Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety

Millions of lives are lost as a result of workplace injuries. But why? A lack of knowledge and awareness of the common causes and hazards puts all staff at risk. This course gives an overview of the principles in the Occupational Health and Safety Act and increases health and safety consciousness in the workplace.  

The introduction course aims to provide a basic awareness of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the way in which it governs health and safety in the workplace. This programme serves as an introduction and basis for all other health and safety courses and should therefore be completed prior to completing other courses within this field.

Module 1: Safety in the workplace
Module 2: Overview of the OHS Act
Module 3: Role-players
Module 4: Health and safety representatives
Module 5: The health and safety committee
Module 6: Preventing/minimising workplace hazards
Module 7: Evaluate, monitor and report
Module 8: Hazards in the workplace

Who should complete the course?

The Occupational Health and Safety Act is of vital importance in all workplaces and therefore, all employees, employers, workers, Health and Safety Representatives, and Safety Committees should have this information at hand in order to ensure safe working environments.

How will learners benefit?

By completing this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify the different types of hazards within the workplace
  2. Explain the objectives, purpose and principles of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  3. List their responsibilities in maintaining optimal health and safety within the workplace
  4. Identify specific signage applicable to the workplace in terms of legal and organisational requirements
  5. Be aware of monitoring, evaluation and reporting of health and safety aspects
  6. Detail how to check for hazards and risks in the working environment

As this course is about creating awareness, no assessment will apply.