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Short Learning Programme
on
Occupational Health and Safety Management
To provide a framework for the empowerment of middle to high level management in Occupational Health and safety practices at work place.

Purpose of the course:

The programme is designed to empower participants to create safe and accident-free workplace, minimise human suffering, increase job satisfaction and productivity and reduce companies’ costs due to accidents, illness and absenteeism.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
N/A
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Basic experience of OHS in compliance with the South African Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

After completion of this course, participants will:   Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:

MODULE 1  (US 244288)

DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION IN THE WORKPLACE

  • Definitions related to OHSA
  • Purpose of the Act in the protection of the employees
  • Application of the Act in mediation.
  • General Duties of the employee and employers
  • Offences
  • Special orders of Court
  • Serving of Notice
  • Exemptions
  • Regulations

1. Discuss pertinent occupational health and safety legislation applicable to a specific workplace.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Identify relevant safety legislative and other requirements, directly related to safety practice including acts, codes of practice and SABS standards.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Explain the general aims and objectives of the relevant safety laws  and state the practical implications of all the relevant acts for safety practice in the workplace.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Explain the legal rights and responsibilities of employees, employers, line managers, safety representatives, safety committees, visitors, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers

2. Discuss and explain the application of the common law principles pertinent to health and safety in the workplace.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Identified and apply the principles of common law applicable to health and safety in the workplace to any given case study relevant to the workplace. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Provided an opinion on the legal position of all involved parties in the given case study in terms of the common law principles applicable to health and safety in the workplace. 

3. Explain the principles of the law of delict and of criminal law pertinent to an accident occurring in the workplace.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Identify the relevant principles of the law of delict and criminal law applicable to an accident that occurred in the workplace

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Describe the criminal and/or civil liability of a negligent party in terms of the principles of the law of delict.

4. Apply the current Act for compensation for occupational injuries and diseases in the workplace.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Apply the relevant sections of the current Act for compensation for occupational injuries and diseases to any given case. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

State an opinion on the legal position of both the employer and the injured party in any given case study in terms of the current legislation for compensation for occupational injuries and diseases

MODULE 2  (US 119926):

APPLY THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT AND THE MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT IN MEDIATION

 

  • Definitions related to OHSA
  • Purpose of the Act in t5he protection of the employees
  • Application of the Act in mediation.
  • General Duties of the employee and employers
  • Offences
  • Special orders of Court
  • Serving of Notice
  • Exemptions
  • Regulations

1. Define and apply the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA).

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Explain the definitions important in mediation in the OHSA and the MHSA in written form.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Explain in a written form the purpose of the OHSA and MHSA for the protection of employees in the South African context .

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Present the application of OHSA and MHSA in mediation.

2. Define the general duties of an employer, self-employed persons, manufacturers and employees as set out in the OHSA.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Explain in a presentation. the general duties of an employer towards employees and the general duties of employers and self-employed persons to persons other than themselves

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Discribe in a presentation the general duties of manufacturers and others regarding articles and substances for use at work. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Clarify the general duties of employers regarding listed work and their duty to inform.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Explain in a presentation the general duties of employees at work, in terms of the Acts. 

3. Define the duties of the CEO, the selection processes and duties of Health and Safety representatives and committees and general prohibitions in the OHSA

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Outline and explain in a written form the duties of the Chief Executive Officer as set out in the OHSA. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Summarise and explain in a written form the functions and designation requirements by the employer of a Health and Safety representative.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Present the functions and establishment of a Health and Safety Committee.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Clarify and outline in written form the general prohibitions as set out in the Acts.

4. Define prohibited deductions, the role of inspectors, disclosure of information and offences, penalties and special orders of court.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1

Ouline and explain in written form the prohibited deductions

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Clarify in written form the designation of inspectors and their duties. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Explain in a presentation the designation and duties of chief inspectors.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Simplify in a presentation the requirements and prohibition, of the disclosure of information, offences and special orders of court

5. Define exemptions, serving of notices and the jurisdiction of magistrate courts.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Describe the exemptions as set out in the OHSA. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Clarify the serving of notices as set out in the OHSA. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Explain in written form the jurisdiction of magistrates' courts.

6. Define the use of regulations as set out in the Acts.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

State a brief overview of the regulations of the OHSA and examples of applications by employees and employers

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Outline a brief overview of the regulations of the MHSA and examples of applications by employees and employers. 

MODULE 3  (US 15136):

MANAGE HEALTH AND SAFETY ON A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT 

 

  • Legislation and regulations
  • Safety management systems
  • Health and safety Policies and procedures
  • Develope Health and safety plans
  • Monitoring of The health and plans
  • Safety compliance
1. Demonstrate an understanding of Health and Safety on a construction site

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Explain the implications of Health and Safety Legislation and regulations pertaining to a construction sit.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Describe accurately the principles of safety management systems.

2. Assist with the development of Health and Safety policies and procedures.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Make appropriate recommendations regarding safety policies, procedures are to relevant persons.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Include industry and legislative systems and trends in your recommendations

3. Develop and implement a Health and Safety Site plan. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Identify accurately and measure appropriate, Safety needs and priorities of the project

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Assign appropriate duties regarding management responsibility for workplace safety. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Incorporate appropriate preventative strategies in to your safety plan

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Communicate safety plan to all staff members. 

4. Monitor the implementation of the Health and Safety plan, systems and procedures.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Meet all statutory requirements, including notifications and appointments. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Adhere to all Company policies, procedures and systems. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Detect and review timeously the safety compliance needs.

MODULE  4  (US 244283):

FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND MAINTENANCE OF A SAFETY, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM 

  • Applicable legislation
  • Health Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • SHEQ management systems

1. Discuss fundamental issues pertaining to occupational safety, health and environment.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Clarify Fundamental issues pertaining to occupational safety in the workplace. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Explain fundamental issues pertaining to occupational health in the workplace in terms of specified requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Describe fundamental issues pertaining to the environment according to specified requirements. 

2. Demonstrate understanding of safety theories and principles.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1

Apply fundamental theories of occupational safety in a proposed occupational safety management programme. 

3. Apply the fundamentals of risk management.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Explain the fundamental principles of risk management.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Apply the fundamental principles of risk management during the implementation of risk management strategies in the workplace. 

4. Apply SHEQ Management systems.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Clarify and determine the various elements and general requirements of SHEQ Management systems

   

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Explain and demonstrate the process of planning, implementing and maintaining SHEQ Management systems.

   
     

MODULE  5  (US 244523):

CONDUCT AN ERGONOMIC ASSESSMENT AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION

  • Definitions’
  • What is ergonomics
  • Ergonomics assessment
1. Explain the concept of ergonomics in the workplace.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

State the definitions and relevant terminology regarding ergonomics. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Explain  with examples the objectives of ergonomics in terms of the multi-disciplinary activities dealing with interactions between humans, their tasks and the working environments. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Elucidate the advantages of applying ergonomic principles in a workplace. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Clarify Ergonomic risk factors in the workplace and the influences of ergonomic risk factors upon persons in terms of health, safety, wellbeing and production.

2. Prepare for and conduct an ergonomic assessment.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Select and inspect the relevant personal protective equipment and instruments and explain the need for each item during the course of the inspection. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Explain the consequences of entering a workplace without obtaining the relevant permission in terms of health, safety and productivity.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Examine the area where assessment is to take place and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with whilst a full inspection is given for all actions in terms of consequences to health, safety and productivity. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Assess performance in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict, and record data continuously.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Describe work related hazards and associated risks pertaining to health and safety and deal with them on a specified manner. 

3. Perform post-assessment activities.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Analyse the results of the ergonomic assessment and compared with required specifications. Note deviations and deal with accordingly. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Clean and store the instruments according to manufacturer's specifications. Mark and set aside defective instruments for repair and testing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Complete detailed reports, in the required format, and submitted to designated personnel within the required time. Note recommendations for follow-up assessments for future reference. 

 

Assessment: 
Formative and Summative
Method of assessment: 
Summative: • Examination/ Case studies/ Group projects Formative: • Class tests /Assignments

Additional information

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Target group: 
Health and safety managers, human resource managers, maintenance officers, occupational nurses and paramedics (in government departments, municipalities, industry and commerce) and business owners.
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