The Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) was accredited with a NOSCAR status recently by NOSA. The impressive score of 95% was achieved after the NOSA audit, which is recognised as an international benchmark in the management of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental risks.
“NOSA’s 2015 audit results, which have only just been released, not only show our outstanding performance in the realm of safety but reaffirm our commitment to teamwork and motivation as a terminal,” says Noxolo Thabatha, Acting Terminal Manager, Ngqura Container Terminal.
The NOSCAR award is the highest rating in the NOSA system and recognizes organizations that continuously commit to providing safe and healthy work environments for employees as well as the safety of cargo handled.
Until now TPT’s car terminals in Port Elizabeth and East London have been the leading lights and last October were recipients of NOSCAR awards for the fifth and tenth years respectively.
“Safety, management of risk for staff and goods alike and sustainability is a priority. It is one of the pillars of Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy and embedded in TPT’s value charter as it strives to attain and maintain a standard of safety, health, environment and quality. This goes beyond the minimum legislative requirements to ensure it becomes more competitive and efficient”, Says Siya Mhlaluka General Manager, Eastern Cape.
The NOSA audit, which is recognised as an international benchmark in the management of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental risks. Among the many items against which NCT was measured were the condition of the premises and housekeeping; mechanical, electrical and personal safe guarding; management of fire and other emergency risks; SHE incident recording and investigations (known as the disabling incident frequency rate DIFR) and organisational management.
2015 was a safety precedent setting year for NCT which achieved zero major incidents for two consecutive months in January and February. In the 2015/2016 year-to-date an incident rate of 17 was achieved which is a substantial improvement on the 37 incidents of the 2014/2015 financial year. This safety record affirms our commitment to not exceeding our safety target of 24 incidents in a year, said Thabatha.
“The safety focus for the 2016/2017 year will be on changing employee mind-sets to be safety orientated and to improving the terminal’s DIFR. Employees must be more vigilant safety agents and habitually undertake the role of being their brother’s keeper when it comes to looking out for their fellow colleagues,” she said.
“The many milestones and accomplishments achieved by NCT since its opening in 2009, particularly those regarding safety and risk have set an example for other container terminals to follow. Our successful progress towards our NOSCAR rating is another step towards ensuring our customers’ cargo is handled safely which is ultimately paramount to the success of our own business,” concluded Thabatha.