Siphokazi Ngidi

The South African Sugar Terminal (SAST) has been awarded a four-star rating for its incredible efforts aimed at ensuring safety in the workplace. This achievement is for the 2019/20 season.

SAST aligns its Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management System with the NOSA five-star integrated safety management system. 

On 16 – 18 September 2019, SAST was audited by NOSA against the CMB 253 standard that ensures compliance with the NOSA five star integrated management system requirements by evaluating the effectiveness of the organisation’s HSE management system and its fulfillment. Basically, checking whether the organisation has a plan in place to ensure employee safety at work and that the plan is working effectively. 

This takes into consideration the assessment of risks in the workplace, the total number of incidents that have occurred as reflected by the Disabling Injury Frequency Rate (DIFR) as well as management’s commitment to ensuring the system is effective to our business.

The four-star rating is undoubtedly a big improvement compared to the previous seasons: for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 audit period, SAST had been awarded a three-star rating as the overall rating had taken prevalence of the incident rate despite the good effort rating.

This has been a collective effort – the SAST Management Team deserves kudos for the achievement!

Siphokazi Ngidi is Health, Safety and Environmental Officer at SAST