South Africa’s fast-growing safety and testing powerhouse SafetySA has relaunched its Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental training division under the brand SafetyCloud to position the division for future growth and innovation.
SafetyCloud encompasses SafetyCloud Online training solutions, NOSA Colleges and SAMTRAC, world-leading courses in Occupational Risk Management in the workplace.
SafetySA Group Chief Executive Officer, Pieter Erasmus says the new brand delivers premier health and safety training across a myriad of industries via classroom and the new online training platform, expanding reach and access to crucial training programmes.
“The group has been on a digital journey since the acquisition of the NOSA group by Carlyle Group in 2018,” he says. “Our in-person training and – increasingly – our digital training is an important part of the SafetySA group’s broader service offerings. We find that our large enterprise clients see an overlap between health and safety consulting, systems, training and testing, and therefore there has been an increase in demand for a single service provider across the health and safety spectrum. SafetySA group delivers across the board.”
Headed by Managing Director Chantal Gray, SafetyCloud delivers a comprehensive portfolio of certification and training courses, including ISO certification courses, warehousing and logistics training, driver training, driven machinery regulatory training, dangerous good training, safety in mining training, working at height training, emergency safety training, compliance training, and NEBOSH internationally recognised training on health, safety, environmental and risk management at all places of work. NOSA College also offers specialised training in specific skill areas including facilitation and NOSA protocols, including an Auditors Course, ITIS: Train The Trainer and NOSA Integrated Five Star System Navigator.
While NOSA College is renowned for its in-person training courses, having trained millions of South Africans since the 1950s, the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has also accelerated the roll-out of SafetyCloud’s digital learning programme. Erasmus says a catalogue of webinars and e-learning material is now available to participants to allow them to continue their training from remote areas. To assist participants who may not have easy access to computers or data, SafetyCloud will be embarking on the process of introducing digital hubs at its NOSA College campuses, where computers and internet access are available to enable them to complete e-learning programmes.
With innovation and service delivery a key priority, SafetyCloud’s mission remains to provide all future health and safety professionals with the highest quality Health, Safety and Environmental Training.
SafetyCloud falls under the SafetySA group alongside AssureCloud and MetrixCloud. With the motto ‘life is precious’, SafetySA’s risk management, health and safety products and services encompass occupational health and safety, OHS training and certification, environmental and food testing and quality assurance, and digital solutions. The group, built off the back of the acquisition of the NOSA group by the Carlyle Group in 2018, is showing solid growth and is positive about its prospects for further expansion in southern Africa and abroad.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and increased awareness of hygiene, health and safety, the SafetySA group has seen a surge in demand for our health and safety training, laboratory testing and digital services, and as restrictions on movement eased, we are also seeing exponential growth in demand for workplace safety services, testing, technology and consulting,” says Erasmus.