The best way to ensure your company is OHS act compliant is to have the right OHS team. This team will not only ensure your company complies with all the OHS act regulations but also avoids any nasty penalties (or worse, fatalities)
As an HR manager, training probably falls into your portfolio. And if so, then it’s your responsibility to ensure that you identify the necessary training needed for your employees with regards to your specific industry and company size, etc. You’ll need to find suppliers for these training courses too.
But more than simply finding a supplier, who do you send on which courses? Who will form part of your OHS team to ensure you are OHS act compliant? It’s important that an OHS team is established, rather than a single person or leaving this responsibility to the CEO (who is busy running the business on top of a million other things)
So, you’re probably asking “Why do I need an entire OHS team?” But having a dedicated team, with several representatives can reduce potential injury, costly downtime and most importantly, ensure that the company is OHS act compliant.
Why should management be part of your OHS team?
Sadly, many companies are not OHS act compliant. And as per the Occupational Health and Safety act, this is the responsibility of the CEO. If a serious incident or injury takes place at the workplace and your company is not OHS act compliant, the Department of Labour (DOL) will send an inspector through to investigate the reasons why non-compliance occurred. The consequence of this investigation could lead to fines and possible criminal liability or jail time for the CEO.
It stands to reason that because OHS act non-compliance can cost the company heavily, management and especially the liable CEO should receive OHS training.
Having management attend OHS act training will upskill them and empower OHS act compliance. Training provides management with first-hand knowledge of the occupational health and safety act and how to implement compliance.
How training a team on OHS act compliance benefits the organisation:
- A well-managed health and safety programme with obvious compliance benefits
- A positive and caring company, attracting the best talent
- Improved staff morale and productivity
- Reduced staff turnover and absenteeism
- Reduced healthcare and insurance costs
- Reduced risks of fines and litigation by the DoL and victims
- Increased skills for the health and safety team – first aiders, firefighters, evacuation marshals and health and safety representatives and supervisors
OHS act training courses available to management
There are several OHS act training courses available for the whole OHS team:
- Health and Safety Management Course – H&S Representative: This accredited course is for the OHS representatives who represent the employee’s interests at health and safety meetings and together with management, formulates and drive OHS within the company.
- Health and Safety Management Course – H&S Incident Investigation: This accredited course empowers the Incident Investigator with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct investigations correctly and confidently and implement steps to prevent re-occurrence.
- Health and Safety Management Course – H&S Risk Assessment: This course empowers the Risk Assessor with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct workplace risk assessments and thereby create a safer and better-prepared working environment.
- Health and Safety Management Course – H&S OHS Act: This accredited course is aimed at highlighting and navigating the important parts of the OHS Act, as well as ensuring that delegates are confident with the content and implications of the Act as a whole.
- Health and Safety Management Course – H&S 16.2 Workshop: This short (two to three hour) OHS workshop covers the important sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, to ensure your management is familiar with the applicable sections and content of the OHS Act. This is ideal for the whole management team.
- Health and Safety Management Course – H&S Supervisor: While your CEO and executive team are busy running the business, an OHS supervisor is appointed to represent their interest in health and safety and ensure OHS act compliance on their behalf. This course covers incident investigation, risk assessment and the occupational health and safety OHS Act.
- Health and Safety Specialist Officer Course: A highly recommended and in-depth 10-day course is designed for all staff who wish to take a leading role in OHS. It covers all the necessary health and safety content from first aid, fire-fighting, evacuation planning, HIV Aids awareness all the specific OHS act content. It is a recognized HWSETA skills program and successful completion of the course will see results uploaded onto the National Learner Registration Database against the completed skills program.
How to choose an OHS act training supplier
Your OHS act compliance, as well as all the benefits you’ll see from compliance, is directly influenced by your choice of OHS training supplier. You need to look for a training supplier that provides all the training and equipment necessary to ensure OHS act compliance. Their management service and training programmes must cater to your specific company’s compliance needs. It goes without saying that both training and certificates must be accredited and recognized by the various statutory bodies such as:
- The Health and Welfare Sectional Educational Training Authority (HWSETA)
- Resuscitation Council of South Africa (RCSA)
- American Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI).
- Department of Labour (DOL)
- South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health SAIOSH
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