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Management Legal Liability



Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 242668)

Our Management Legal Liability course cover everything from law and legislation to “what” is the purpose of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Employers will often be held liable for the conduct of their employees. Even if the employer had no intention or the motive for harm and played no physical role in the harm. To understand why, you have to understand two basic concepts “employer/employee responsibilities and liabilities” and understand minimum compliance’s by implementing management control and workplace safety inspections.

The practice of occupational health and safety, as well as the OHSA, is one of those ‘things’ which impose responsibilities and/or obligations on employers and, by ignoring those duties, employers continuously put themselves at risk. Failure to fulfil these legal responsibilities employers, employees could be prosecuted both under civil and criminal law, which may result in fines and/or even imprisonment.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of the Act and the accompanying Regulations
  • Explain the requirements for minimum compliance stipulated in the Act.
  • Interpret the management controls required to achieve compliance
  • Explain the obligations of managers in terms of communication and training

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



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Management Legal Liability Learning Outcomes

This course is intended for all managers who should know the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the consequences of non-compliance. It will be useful for managers at all levels as well as safety and security officers, compliance officers and learners in commercial and industrial insurance. The area of focus of this programme will be;

The Act And Regulations

The Need for Safety, Health and Environmental Protection

Law and Legislation

  • Common Law
  • Statutory Law
  • Health And Safety Legislation

Occupational Health and Safety Act 85, 1993

  • The Purpose Of The Act
  • Department Of Labour
  • Objectives
  • Standards


Statutory Rights, Responsibilities And Liabilities

  • Rights In The Constitution Of The RSA – Act 108, 1996
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Employee Responsibilities
  • Employee Liabilities
  • Employer Liabilities

Requirements For Minimum Compliance

Health and Safety Representatives

  • Functions of Health and Safety Representatives
  • Explanations

Health and Safety Committees

  • Functions of Health And Safety Committees
  • Health And Safety Meetings
  • Who Must Attend These Meetings
  • Documentation Of Meetings
  • Powers Of The H&S Committee
  • Explanations

Other Legal Requirements

  • Inspectors
  • Explanations

Legislated Duties

Cost Of Incidents

  • Social Impact
  • Financial Impact
  • Cost Of Incidents
  • Incident Ratio

Implement Management Controls

How To Work Safely

  • Safeguarding Machinery And Equipment
  • Burns From Electrical Apparatus
  • Company Vehicles

Hazards And Risks

  • Physical Hazards
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Biological Hazards
  • Ergonomic Hazards
  • Psychosocial Hazards
  • Classification of Hazards
  • Risks

Unsafe Acts And Conditions

  • Unsafe Acts
  • Unsafe Conditions

Safe And Productive Work Area

  • The Internal Responsibility System (IRS)
  • Internal Responsibility For Health And Safety
  • The Need For Procedures
  • Follow This Procedure
  • Identify Workplace Hazards
  • Controlling Workplace Hazards

Workplace Safety Inspections

  • Causes Of Accidents
  • The Need And Purpose Of Workplace Inspections
  • Types Of Inspections
  • Persons Responsible For Inspections
  • Planning And Preparation
  • Doing The Inspection
  • Completing The Inspection Checklist

Reporting On Hazards and Unsafe Conditions

  • Steps To Follow When Reporting
  • Methods Of Reporting

Control Measures (Corrective Action)

  • Risk Control Measures
  • Maintaining Risk Control Measures
  • Examples Of Corrective Action That Can Be Recommended
  • Practical Measures To Control Hazards

Communication And Training

Management Obligations

Safety Training

  • The Role Of On The Job Training In Preventing Future Accidents
  • Controlling Losses By Teaching People
  • Aims Of An On-The-Job Training Programme
  • Coach Employees
Entry level requirements into this programme
  • Certified copy of your ID document.
  • School certificate Grade 12 or Skills certificate equivalent NQF Level 4 or Trade test certificate.

Target Audience

Committee managers safety and security officers, compliance officers and learners in commercial, industrial insurance, committee members, employees and 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 e Learning platform.

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