First ever NOSA Award for TPT container terminal

2016-05-11 06:00
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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.

Acting terminal manager of Ngqura Container Terminal, Noxolo Thabatha, said, “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.”

The NOSCAR award is the highest rating in the NOSA system and recognises organisations 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 PE 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 are a priority. This 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,” said Siya Mhlaluka, General Manager, Eastern Cape.

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. – REPORTER

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