The International Labour Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency, estimates that approximately 2,3-million people succumb to work-related accidents or diseases globally every year

That translates into 6 000 deaths every single day. The ILO adds that, worldwide, there are around 340-million occupational accidents and 160-million victims of work-related illnesses annually.

But, how many employees are kept alive and well by good occupational health and safety products and services?

We believe that the manufacturers and suppliers of those products and services need recognition – hence the introduction of the SHEQMAG Awards, which are intended to be the most prestigious health and safety awards on the African continent.

They recognise organisations that have demonstrated commitment to occupational health, safety and well-being, regardless of their size or the sector in which they operate.

Why should companies enter the SHEQMAG Awards?

It takes time, effort and hard work to develop, manufacture and deliver occupational health and safety products and services. While providing well-deserved recognition to companies, the SHEQMAG Awards also help to:

  • Motivate teams;
  • Prove a company’s success, both within the organisation and to others in the industry;
  • Benchmark a company against other leaders in the field;
  • Win new clients, partners and business opportunities; and
  • Showcase the company’s commitment to producing products and delivering services that promote excellent health and safety standards.

How to apply for a SHEQMAG Award

Applying for a SHEQMAG Award is simple. You may enter any product or service applicable to the field of SHEQ management. Once you have decided which products and services you wish to enter (there is no limit on numbers), just follow these steps:

  • Complete the application on the website:;
  • Submit before April 30, 2020;
  • Pay the application fees; and
  • Diarise the awards function, which will take place at the A-OSH exhibition in Johannesburg in June 2020.

The cost of entries

It costs R2 000 per entry into the SHEQMAG Awards. Members of the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) qualify for a 25 percent discount (so they pay R1 500 per entry).

Special awards

There are three special awards. There is no charge to enter these awards:

  • SHEQMAG Product/Service of the Year;
  • SHEQMAG Company of the Year;
  • SHEQMAG Wellness Initiative Award.

SHEQMAG Product/Service of the Year Award

All products/services entered via the process already described automatically qualify for this award. The SHEQMAG Product/Service of the Year Award will honour the outstanding product development achievements of one health and safety manufacturer whose product/service is considered particularly noteworthy in its ability to improve workplace safety.

SHEQMAG Company of the Year

This award acknowledges one company that has played an exemplary role when it comes to SHEQ management.

SHEQMAG Wellness Initiative Award

This award gives recognition to one company that truly focuses on the occupational health of its people.

Key dates

December 2019: Publication of the 2020 SHEQ MANAGEMENT Handbook, which includes the launch of the SHEQMAG Awards.

April 30, 2020: Deadline for submission of entries.

June 2-4, 2020: Winners announced at awards function at A-OSH Expo, Africa’s foremost OSH trade show, which takes place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.

July 20, 2020: Deadline for confirmation of participation in Issue 4/2020 of SHEQ MANAGEMENT, in which the winners will be celebrated.


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