About

Welcome to Advantage A.C.T’s website.

We provide Occupational Health, Safety, Environmental & quality (SHEQ) products and services to our valued clients on the African continent.

Advantage A.C.T will be 15 years young in 2015 and we aim to continue making a difference in the SHEQ-field for many years to come.

The purpose of this site is to provide you with a quick glance into our world, our culture and SHEQ competencies.

Please contact us should you require additional information.

SHEQ Training

At Advantage A.C.T we aim to provide our clients with a learning experience that they will not find anywhere else.

We try and make the knowledge and skills you receive on our SHEQ courses last longer, our course facilitators to go further and the learners to reach higher.

Being a Health & Welfare SETA accredited institution (South Africa), we believe in effective knowledge and skill transfer through outcomes-based SHEQ courses.

We believe, the quality of our SHEQ training help our clients be more successful.

Auditing

Advantage A.C.T. is equipped to offer auditing services on the ISO9001, ISO14001 as well as OHSAS18001 standards.

Our auditing services benefit from our practical management system implementation experience that can only be gained through a blue-chip client-base.

We have strong Legal Compliance audit capabilities that extend further than mere Occupational Health and Safety Act or Mine Health and Safety Act compliance.

Advantage ACT believes that the quality of our SHEQ auditing services help our clients be more successful.

Consulting

Our consultants assist industry and mining organisations to implement complete solutions for their Occupational Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality needs.

We know how to obtain managements’ commitment, write a SHEQ policy, compile procedures, appointment documentation and registers.

With the consulting experience gained during the last 10 years, we know what a ISO/OHSAS-based management system should consist of.

Our knowledge of integrated SHEQ systems help our clients be more successful.

Upcoming Courses

ISO9001:2015 BSCIC/IRCA Lead Auditors Course

This new quality standard is the replacement for ISO9001: 2008.  Our lead auditor course equip delegates with international guideline knowledge and
skill towards becoming a lead auditor within the ISO9001:2015 auditing discipline.

Date:  4 – 8 July

SHE Skills for Supervisors

Learners will have an understanding of the purpose and objectives of national Health and Safety legislation and are able to use this knowledge to identify Health, Safety, and Environmental hazards in their workplace.  They are able to manage the day-to-day risks associated with their job and work area, report deviations, and initiate appropriate remedial action.

Date:  22 – 24 June

First Aid Level 1

The First Aid Level 1 course covers a great deal, yet is kept at a basic level. These basic skills are often what make the difference between life, serious injury or death. Dept. of Labour registered.

Course Date: 6 – 7 July 2016

Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (HIRA)

Risk Assessment is the foundation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Mine Health and Safety Act. Learn how to identify, weight, and assess Safety, Health and Environmental hazards and participate in HIRA activities.

Course date:  3-4 August 2016

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Recent Events & Blog Posts
NEWSLETTER JULY 2016

Imminent Changes to the South African OHS Training Landscape

by Joep Joubert

Background

Most of our readers are by now aware of imminent changes to the South African training landscape. When the SAQA Act was introduced in 1995, it started a long and laborious process to better regulate the SA training landscape, to amongst others, redress the inequalities of the past. This lead to things like the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), unit standards and unit standard based qualifications, which we complained about, but today is as much part of our day as having a meal.

Most of us did not realise the impact at the time, but our landscape is again in the process of changing due to the introduction of the NQF Act, 67 of 2008, that replaced the SAQA Act and introduced the concept of three quality councils, namely Umalusi, the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and the one that concerns us most, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations or the QCTO as more commonly known. This article would like to briefly explore some of the more pertinent changes to the OHS training and qualification landscape that will soon start impacting on us all.

QCTO Qualifications VS Unit Standards

The NQF Act was introduced after extensive research on why unit standards based qualifications were not embraced as well as anticipated, and it now tries to address these reasons to make training in SA work better.

The NQF Act makes provision for the development of new qualifications that will eventually replace the current unit standard based qualifications. These new qualifications are now called occupational qualifications. Of course there are many differences between the old and the new but arguably the biggest difference is the fact that qualifications are now no longer built on unit standards, but knowledge subjects, practical skills modules and work experience modules.

Another huge change will be in the assessment of qualifications. All learners who in future wish to acquire a full qualification will have to be assessed by an external assessment quality partner (AQP).

In practice this will mean that learners will do their training with a training provider, the practical skills component will be done through simulations either in class or under controlled conditions in selected workplaces, the workplace experience will be gained under supervision in approved work places on completion of which the learner will do his final

integrative assessment with the AQP. We will explore more detail in this regard in later newsletters.

Current status in OHS?

You may be aware that there were processes that took place since 2011 to redevelop the qualifications in OHS as well, to align with the QCTO requirements. You may have seen drafts of the new qualification that were circulated at that time. This process was delayed in 2013 when the OHS community could not agree on who should be the Assessment Quality Partner (AQP) for this qualification. In 2015 the process was re-activated and it was agreed that DQS would act as the AQP. The qualification was submitted to the QCTO at the beginning of this year and is currently in the process of consideration, first by the QCTO Board and then final approval by the SAQA Board. If all goes well the qualification could be approved by the end of 2016.

The Advantage A.C.T. Position

As always, Advantage ACT intends to be a leader in this changing landscape and because Joep Joubert was actively involved in this whole process right from the start, we are in an excellent position to be just that.

Advantage ACT has started a process to analyse the new qualification and intends packaging it into modules that align with both the qualification and existing client requirements, so that learners will not only learn what they need in the workplace, but it will be packaged in such a way that they are in a position to start building towards a full qualification, should they so wish!

Time Frames

Although the registration of the new qualification is dependent on the QCTO and SAQA processes and it is out of our control, Advantage ACT took a strategic decision to immediately start the process. This so that we are ready to register as soon as the qualification is registered and the QCTO starts accepting applications for accreditation of Skills Development Providers (SDP’s).

This means that we will be talking to our clients in the near future to get your inputs in terms of the packaging of module/course content. We anticipate that our more popular courses should be aligned by the end of this year.

Watch this space for more detail!!

Future Issues:

We have a number of very important and interesting matters that we would like to address in future issues of this newsletter, amongst others:

  • What are the current trends in OHS thinking?
  • How does the delay in the release of ISO45001 impact companies that have OHSAS18001 already?
  • What are the detail requirements of a QCTO qualification?

And many more!!  So please watch this space, it will become very interesting!!

 


New Management Team at Advantage ACT!

Joep Joubert has taken over as Managing Director for Advantage A.C.T., Steam LCS and AGO Certification.

Joep has more than 26 years of experience in the OHS field and has held positions at Technikon SA, NOSA, DEKRA Norisko, SAACOSH and ComPrac, before he started Pinnacle Occupational Safety and Health Services. Joep is the current President of the Institute of Safety Management and he sits on the CHS committee of the SA Council for Project and Construction  Management professions (SACPCMP). Joep is well known in OHS training circles and was the last Chairman of the SGB for Occupational Health and Safety. Joep holds an MBA (OHS) for the University of Southern Queensland and the NHD in Safety Management from Technikon SA.

 

 

Gordon Olivier has taken over the responsibilities of General Manager at Advantage ACT.

Gordon has many years of experience as technical trainer and facilitator in Occupational Health & Safety (OHS).  Gordon received his electrical diploma at Durnacol Mine and was exposed to drilling and blasting, long wall mining and continuous mining in a Coal Mining environment.  From there he moved to Transnet as a Technician and later as a technical Facilitator. Gordon was also a Technical Facilitator with the Tshwane University of Technology before moving  to NOSA as a lecturer ending his service there as a Project Manager. He was a Senior Facilitator with Dekra Norisko before joining SAFEMAP as a Senior lecturer . From here to SHERISK and then his own company.  He has done the City & Guilds of London Facilitators course and was an accredited Assessor & Moderator with the Health & Welfare SETA. Gordon is registered as an Occupational Safety Practioner (ROSPrac) with the board of registration for Occupational, Health Safety and related professionals (OHSAP).  Gordon has lectured on behalf of the University of Pretoria to Anglo American  regarding  Risk Management Processes  to all senior management (A3 level). Also is lecturing to Supervisors (A2 level) and floor staff (A1 level).

The new team took over from Philip Fourie, from the 1st of May 2016. After acquiring Advantage ACT, Philip realised that he would not be able to do justice to the challenges posted by the job and he decided to sell the company to the Pinnacle Group of Companies.

The strategy of the new team will be to maintain business as usual, making sure that the high standards set will not be compromised!

Testimonials
Brilliant opportunity to benchmark my Safety Plan knowledge!
- Michael Collins
Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa

I use Advantage ACT's training and consulting services.
- Letadi Mphai
Director Safety - City of Tshwane

I've been in SHEQ for years now and still learned a lot on Friday.
- Johann Becker
HSE Coordinator - Sodexo
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Spotlight
VIDEO: ImproChem, wins AECI safety award!

In this video you’ll hear from Derek Arnoldi, ImproChem Corporate SHEQ manager about what it takes to win the AECI safety award.

Advantage ACT provides health & safety training and consulting services to ImproChem.

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