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What is HRO?

High Reliability Organizing (HRO) developed as a means to make an organization or unit stronger. In its natural state we historically found it in environments of danger or uncertainty such as military combat, firefighting, or business activities. While proactive components (plans and anticipation) and reactive components (after action reviews) are necessary parts of HRO, High Reliability itself derives from the ability of the organization and individuals to interact in real time with uncertainty or threat from the external environment.

HRO describes on the organizational level the structure necessary for High Reliability, on the social level the collaboration found in response to threat, and on the individual level the satisfaction of problem solving while modulating threat responses. These three levels facilitate the free flow of information and the migration of action for a quick response to, and interaction with, surprise or accelerating events. The High Reliability Organization emerges from the interactions between people responsive to the environment in an organization that allows this.


Mr. Francois Smith

Executive Team Member

SAACOSH (Pty) Ltd was first registered as a Closed Corporation (cc) on 19 January 2005, with the aim to establish an organisation that would have as its aim to uplift the professionalism of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Practitioners.

SAACOSH (Pty) Ltd has since grown into a multi-dimensional one-stop services company that addresses the health and safety needs of companies, practitioners, leaders, managers, supervisors and coalface employees alike through the following four distinct business focus areas:

a.    The Academy that provides accredited OHS training from level two (2) through level five (5), (SAQA), culminating in a three (3) year National Diploma in occupational hygiene and safety;

b.    Conventional health and safety consultation and training including contractor management and auditing;

c.    Assisting companies to become a high reliability organisation that hold safety and health as a core value equal in stature to honesty, openness and trust;

d.    Making safety training and other material such as DVD’s, courses, clips and case studies available through our media and products window available on our website.

 SAACOSH (Pty) Ltd is currently partnered with Transformational Safety and Future Media in Australia, ICL in Germany, Apollo 13 in The Netherlands, SATS and Growth-Link ín South Africa with long service engagements with multinational and blue chip companies such as Xstrata Coal and Alloys, PPC Cement, Tongaat Huletts, Afrisam Cement, Kumba Iron Ore, Everite Construction Materials, Assmang Khumani, Platinum Australia, and Debswana’s Jwaneng Mine in Botswana.

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