SETA Accreditation No. 6570

Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHS Act)

Workshop dates:

Johannesburg:  For future dates email
Durbanville, Cape Town:  For future dates email
Durban North: In-house only: For future dates email

Course Fee: 

Single:  R7,650.00 (R8,721.00 incl. VAT)

In-House Group Bookings:
Group bookings and in-house bookings are payable at registration.


In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1983 (Act 85 of 1993) as amended, a workplace with more than 20 employees is required to have a Health and Safety Representative. Health and Safety Representatives are required to have certain knowledge and skills to perform their functions.

Businesses often lack the knowledge and understanding of their legal responsibilities in this area and are unsure where to begin when it comes to implementing workplace safety measures.

This interactive and practical two-day workshop aims to provide delegates with a working knowledge of occupational health and safety that can be applied to any business environment. Delegates will gain the knowledge needed to ensure workplace compliance with the South African Occupational Health and Safety Act, and leave the course with the skills to effectively implement best practices that are legally compliant and applicable to any workplace.

Who should attend?

This is a 2-day workshop intended for Health and Safety Representatives, Shop Stewards and any employer or employee who is concerned about health and safety in the workplace.

The objectives of the course are:
  • On completion of this course delegates will understand their responsibility and accountability as demanded in the OHS Act and will be exposed to the intentions of the legislator and be able to explain the legal rights and duties of a Health and Safety Rep.
  • To provide the basic knowledge and skills required to perform the role of a Health and Safety Representative.
After this course delegates should be able to:
  • INSPECT the workplace and report back on those risks with the potential for causing an illness, injury, damage or loss
  • INVESTIGATE various incidents that resulted in a loss, focusing on the identification of causes and recommendations
  • PARTICIPATE actively in the company Health & Safety Programme
  • FUNCTION within the Health and Safety system, making positive contributions

  • Overview of theory of health and safety management according to the OHS Act.
  • Legal requirements and Compliance Audits
  • Risk assessments and hazard identification: fire risks, hazardous chemicals, playgrounds, laboratories, stores and all other offices.
  • Managing machinery, equipment and power
  • Managing of construction activities and incidents
  • Safety Files:
    The OHS ACT requires a site specific Health and Safety file for each construction related project which should include all changes such as building, painting, waterproofing, roofing, additions, electrical work, etc.
    These Safety Files should include safe work procedures, checklists, registers, minutes of meetings, legislative documents, attendance registers, training records, etc.
  • Incident investigations and Surveys:
    Investigations are done to determine the cause of accidents and establish ways to prevent and eliminate risk in future and Surveys are done to identify environmental impact, fire risk, noise, signage and general health surveys.
  • Reporting the findings
  • Training and Inductions:
    Employers are compelled to provide training where there is a real and predictable risk of the employee being the victim of an incident while attending to their duties. This type of training would be realistic ad practical regarding the severity and scope of the risk.
  • Managing health stressors substances
  • Emergency prevention, preparedness and response
  • Health and Safety Committees
    Appointing of safety committees and members and running an effective operation compliant to the OHS Act.
    This would include Health and Safety plans, emergency plans, evacuation plans.
    Create and maintain safety record keeping systems.
  • Event Safety:
    Appropriate application of the Safety at Sport and Recreation Events ACT 2 OF 2010 which should include due dates, notifying authorities, compiling relevant documentation, public liability, safety plan, risk assessment, liquor licensing, scaffolding, electrical compliance etc.
  • Safety signage
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