Our history and our future

Workplace safety doesn’t happen by accident.

The South African government established the National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA) in 1951 to improve workplace safety. At the time, the country had recorded 4.1 deaths and disabling injuries per 200,000 employee hours. Within 25 years, this number dropped to 1.1.

Over 70 years later, NOSA – now SafetyCloud – remains the industry leader in occupational health, safety, and environmental training. We’ve helped over 20,000 businesses to build their safety cultures and create healthy, happy work environments.

These businesses have not only decreased accidents in the workplace, but they’ve also cut costs and improved their B-BBEE scorecards.

Looking to the future:

The journey from NOSA to SafetyCloud

Initially a free service to industry, NOSA was privatised in 2005, and in 2018, it was bought by the Carlyle Group, which kickstarted its digital transformation.

In recognition of the growing need for occupational safety professionals and the need for new skills to address the changing nature of work, SafetyCloud now offers 100+ online courses. Delivered via a powerful digital platform, SafetyCloud Online Training Solutions makes it possible for anyone to start a career in workplace safety, in their own time, at their own pace. 

Our state-of-the-art e-learning capabilities allow us to reach more learners in more locations. We continue to offer tailored on-site training and classroom-based teaching at 15 NOSA Colleges throughout South Africa.

Why choose SafetyCloud as your HSE training partner?

We’ve been at the forefront of occupational health, safety, and environmental training in South Africa for over seven decades.

Our globally recognised skills programmes, qualifications, and work-based learning interventions have helped thousands of businesses to protect their people, stay compliant, and achieve their procurement, B-BBEE, and skills development targets.

SafetyCloud remains the number one choice for those wanting to enter the safety profession, enhance their skills, and improve their employment opportunities.

Companies part of SafetyCloud are accredited by a wide range of industry bodies, including:

  • merSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA),
  • ETDP SETA (Education, Training and Development SETA),
  • Services SETA,
  • TETA (Transport Education Training Authority),
  • IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), and
  • Saiosh (South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health).

1951

11 April: NOSA is officially formed by the South African WCC

30 November: NOSA organises the first Conversation of Safety Officers

1954

First NOSA Star Grading audits (based on 22 elements) take place

1964

First NOSA safety courses presented to industry

1974

South African national DIFR stands at 1.00

2005

28 January: NOSA is bought by MICROmega (a JSE-listed company)

2010

The NOSA Group is instituted

2015

NOSA acquires Action Training Academy, Aspirata, COID Support, NQA Africa, Passport 360 and Yonke

2018

1 April: The Carlyle Group (one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms), acquires the NOSA Group of Companies
30 November: NOSA achieves Level 4 B-BBEE status

2020

NOSA  launches its digital offering through E-learning and Webinar

2021

May: NOSA is now part of SafetyCloud, incorporating NOSA College and SafetyCloud Online solutions training

Jobs on offer

Find your perfect job

Are you looking for a career in safety? Do you already work in the industry, and want to upskill yourself to advance your career? No matter what level you’re at, SafetyCloud can connect you with a wide range of vacant posts.

Community involvement

SafetyCloud prides itself in being a champion of safe and sustainable workplaces and communities. Read more below about the social responsibility initiatives we support

2021 Winter Project: Imboyi Primary School

2021 Winter Project: Imboyi Primary School

NOSA’s (now SafetyCloud) annual winter project sees the organisation donating jerseys and beanies to disadvantaged schools in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal before the winter season arrives. This year, we supported Grade R learners at Imboyi Primary School in Mkhambathini....

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NOSA launches women’s safety initiative

NOSA launches women’s safety initiative

In an initiative spearheaded by NOSA Group CEO Karl Campbell, NOSA recently launched a campaign aimed at countrywide efforts to place greater focus and emphasis on the safety of women. To make every NOSA branch a safe haven for any woman in distress, NOSA will assist...

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Mandela Day: Each branch gives back to their community

Mandela Day: Each branch gives back to their community

In 2018 the NOSA Group took part in Mandela Day, the nationwide drive Day to devote 67 minutes to a charitable cause. Each branch and service line partnering with a local organisation to give back to local community, with collection corners set up across the country....

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Winter project: Imboyi Primary School

Winter project: Imboyi Primary School

NOSA’s annual winter project sees the organisation donating jerseys and beanies to disadvantaged schools in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal before the winter season arrives. In 2018, we supported Grade R learners at Imboyi Primary School in Mkhambathini. NOSA’s Training...

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Winter project: Cosmoore Primary School

Winter project: Cosmoore Primary School

NOSA is proud to have been involved in helping the Grade R learners at Cosmoore School in rural KwaZulu-Natal to keep warm and comfortable, by brand-new jerseys and beanies during the cold winter of 2017. NOSA’s Training Facilitator Cheryl Simchowitz shared the...

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