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This is a 4 day course, the learner will complete the full course (4 unit standards) via eLearning to apply for Competent Certificate.
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The Implementing the OHS Systems course is carefully structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of how to develop an OHS management system from scratch and effectively implement it

Course outcomes:

Participants on completion of this course will know and understand:

Understand Regulatory Requirements when Implementing the 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 when Implementing the Ohs Systems:

  • 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:

  • 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.

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.

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.

Structure of the Implementing the Ohs Systems course

Implementing the Ohs Systems Module 1

  • The link between the OHS Act and a management system.
  • What a management system must have to be deemed to be OHSAS 18001 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 to implementing it effectively and then driving the system / programme to remain effective.

Implementing the Ohs Systems Module 2

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

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