Any organization has a moral and legal responsibility of keeping their employees and visitors safe, by implementing and adhering to the Occupational Health and Safety act’s (OHS) requirements. This can be achieved by establishing an active OHS Committee with management and employee representation, which drives and ultimately ensures workplace safety.
The OHS act applies to all workplaces, industries, employers, employees, and contractors. There are hazards and risks in every working environment, such as loose electrical wiring in the administrative work environment, to the unstable mining rock face in the mining environment.
Workplace safety requires top and senior management’s buy-in and commitment, as well as involvement and input from the employees. It is, therefore, necessary to send specific employees to complete accredited health and safety-related training, which up-skills and empowers them. By understanding general or specific principles of health and safety and the OHS act, employees are able to assist in implementing and maintaining the required workplace safety and overall OHS act compliance requirements.
Tips to help you improve your workplace safety
- Create an active OHS Committee with management and employee participation;
- Identify all workplace hazards by conducting regular risk assessment, listing solutions and ways of reducing these risks;
- Develop an OHS training plan and matrix and appoint the health and safety team in writing;
- Make sure that all employees are aware of general health and safety and OHS act requirements and structures through regular communication and updates;
- Ensure all new staff received appropriate health and safety induction training;
- Have regular “OHS toolbox talks” on how workplace safety can be improved;
- Don’t fool around at work, always wear appropriate PPE when required and report any unsafe conditions to the OHS team or line management.
Courses You Can Complete
First aid training within the workplace is an important ohs act compliance requirement, as well as a good life-saving skill for employees to have. Not only for the office but also for their personal life as well. The OHS Act requires companies to train employees in First Aid, thereby ensuring that the workplace is prepared to treat any injuries or unexpected emergencies. The First Aid NQF Level 1 course is accredited, presented by registered paramedics and includes both theoretical and practical content such as scene safety, primary and secondary survey, bleeding control, wounds, fractures, burns, shock, CPR, medical and trauma emergencies and more.
Every year there are many workplace-related fires in South Africa, which enforces the importance of having staff trained in firefighting and fire prevention measures to ensure workplace safety within the workplace. The accredited 1 day Fire Fighting course is aimed at understanding the theory of fire, alongside techniques of how to implement a fire prevention program and how to extinguish the different types of fires using different extinguishers.
The Advanced Fire Fighting course offers additional theoretical information as well as exposure to additional firefighting equipment and extinguishing methods. Delegates also attend a practical firefighting venue on the second day of the advanced firefighting course, where they are exposed to bigger fires in different fire scenarios.
The OHS act requires employers to send their employees on various health and safety (H&S) training courses, for these employees to assist in maintaining workplace safety. Absolute Health Services has various accredited courses on offer with the following being the most popular:
H&S Officer: This specialized health and safety officer skills program course is aimed at empowering delegates with a broad holistic and logical overview and understanding of the OHS act and health and safety in general. Popular for anyone who wants to start a new career in OHS and learn how to successfully implement health and safety within the workplace.
H&S Supervisor: A very popular and comprehensive two-day course for managers, departmental heads, and supervisors. The course content covers a broad range of important sections and requirements of the OHS act, specific for supervisors and managers. There is a lot of information that is summarized and well laid out to highlight and understand important OHS-related information and content.
H&S Representative: H&S Representatives represent the employees’ interests in and at the OHS committee meetings and together with management, formulate and drive H&S within the workplace. It is an OHS Act requirement to have trained health and safety representatives in the workplace, to assist with workplace safety. The course empowers delegates by enabling them to understand and operate as representatives in any workplace environment.
Workplace safety is important for all employers, employees, visiting contractors, and visitors, in all work environments. Should you require our OHS training services, why not try out our Speedy Quote tool to obtain a quick and easy quotation. This will enable you to quickly know where you stand and what training requirements your company needs to become OHS training compliant.