#CareerFocus With Rinah Letsebe EHS Analyst At Eaton SA

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a young Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Analyst in the electrical and vehicle sector. With technical experience in the manufacturing field as a qualified electrician, I have led manufacturing teams and managed project planning. Problem-solving and team building are skills that come naturally to me. Additionally, I am qualified as an internal auditor for ISO 45001 and 14001, which keeps me updated with international standards.

A highlight of 2023 was my trip to Souriau Sunbank in France where I honed my skills in Environment, Safety, Security and Health management. This experience taught me not to limit myself and to globalise my aspirations. Beyond the office, I am an avid reader and enjoy engaging in self-care activities.

2. What work do you do?

As an EHS Analyst and Internal Auditor for ISO 45001 and 14001, I evaluate environmental health and safety risks in both the Electrical and Industrial sectors. I monitor compliance with legal guidelines and perform surveys, inspections, and audits. I guide the project management team on Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management systems. Additionally, I lead a Zero Incident Safety Culture, where every employee feels responsible for workplace safety, protecting their personal well-being as well as the well-being of their colleagues.

3. How long have you been in the industry?

I have been in the industry for 10 years. My journey started in 2013 through an electrical engineering apprenticeship. I later progressed to production planning and then found my passion in the environmental health and safety field.

4. Has your work always been your passion? Tell us why?

Growing up, I was always interested in the field of electrical engineering. However, my interests shifted once I started working and became exposed to OH&S systems. My passion grew from there, as I became dedicated to applying safety principles, analysing potential hazards, and adhering to safety standards specific to electrical engineering.

5. Being a woman in the industry – what does it take?

It takes patience and consistency. You must be a level-headed person, willing to learn and stay up to date with information in your specialty area. Supporting other women also plays a big role in the industry.

6. What has been the most difficult challenge of your career?

The most difficult challenge was changing careers. Even though I am still working in the same industry, but in a different role, the transition was certainly not easy. I am glad I seized the opportunity, as it has been by far the best decision I have ever made; I love it here.

7. What advice do you have for other women in your industry?

The tech industry is broad, so you must be open to continuous improvement and willing to learn.

8. Plans for the future?

I have exposure to global opportunities, so I plan to upgrade my qualifications to meet global standards. Additionally, I am open to traveling to other manufacturing sites to enhance my learning and become the best version of myself.

Find out more: https://www.eaton.com/za/en-gb.html