The Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) will be implementing a health and safety management plan, in order to improve the standards at its resorts countrywide.
The training started last week and it will last for one year.
The NWR is collaborating with Action Training Academy (ATA), an international body that offers various health and safety management related courses to individuals and organizations to implement a health and safety program.
This initiative is one of the major things that NWR has been looking forward to improve in order to offer its clients the best possible experience when visiting its national parks and resorts. To save the cost, NWR identified its Senior Human Capital officer, Loide Amutenya, who has been trained by ATA for the required knowledge for her department. Amutenya will then be responsible to train the rest of the people with the assistance from ATA.
“Through the knowledge I gained at ATA International as well as the British Safety Council exam I am confident that I will be able to implement the Health and Safety Management Solution throughout the Company with the help of ATA International”, says Amutenya.
The training is covering NWR head office in the capital and then it will be extended to all the resorts across Namibia.
Mufaro Nesongano, the Corporate Communication Officer at NWR said that apart from improving the Occupational Health and safety area, the company has not had any cases where they were not able to assist in any emergency situation, because they have medical assistance that is available for its employees and most importantly their clients.
With this program, employees will be able to know exactly what to do and when to do it, for instance in cases of fire accidents. Many companies pay no attention to training their employees how to use fire extinguishers, hence NWR decided to implement the program.
“Our aim is to have covered as many resorts as possible before our high season thereby giving our tourists a peace of mind when they are visiting our resort,” he said, adding that “key individuals from each resort and department that will implement the system at their specific resort or department.”
Nesongano concluded that the safety is the number one priority and that is the reason they have implemented the occupational health and safety initiative. He encouraged local and international tourist to consider visiting the resorts as their health and safety is recognized at all resorts national wide.
The program has started with the identification of resorts last week and the implementation will begin this week according to the formulated implementation calendar of the program.
Action Training Academy (ATA) International Training operations manager, Fabian Martens, confirmed that ATA is currently assisting NWR to implement their Occupational Health and Safety program in their resorts. Marten pointed out that the training is focusing on First Aid, Fire Fighting and evacuation procedures in terms of emergency. Marten said that it is requested by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare as a law that companies and Ministries must have individuals trained in First Aid, Firefighting and evacuation. He also added that it is important for the welfare of visitors in NWR resorts, because in most cases they don’t know those places. “In an accident situation where an individual sustained injury, the first five minutes are very crucial for that person to get basic first medical care while waiting for an ambulance,” he said.
NWR is not the first company that has approached ATA to have their employees trained, but there are some other companies and government Ministries which have gone through ATA’s training including the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ministry of Defence, City of Windhoek-Fire brigade and NamCor.
“Our services are on high demand and we are currently have two training centers, in Windhoek and Ondangwa.” Martens said.
He concluded by saying that they first give training and after the training is complete they draft a Health and Safety statement and policy for that particular company for smooth implementation. The ATA leads companies’ trainees into assessed practical exercises to ensure they acquired all provided skills throughout the training.