Everyone who started their professional careers in safety has done a SAMTRAC from the old Compensation Commissioner sponsored NOSA. And for most it was a six week, or perhaps later a 4 week, course which enabled you to implement and audit the NOSA MBO Star-grading system. This once “proud to display” Star grading meant something. Today it might be highly debatable as there are so many trains on the same old TRAC.
Once you have done your TRAC, you are a competent person, or so they believe. This means you need to remove all the Risks from the workplace.
Like having a friend with benefits, the original Safety practitioner soon migrated to the “Elf and Syftie” practitioner with the promulgation of the OHS Act in 1994. They still did Safety, but also added a medical field to their “to-do” list. And they invented the SHAMTRAC. Defined as “a thing that is not what it is purported to be”, this SHAM training course (that’s what the -TRAC part stands for) added Occupational Health to the portfolio of the Safety Practitioner. Not good to be offering a sham, so they invested some extra money to add the Environmental Management Act to the portfolio and created the SHEMTRAC. Shem was one of the sons of Noah in the Hebrew Bible as well as in Islamic literature but not the inventor of the course.
When ISO9001 came out a few years later, Quality Management was added to our friend with benefits and we called it a SHEQ. Then in April 2001 Shrek, an ogre, embarks on a journey with a donkey to rescue Princess Fiona from a vile lord and regain his swamp. This soon caught on with employers and since everything the SHEQ did was risk-control based, the “risk management” portfolio was hooked on.
And so enters the SHREQ practitioner, a real friend with lots of benefits for the same price as a safety officer.
With this buy one get 4 free special, the work soon ran out for most qualified Safety Practitioners who preferred to stick to a real profession as a subfield of engineering. Even the various Institutes of Industrial Safety Engineers all over the world, saw a decline in Safety professionals as more and more left the practice for a more lucrative admin job of managing a bundle of ISO standards with a SHEQ paycheck. In SA, CHIISE (Chartered Institute of Industrial Safety Engineers) changed to ISM and later when IBM did the same, they became IoSM. In the USA ASSE recently changed to ASSM. IOSH UK never bothered to do either as the UK had elf and syfties since 1974.
Be that as it may, many SHREQS found the market being flooded with friends with benefits and opted to start their own businesses. This gave birth to a Training And Consulting industry or a TAC.
TAC in marine resource conservation, it is the Total Allowable Catch. This is everything you can catch in a year. Each specie is given a TAC. Exceeding the TAC will deplete the resource. And from the TAC, quotas are allocated to companies and individuals alike as commercial and recreational licenses.
In social activism, TAC is the Treatment Action Campaign fighting for the rights of persons with HIV/AIDS with a modern approach to human rights using anti-apartheid methodologies. So they are still stuck between throwing rocks at hard places and getting real action from their own government. TACky situation indeed.
In Health and Safety the it’s pretty much the same. It still everything you can catch in a year, but it’s also subject to the TAC where you end up. Yes, you guest it. The Training Advisory Committee will determine what specie you are as part of the TAC.
If you want something to get stuck and easily found on the internet, you add a hashtag #.
The safety profession has its own hashtag, called the #SHASTAC. The first S however alone represents 6 letters.
S for SAIOSH. It makes sense otherwise how would you fit CMSAIOSHHASTAC on a business card if you were a chartered member of that committee?
OHS loves TLA’s
We adore our three letter acronyms.
But we need more…. four, five, six, the smarter we are. The more “memberships” we have the more M‘s we can write behind our names. We call it Professional Credentials. (Leave the degrees for now)
It hides our real market value and replaces it with a sense of worth.
Here are my business cards. One has my name and contact details and the other has my credentials…..check out this guy!
He has more M‘s than Mamma Mia 🙂
He is a Pr CM, and a Pr CHSA, and also a MACPM, MACHASM, MCIOB, MESSA, MICOH, MIOSH, and Saiosh and MARCOSH. (No not Narcos!)
Then we have another guy. He has a PhD and a M.Sc degree. Which one would you think is the smarter one?
Feel free to leave your view in the comments, SafetyKoos.
That is why I opted out. Yes, I clicked on the “unsubscribe button”. I don’t want to be part of this cannery. All the same tins with different labels on.
What happened to the real Safety Professionals?
I am talking about the safety guy, the safety lady that walks into a workshop or a factory and immediately spots the hazards. The one that can see a problem and fix it without having to first write a procedure for “How to safely fix a safety hazard”.
If you are out there and want to start your own TAC, I want you on my team!
With the OHS Act “re-righting” the way we manage safety at work, WorkSafe™ is your answer.
Let’s work safe by creating safer workplaces. Not workplaces that manage safety, but safe work places.
If good housekeeping is “A place for everything and everything is in its place”, then a safe work place is “a place where everything is safe to use as directed and everything is directed to use as safe as possible”.
Killing one person every 5 years does not make you a safe workplace. It just makes you less dangerous than unsafe.
If you want Zero Harm to become a reality, create a safe workplace!
And getting a Safe Workplace Certificate is not getting a 5-star grading. It takes real work. Not paperwork.
Do you have what it takes? The answer is “No Bud!” if you start with a “Yes, but….”