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Sue Nicholls “Corporate Group Risk Manager with Justin Hobday (L) and Duncan Carlisle (R) from NOSA. Sue Nicholls “Corporate Group Risk Manager with Justin Hobday (L) and Duncan Carlisle (R) from NOSA.

Air Products exceeded their previous records when they walked away with ten awards at the 2016 Noschcon Awards function. It is the most Noscars received in one year and with this record, they have raised the bar for themselves and proved that they are one step closer to excellence. As an organization that is known and respected for their safety track record, Air Products is determined to build on the success of these prestigious accolades.

Seven of the Air Products sites, including Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Pinetown, Empangeni, Witbank, Newcastle and Springs received Noscars for continuing to meet the stringent criteria in their last National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA) audits. As the overall sector winner, the Kempton Park Facility also received a Noscar.

In addition to these facilities receiving recognition for their efforts in protecting the environment as well as the health and safety of all our employees, two of the Air Products employees also received individual awards. Sue Nicholls received the “Corporate Group Risk Manager of the Year” award and Rushda Thomas the award for the “Environmental Coordinator of the Year”.

These awards highlight the commitment from individuals to continually improve vital aspects of safety, health and environmental management, not only for a specific facility, but for the entire organisation.

Corporate Risk Manager, Sue Nicholls commented: “Air Products has established a culture with a strong emphasis on health and safety and we appreciate the recognition that we receive for our consistent commitment to safety at the company’s nationwide facilities”.

According to Nicholls, the Noscar criteria are based on achieving high system compliance as well as a low disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) consistently for three consecutive years. The enabling factors for Air Products to achieve and maintain its Noscar status is largely due to the commitment from Air Products’ management and staff, coupled with a sound safety, health and environmental management system.

“Air Products is proud of our achievements and receiving Noscars provides us with the recognition and assurance that we are one of the top performing companies in safety, health and environmental management in South Africa. Furthermore, our employees can see that their efforts to participate in numerous health and safety-related programs have paid off. Lastly, but most importantly, with the recognition from an industry body such as NOSA, our customers are assured that we are managing the risks related to our services and products” she said.

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