For the third year running, Botswana Breweries Limited has been awarded the globally recognized National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA) 5-star rating.
The award, which is the highest in terms of the star ratings, ensures that companies have thorough processes in place to manage occupational health, hygiene and quality management. The NOSA system also focuses on processes that manage social responsibility in the workplace.
Project Tshelang is the company’s managed health care system, which offers free anti retroviral drugs for employees and their immediate dependents as well as medical assistance for chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma.
“This award brings to life the quality credentials that we strive for, as underpinned by the framework on sustainable development which we deem fundamental to how we do business,” said Thomas Mpedi, BBL General Manager.
The NOSA five-star system standard is implemented by international organizations the world over, providing them with a rock-solid framework for managing workplace health and safety programmes.
The NOSA audit uses a five star grading system that focuses on the programme status and the Disabling Incident Frequency Rate (DIFR) of the company. NOSA awards a star rating based on the industry-established criteria, ranging from level 1 to 5.
NOSA also provides numerous standards under strict audit guidelines that manage safety, health and environmental aspects in an integrated manner. This is based on the risk profile of a particular site, with an emphasis on effectiveness at an operational level.
“Pursuit of excellence is standard practice at BBL, and we consider our employees as an integral part of our business. It is through them that we gain an enduring advantage. We believe that the health and safety of our employees is not just as an operational imperative but a human rights issue that needs to be upheld,” said Mpedi.
He added that BBL is very pleased to have achieved the coveted 5-star NOSA rating as this vouches for their remarkable efforts and commitment to ensuring adherence to occupational risk management standards in the workplace.