Skills Programme: Planned Task Observations U/S 120337 & 9964

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Planned Task Observations Course:

The Skills Programme: Planned Task Observations course encompasses the entire process of a planned task observation at a workplace, including preparation, execution, documentation, and subsequent procedures.

Planned Task Observations (PTOs) are a proactive safety management tool used in various industries, especially in construction and manufacturing. Essentially, the primary goal of PTOs is to proactively identify potential hazards and subsequently implement corrective actions well before incidents occur. Here’s an overview of the key components and benefits of PTOs:

Key Components of Planned Task Observations:

  • Preparation: The observer chooses the task to observe, goes through the relevant safety procedures, and confirms their training in hazard identification.
  • Conducting the Observation: The observer monitors the task as it unfolds, checks for compliance with safety protocols, and spots any unsafe behaviors or conditions.
  • Recording Findings: The observer documents observations using a standardized form or digital tool, including details of the task, the observer, the workers involved, and any hazards identified.
  • Follow-Up Actions: The observer takes immediate corrective actions based on the findings.

Benefits of Planned Task Observations:

  • Enhanced Safety Culture: Regular PTOs demonstrate a commitment to safety and encourage workers to prioritize it in their daily tasks.
  • Hazard Prevention: By identifying hazards early, PTOs help prevent accidents and near-misses.
  • Improved Compliance: Observations ensure that safety regulations and company procedures are being followed.
  • Engagement and Communication: PTOs involve workers in safety processes, fostering open communication about safety concerns.
  • Continuous Improvement: The data collected from PTOs can be analyzed to identify trends and areas for safety improvements.

Incorporating PTOs into regular safety management practices can lead to a safer work environment, and a more engaged workforce. It’s a collaborative effort that empowers employees at all levels to take an active role in their own safety and the safety of their colleagues.

Planned Task Observation Course Outline:

SAQA aligned unit standard 120337

  • How to prepare for the conducting of a planned task observation;
  • Purpose of planned task observations;
  • The process of compiling Safe Operating Procedures;
  • Tools and equipment needed to conduct a planned task observationl
  • Recording of findings;
  • Feedback to stakeholders;
  • Implementation of follow-up actions.

SAQA aligned unit standard 9964

  • Identify potential hazards in the work area;
  • Control measures to remove or mitigate hazards;
  • Regulatory information relating to the Health and Safety plan;
  • Selecting of correct PPE, and maintenance;
  • Emergency preparedness;
  • Procedures relating to illnesses / injuries in the workplace.