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Apply occupational health, safety and environmental principles



Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 113852)

This course is focused on providing delegates with knowledge and skills to fulfil their SHE Rep functions by assisting safety officers, identifying hazards and risks in the workplace and are required to attend health and safety meeting within their work environment. Delegates are empowered to play a vital role in ensuring a safer working environment within their respective companies.

Learners acquiring this course will be learning towards obtaining a national qualification or are working within a health and safety environment, where acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to learner’s job, or chances of finding employment.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Identify hazards
  • Evaluate hazards
  • Control hazards
  • Explain and using relevant legislation’s
  • Gathering and organizing occupational health, safety and environmental information from the workplace
  • Carrying out occupational health and safety training

COURSE DURATION: 1 Week Maximum or 2 days full time.



Quality Assured Partner: Transport Education And Training Authority

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SHE Representatives Learning Outcomes

Learners acquiring this course will be learning towards obtaining a national qualification or are working within a health and safety environment, where acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to learner’s job, or chances of finding employment. The area of focus of this programme will be;

Potential Hazards In The Workplace

  • Definition of Safety
  • What is an Incident
  • No Loss Incidents
  • What Causes These Incidents

Unsafe Acts And Unsafe Conditions

  • Causes of Unsafe Acts
  • What are Unsafe Acts
  • What are Unsafe Conditions
  • Why A Driver Should Be Bothered About Physical Risk Management And Accident Prevention Activities
  • Accidents
  • The 3 Basic Causes Of Accidents At The Workplace
  • The Most Common Accident Types
  • Identifying Hazards In The Workplace

Safety Warning Symbols And Signs

  • Colour of Signs
  • General Information Signs
  • Warning Signs
  • Fire Fighting Information
  • Prohibiting Signs
  • Mandatory Signs

Removing, Reducing Or Reporting Potential Hazards

Safety Practices

  • Safety Practices To Prevent Hand Injuries
  • Safety Practices To Prevent Eye Injuries

Safety Precautions For The Manual Lifting

  • Basic Rules For Preventing Manual Handling Accidents
  • Lifting Techniques
  • Preparing To Lift
  • Kinetic Method Of Lifting
  • The Load

Possible Chain Of Event Without Having Safety Measures In Place

  • Floor Openings, Stairways And Open Sides Of Buildings

Safety Measures When Using Electrical Equipment

  • Electricity
  • Step By Step Procedure To Wire A Plug Correctly

Using Portable Electric Tools

  • Maintenance Of Portable Electrical Equipment, Including Extension Cords

A Health And Safety Plan

  • Risk Assessment
  • “Loss Control” And ‘Physical Risk Management”
  • Why Should A Business Have An Occupational Health Programme
  • Mechanical Safety
  • Machine Guarding
  • Housekeeping

Advantages Of Housekeeping, Stacking And Colour Codes

  • The Effect Good Housekeeping Has Upon Staff
  • General Safety Precautions On Any Premises
  • Safety Precautions Regarding Moving Machinery
  • Maintenance On Mechanical Equipment
  • Inspections Or Repairs On Machinery And Moving Machinery
  • Precautions When Using Hand Tools
  • Safety Check List For The Flammable Liquid Store
  • Precautions Regarding Clothing
  • Precautions To Be Taken In The Building Or Breaking Down Of Stacks
  • Workstations, Store Rooms And Storage Facilities

Electrical Safety

  • Cables, Plugs And Sockets
  • Precautions When Using Electrical Equipment Or Power Tools
  • Lighting Safety
  • Fire Safety Plan

Establishment Of An Effective Physical Risk Management Programme

Problem Areas Relating To The Use Of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • What Factors Influence The Use Of (PPE)
  • What (PPE) Is Available

Who Is Responsible For The Operating Of Physical Risk Management And Occupational Health And Safety

  • General Duties Of The Employer
  • Duties Toward The Health And Safety Organisation Of His Employees
  • Duties Of Employees In Terms Of Act 85 OF 1993
  • Good Housekeeping Is Required By Legislation
  • Safeguarding Of Machines According To Regulations
  • Damage Incidents Registers And Reports
  • Safety Precaution Regulations For Mechanical Handling Equipment
  • Setting Of Standards
  • Legislation Regarding Protective Clothing And Equipment

Where And How Should Fire Extinguishers Be Mounted To Be Readily Accessible During Emergencies

Safety Symbols And Other Suggested Methods For Indicating The Position Of Fire Fighting Equipment

Fire Prevention And Protection

  • What Are The Main Causes Of Fire
  • Fires Are Divided Into Classes
  • The Proper Use Of A Fire Extinguisher
  • Inspection And Maintenance Of Fire Extinguishers
  • Registers To Be Kept For All Serviceable Fire Extinguishers

Procedure For The Identification Of Emergencies

  • Instructions That Should Be Given To New Personnel When They Begin Their Employment To Ensure They Can Identify Emergencies
  • Procedure In The Event Of A Fire
  • The Use Of Fire Blankets In Event Of Fire
  • Checking Fire Extinguishing Equipment And Alarm Systems
  • And Conducting Fire Drills

Reporting Of Injuries

  • Reporting Of Injuries To The Relevant Persons
  • Reporting And Recording Procedures

General Information About The Workmen’s Compensation Fund

  • Who Pays Into The Fund
  • What Injuries And Diseases Are Covered
  • What Can Be Claimed
  • Procedures for workman’s compensation
  • How Do You Claim Compensation For Occupational Injuries Or Diseases
  • Claims Will Only Be Paid If They Are Submitted In The Correct Way In The Proper Time
  • Where Must The Claims Be Sent To
  • Who Pays The Claim To The Injured Worker
  • Writing And Delivering Incident Reports

The Purpose Of Keeping Minutes And Records

Risk Management Process

Emergency Plans

  • Lists Requirements For Emergency Escape Procedures And Routes
  • Lists Requirements For Employee Emergency Action Plans
  • Lists Requirements For Emergency Response Plans
  • The “Ten Step Hazard Analysis”

How To Create A Smoke-Free Workplace

  • Smoke-Free Policy
  • Assistance For Smokers
  • Procedures For Breach Of Policy

Worker’s Health And Safety Rights

  • Reducing Dangers In The Workplace – Employers
  • Health And Safety Representatives – Employers
  • Procedures For Dealing With Accidents – Employers
  • When Must Accidents Be Reported

Strengths of Safety Representatives

  • Being friendly and approachable
  • Being socially skillful
  • Facilitating open and clear communication between people
  • Cultivating cooperative relationships
Entry level requirements into this programme
  • Certified copy of your ID document.
  • School certificate Grade 10 or Skills certificate equivalent NQF Level 3
Target Audience
  • SHE Unions.
  • Employees and Committee Members.
  • Management or Supervisors.
Online technical requirements

The system requirements for the Moodle user are modest. All you really need is a solid, reliable internet connection and a modern web browser which can be downloaded within our eLearning platform.

Operating system
  • Windows: Windows vista or higher.
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X or higher.
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