved.

keyboard_arrow_upWomen succeed in HSE management
keyboard_arrow_downWomen succeed in HSE management

Lizzie Peterson, health and safety manager at Ambient Contracting Services in Edenvale, was recently honoured as the Gauteng Master Builders Association’s (GMBA’s) top Health and Safety Manager for 2010.

keyboard_arrow_upGMBA members win national safety awards
keyboard_arrow_downGMBA members win national safety awards

In the Federated Employers’ Mutual Assurance (FEMA) Health and Safety Awards presented towards the end of last year, two companies that are members of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) won top honours in their respective categories. BBM, a Sabie-based general building and civil engineering company won the FEM health and safety award for 2009 in the ‘High Risk, Small Employer’ category. Another GMBA member, Kevin Bates Flooring, won the award in the ‘Low Risk, Small Employer’ category.

keyboard_arrow_upResponsible Care in the chemical industry
keyboard_arrow_downResponsible Care in the chemical industry

Sika's commitment to health, safety, enviro-care and sustainability is a global endeavour, in line with the Swiss group's mission of constantly striving for new levels of excellence in the field of speciality chemicals. Sika SA recently reinforced this undertaking by signing the Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) Responsible Care pledge at its head office in Westmead, Durban.