SAFETY TRAINING

OSHMAN believes safety doesn’t happen by accident and as such safety is a full-time commitment and not a part time practice.

An effective training program can reduce the number of injuries and deaths, property damage, legal liability, illnesses, workers' compensation claims, and absenteeism from work. Safety training classes facilitate a safety culture in which employees themselves help promote proper safety procedures while on the job. It is important that new employees be properly trained and embrace the importance of workplace safety as it is easy for seasoned workers to negatively influence the new hires. That negative influence, however, can be purged with the establishment of new, hands-on, innovative effective safety training which will ultimately lead to an effective safety culture. A 1998 NIOSH study concluded that the role of training in developing and maintaining effective hazard control activities is a proven and successful control measure.

COURSE DETAILS

Essential performance training

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Occupational Health & Safety Officer

Skills Programme Content for Safety Officer Skills Programme.

The Skills Programme is made up of the following Unit Standards:

  • US 259622 – Describe the functions of the workplace health and safety representative.
  • US 120330 – Conduct a continuous risk assessment in a workplace.
  • US 259639 – Explain basic health and safety principles in and around the the workplace.
  • US 9964 – Apply health and safety to a work area.
  • US 259617 – Conduct an investigation into workplace safety, health and environmental incidents.
  • US 259610 – Demonstrate basic understanding of the procedure for submission of compensation claims for injuries and occupational diseases.
  • US 259604 - Verify compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace.
  • US 259597 - Explain emergency preparedness and response procedures.
  • US 119567 – Perform basic life support and first aid procedures.
  • US 13915 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace.

The programme has a total of 35 Credits. Qualifying learners will receive a statement of results from HW Seta upon exit moderation of PoE’s.

Learners completing the Safety Officers course will on completion thereof be capable of:

  • Describing the framework of workplace health and safety legislation pertaining to health and safety representatives.
  • Explaining the specified requirements to conduct safety, health and environmental representation activities at a working place.
  • Addressing safety, health and environment related issues within their scope of authority.
  • Complying with the activities within safety, health and environmental structures.
  • Explaining the legal and specified requirements for conducting continuous risk assessments.
  • Preparing to conduct a continuous risk assessment.
  • Conducting a continuous risk assessment.
  • Initiating remedial action and follow up on Continuous Risk Assessment.
  • Explaining both employer and employee duties with regard to occupational safety and health in the workplace.
  • Explaining the general safety rules in a workplace.
  • Explaining the use and application of Personal Protective Equipment in a workplace.
  • Explaining the need for good housekeeping in the workplace.
  • Explaining and applying emergency procedures in the workplace.
  • Applying 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.
  • Describing requirements for workplace safety, health and environment incident investigation.
  • Gathering information for workplace safety, health and environment incident investigations.
  • Conducting post-investigation activities.
  • Providing an overview of current, relevant legislation pertaining to compensation for occupational injuries and diseases.
  • Describing the compensation procedure for occupational injuries and diseases.
  • Completing Compensation Commissioner documentation for occupational injuries and diseases.
  • Explaining the safety, health and environmental requirements applicable in a specific workplace.
  • Monitoring workplace compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements against specified requirements.
  • Evaluating performance of workplace safety activities required by safety, health and environmental management programmes.
  • Remedying workplace non-compliance to and non-performance of safety, health and environmental requirements and programmes.
  • Explaining different types of emergencies that may be encountered in a workplace.
  • Explaining various responses to an alarm.
  • Explaining actions required of a safety officer in an assembly area.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of emergency scene management.

** It should be noted at this stage that completing this Skills Programme will provide the qualifying learners with Junior Safety Officer ‘status’. Junior Safety Officers are required to work under Senior Safety Officers in order to gain worksite specific experience. In order to become a Senior Safety Officer or Qualified Safety Officer, registration with the SACPCMP is required. (visit www.sacpcmp.org.za for information)

This course is intended for those who wish to pursue a career path in OSH.

Fire Fighting Level 1

Fire arresting techniques and fire theory is combined with fire prevention techniques to provide a holistic approach to fire safety in the workplace. This course can be done by persons willing to be appointed as the workplace fire fighter and is best suited to a worker who will be spending the majority of their time on site.

Fire Fighting Level 2

This is an advanced fire prevention and arrest training program for those already experienced in the basic fire triangle theory. Suitable for high-risk environments and other more complex fire prevention and arresting needs.

This course can be done by persons willing to be appointed as the workplace fire fighter and is best suited to a worker who will be spending the majority of their time on site.

Evacuation Plan

To be prepared for emergencies is essential to a safe working environment. An accident can be extremely disruptive to a business and could lead to income loss. Adequate preparation will ensure a reduction in losses and streamline emergency procedures with the correct emergency equipment and manpower.

This course is suited to persons involved in the implementation or drafting of the companies HSE plan or safety file.

First Aid Level 1

Persons credited with this program will be able to provide primary emergency care/first aid in response to an occupational risk induced or any health emergency in their specific workplaces.

This includes:

  • Elementary and applied anatomy and physiology
  • CPR (Adults)
  • Basic wound care including abdominal injuries
  • Treatment of fractures including pelvic injuries
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Joint injuries and rescue carries
  • Multiple casualty management
  • Environmental injuries and injuries
  • Poisoning / bites and stings
  • Medical conditions including fits

This program is suited to most workers in moderate to low risk work areas.Persons wishing to attend this course should be willing to be appointed as first aider in their workplace and have a general caring attitude.

First Aid Level 2

Persons credited with this program will be able to provide primary emergency care/first aid in response to an occupational risk induced or any health emergency in their specific workplaces.


  • Elementary and applied anatomy and physiology
  • CPR (Adults / Children / Infants)
  • Advanced wound care including abdominal injuries
  • Treatment of fractures including pelvic injuries
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Joint injuries and rescue carries
  • Multiple casualty management
  • Environmental injuries and injuries
  • Poisoning / bites and stings
  • Medical conditions including fits

This program is suited to most workers in moderate risk work areas. Persons wishing to attend this course should be willing to be appointed as first aider in their workplace and have a general caring attitude.

General Safety

All employees should receive basic health and safety induction training to be able to work safely. This training module is designed to lay a foundation of OSH principles and create understanding about the risks to persons and property and promote a safety conscious culture.

Health & Safety Representative

This course is designed to enable you to effectively represent your fellow employees in matters relating to occupational safety, health and welfare in the workplace, understanding the importance of looking after your personal and your colleague’s mental health and well being in the workplace and have an understanding of what you can do to assist and support your colleagues in accessing local support services.

You will learn to apply the requirements of current occupational health and safety legislation to a workplace; identify and evaluate hazards in the workplace and recommend control methods; conduct effective health and safety inspections in a workplace; conduct effective investigations into workplace accidents or incidents; understand the role of health and safety representatives.

Incident Investigation

The three primary tasks of the accident investigator is to gather useful information, analyze the facts relating to the accident and produce a written accident report. The purpose of this workshop is to gain the basic skills necessary to conduct an effective accident investigation in the workplace. Only experience will ensure the expertise to fine-tune those skills.

Most of the information about conducting an accident investigation will come directly from the class as issues are collectively discussed, engaging and responding positively to answering basic questions and participating in and completing group activities. Students familiarwith and experienced in accident investigation are encouraged to participate actively so others may benefit from their valuable input.

Ultimately, students must conclude this workshop knowing how to conduct an accident investigation and properly complete an accident investigation report with confidence using our systematic approach.

It is generally assumed accidents are unexpected or unplanned events, however, in most instances this assumption is incorrect. The majority of accidents result from unsafe conditions and work practices which have been ignored or tolerated for weeks, months, or even years. In such cases, it’s not a question of “if” the accident is going to happen: it’s only a matter of “when.” However unfortunate, the consequences of the managerial decision relates directly to the inability or lack of commitment to influence the decision otherwise.

Mines Health and Safety Act

To equip delegates with the knowledge and skill of the Mine Health and Safety Act and the regulations to be able to apply the legal principles effectively within their organisation.

This training is best suited to employees who will be expected to adhere to or apply knowledge of the mine health and safety act.

Occupational Health & Safety Act

This module is designed to give delegates the understanding to be able to identify and apply the provisions of the act relevant to their operations to ensure compliance.

All employees should have a basic understanding of the OHS Act and to those in supervisory/ Managerial positions it is imperative that they have a thorough understanding of both the obligations/rights of workers and employers alike.

Risk Assessment (HIRA)

The ability to accurately assess risks on a work site is the basis of any effective OSH plan and is the basis of all OSH activities.

The construction regulation n requires the appointment of a competent risk assessor and also that risk assessments are conducted and all employee are made aware of the risks associated with the scope of work being undertaken.

Stacking & Storage

Designed to help employers and employees to develop safe and effective methods for stacking and storage to ensure compliance in terms health and safety legislation.

Good stacking and storage practices doesn’t just aid in ensuring good housekeeping practices but is directly responsible for eliminating a number of hazards to a storage area many of which could have potentially fatal consequences.

Working at Heights

Gravity is a strong force. If you blink our eye (0.3) seconds) you would freefall ± 0.5 meters. In 2 eye blinks time (0.6 seconds) you fall 1.8 meters – the length of a person. Is there time to think, work out where to grab? It's not the fall that hurts – it’s the sudden stop.

As we remember the statement, "it’s not the fall that hurts – it's the sudden stop", we must consider the present "tie-off" principle that we work with today.

Tie-off means to secure ourselves once we have reached our work destination. Workers need to have freedom of movement when working and the fall protection provided them must allow for that freedom. Fall protection should be from the point we first start to elevate ourselves not just when we get there. Most falls occur prior or post "tie-off".

All employees who work in a position where there is a risk of falling are required to be trained in working at heights.

Scaffolding Erector

Employees responsible for erecting scaffolds must know what a safe scaffold is in order to build it to the correct specifications and prevent accidents.

Elements covered in this program are:
Introduction / Use and application of scaffolding equipment, tools and PPE (personal protective equipment) / Loading, off-loading and storage of scaffolding equipment / Marking of defective equipment and quarantine areas / Preparing foundations / Erecting and dismantling trestle scaffolding.

Upon successful completion of the assessment, delegates will receive a certificate of competence, accrediting them as general workers of scaffolding. This is suited to persons who will be involved in the erection or dismantling of scaffolding.

Scaffolding Inspector

A competent scaffolding inspector requires a thorough understanding of traditional scaffolding including safety requirements and the identification of faults on basic façade scaffold structures. This course also facilitates delegates to ensure scaffolding erection has been carried out safely and correctly.

Learning assumed to be in place and recognition of prior learning:
Communication at NQF Level 3 / Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 / Read and interpret drawings and specifications at NQF Level 3 / Erect, use and dismantle access scaffolding at NQF Level 3.

This program fully equips persons to conduct scaffolding inspections (all types of scaffolds) to a height of 60m (system scaffolding). All relevant safety elements are thoroughly covered:
Components / Foundations / Standards and Tubes / Bracing / Ties / Classification of Platforms / Scaffold Access / Mobile Towers / Height Restrictions / Safety Precautions and Safety Signs / Scaffold Inspection and Hand-over / Control of Scaffold Operations / Responsibility of the Scaffold User / Scaffold Drawings / Design Loading Calculations / Written Assessment

Upon successful completion of the assessment, delegates will receive a certificate of competence, accrediting them as inspectors of scaffolding.

Maintain OHS and Housekeeping

Maintaining an effective housekeeping program greatly improves upon the overall workplace safety and is a very important part of a holistic safety program.

Good housekeeping skills are a valuable skill and a large part of the workforce would be able to contribute to effective safety management program with this added skill set.

Hand and Power Tool Assessment

This course sets out the basis of workplace safety by addressing a fundamental element to safe work that is well maintained and safe to use tools.

This course is appropriate for all employees who will in the course of their work use or inspect any hand or power tools.

Confined Space Entry

Confined spaces pose great risk to any person who enters, some risks include toxic atmospheres, low oxygen atmospheres and very limited means of regress.

This course will equip delegates to be prepared for some of the harsh conditions one might encounter working in a confined space. All level of employees would benefit from this type of training.

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