Skills Programme: OHS Management Implementation System, U/S 259601 & 259639

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Course outcomes:

Functional HSE System, the key steps for implementing a safety and health management program in the workplace, with a focus on South Africa.

Understand Regulatory Requirements while Implementing Ohs Systems:

Familiarize yourself with South Africa’s safety regulations, particularly the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) of 1993. This legislation governs workplace safety in the country.
Study any relevant industry-specific regulations and codes of practice to ensure compliance and gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal framework.

Conduct a Thorough Risk Assessment:

Before implementing the safety management system, perform a detailed risk assessment.
Identify potential hazards and assess associated risks. The OHSA requires employers to do this and implement controls to mitigate risks.
Engage relevant stakeholders, involve employees, and document the findings of the risk assessment process.

Develop a Clear Safety Policy as part of a Functional HSE System:

Craft a concise safety policy that communicates your organization’s commitment to safety.
Outline objectives, responsibilities, and expectations related to safety management.
Ensure the policy reflects your organization’s unique context and challenges in South Africa.
Involve employees in the policy development process for ownership and buy-in.

Functional HSE System, Establish Safety Procedures and Processes:

Once the safety policy is in place, create detailed safety procedures and processes.
Address specific hazards and risks identified during the risk assessment.
Develop step-by-step guidelines for incident reporting, emergency response, hazard identification, and risk assessments.
Tailor these procedures to align with South Africa’s regulatory requirements and industry best practices.

Provide comprehensive employee training.

Training is pivotal for a successful safety management system.
Ensure employees are aware of safety policies, procedures, and protocols.
Consider specific training modules on hazard identification, risk assessments, emergency response, and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Regularly update and reinforce training to address evolving safety concerns.

Functional HSE System, Form a Safety Committee:

Create a safety committee with representatives from various departments and organizational levels.
Foster a collaborative approach to safety management by involving stakeholders in decision-making and implementation.

Remember, a well-implemented safety management system not only protects employees but also promotes a culture of safety within your organization

Structure of the course:

Functional HSE System Module 1

The link between the OHS Act and a management system.
What a management system must have to be deemed to be ISO 45001 compliant.
The importance of categorizing a management system.
The requirements for the implementation of a health and safety management programme.
How to implement the procedures for evaluating health and safety performance at the workplace.
To evaluate the performance of workplace safety activities.
The importance of all employees’ involvement in implementing it effectively and then driving the system/programme to remain effective.  

Functional HSE System Module 2

Duties of Employer and Employees
General Safety rules in the workplace
Potential Hazards
Personal Protective Equipment
Good Housekeeping
Emergency procedures

Purpose of the course:

The Implementing Ohs Systems course is structured to ensure that there is a full and complete understanding of how to approach an OHS management system from scratch and how to ensure its full and effective implementation.  

Target group:

This course is aimed at all health and safety managers, engineers and other persons directly involved in the implementation and management of health and safety within any organisation.
People wishing to have a full understanding of OHS at the workplace, the purpose behind OHS and also how to successfully implement it.
Health and Safety Representative.

SAQA unit standard aligned:

Functional HSE System Unit standard 259601

Participate in the implementation and evaluation of a safety and health management programme in the workplace.  NQF Level 2 is worth 2 credits.  

Unit standard 259639

Explain basic health and safety principles in and around the workplace at NQF level 2 is worth 4 credits.  

The skill, knowledge, and values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Environmental Practice NQF Level 2. 

Certificates:

Attendance and Competent certificates will be issued electronically, in PDF.