Unit standard 9964 (Module 2) (E)

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Course Overview: Unit standard 9964

This unit standard is for those people giving an induction of health and safety principles to new personnel and the person credited with this unit standard is able to explain the duties of both the employees and employers with regard to Occupational Safety and Heath in the workplace.

It will also enable learners to apply basic health and safety legislation in the form of standards and procedures governing health and safety in the workplace, to ensure that they contribute to a safe, healthy environment for themselves and others.

Learning Assumed to be in place

GETC NQF Level 1 literacy and numeracy competencies.

Specific requirements pertaining to this course: Unit standard 9964

  1. Firstly, implications of exposure to hazardous substances and hazards include reference to a possible chain of events that could result from not removing, reducing, or reporting a hazard
  2. A health and safety program includes hazard identification, risk assessment and a health and safety plan.
  3. Statutory requirements include current national regulations applicable to construction, including acts and regulations, ordinances, by-laws, directives, standards, guidelines, and codes, issued by a legislative body such as parliament, provincial administrations, local authorities and other bodies so empowered by any of the former.
  4. Regarding Acts and Regulations, all pertinent national legislation is included.

Qualifying learners understand and can explain:

  1. “Firstly,” learners understand and can explain terms such as “hazard,” “hazardous substance,” “risk,” and “safe” as described in the Occupational Health & Safety Act (Act no. 85 of 1993). They also grasp the relationship between these concepts.
  2. “Moreover,” they are aware of statutory requirements related to workplace safety.
  3. “Additionally,” learners comprehend workman’s compensation procedures.
  4. “Furthermore,” they are knowledgeable about relevant national regulations.
  5. “In addition,” they understand health and safety regulations.
  6. “Consequently,” they recognize the implications of not following procedures related to illness or injury in the work area.
  7. “Similarly,” they engage in health and safety planning.
  8. “Likewise,” they are familiar with the use of protective clothing.
  9. “Equally important,” they know how to operate fire extinguishers.
  10. “Lastly,” they are well-versed in procedures for incident reporting and recording.