Opportunities for growth created by the fourth industrial revolution

Last week the employees of the banks of South Africa had a scheduled strike regarding the fear of job loss as a result of automation, which was stopped by intervention from the court. The South African banking industry, due to a world-wide shift in the way that people use financial services, needs to continually evolve to adapt to international consumer standards. As a result of this migration, many banks are forced to restructure and sometimes reduce their number of staff.

South Africa’s six major banks have grown in staff by more than 4 000 employees over the past four years, proving that the banking industry remains a key employer in the South African market. Understandably, workers across all industries feel threatened by technology that can participate in business processes, but should rather view this evolution as an opportunity to upskill and attain a more rewarding employment status with a higher salary and better opportunity for growth. As any industry becomes more electronically driven, it creates opportunities in ICT, data analysis, business intelligence, UX design, UI design, graphic design, etc.

However, this participation cannot come from employees alone, management should encourage and equip their employees with the right tools for them to make the shift. Employers cannot simply expect their current employees to suddenly adjust, they need to be properly trained to be able to adapt and fully buy in to drastic changes in their working environment.

Safe Working Practice has developed i-Manage Safety in response to the growing demand for a comprehensive health and safety management system. We provide our clients with an electronic safety management tool to revolutionise their Health and Safety systems, as well as the proper training to upskill their employees to adapt to the growing requirements for Health and Safety and Food Safety. The system is accessible from anywhere in the world and allows our clients to effortlessly monitor and manage their legal compliance by means of a dashboard. Our team understands the importance of onboarding in the success of any management system, and do our best to ensure that there is full buy-in from all parties.

The Concept of Risk-Based Thinking

Safe Working Practice is a consultancy that provides our clients with complete health and safety compliance solutions, founded with the idea of promoting Health and Safety culture in the workplace. We strive to reduce the number of fatalities and disabling injuries in the workplace, most of which are preventable.

The key to success when it comes to health and safety is knowing the risks that your employees are faced with. Every company can benefit from a comprehensive risk assessment. Without a proper risk assessment, you won’t have the proper information to set up and manage your registers, legal appointments, toolbox talks, training, etc., leaving your company exposed to not only occupational risks, but business risks as well.

Throughout the years, we have found that one of the main reasons accidents and injuries on duty occur is due to the culture towards safety in the company. If employees are not properly trained to evaluate risk and be mindful of their own safety, as well as that of their colleagues, they cannot be expected to work safely. Moreover, when groups of employees work together and are not properly trained, they tend to develop unsafe working habits and can negatively influence each other.

Our vision is to provide a cost effective and professional Health and Safety management service with a strong emphasis on quality and client satisfaction. We believe that we can make a difference to people’s attitudes towards health and safety in providing our clients with a sound safety management system.

Safe Working Practice enjoys an excellent reputation in the Health and Safety consultancy profession through consistent service excellence and quality. We specialise in health and safety issues affecting the construction and road work industries, but we also service other sectors including wholesale and retail offices, corporate, warehouses, transporters, farmers, franchises, schools, golf courses, restaurants and wine estates, to name a few. Our consultants are professional, motivated and qualified to assist you with your every health and safety requirement.

“When faced with the task of crossing a road, the first thing most people would do is to look left and right. We do this so that we can take oncoming traffic into consideration. In fact, this act is second nature for most people, because we were raised and educated with the knowledge that cars traveling at high speeds can cause serious injury. Evaluating risk is a part of everyday life, therefore, safety is a part of everyday life. We need to do the same for our employees, we need to educate them and train them to think ahead and recognise potential danger.” – Chris Oosthuizen (Managing Director)