Accidents are often thought of as random, unpredictable events. The reality is that this is not the case. Most “accidents” have specific causes, and in more often than not are preceded by several occurrences, commonly referred to as near misses. Accident and incident investigations gives us great insight into the root causes of accidents, and preventative steps necessary to prevent them from happening again.
The can pose many risks to health and safety. The Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993 requires the appointment of health and safety representative when the number of employees exceeds 20. Health and safety representatives play an important role in the success of a quality health and safety management programme. Part of their duties listed in the OHS Act includes: performing risk assessments, conducting incident investigations, responding to employee complaints concerning health and safety, conducting inspections and attending safety committee meetings.
According to Section 18(3) of the OHS Act of 1993, employers are required to provide health and safety representatives with training to enable them to successfully perform the required duties. The National Occupational Safety & Health Consultancy (www.safetytraining.co.za) offers both introductory and advanced courses for health and safety representatives. The introductory course covers the following: The OHS Act, appointments of health and safety representatives, checklists and inspections, accident prevention, unsafe acts and conditions, incident investigations and the functioning of safety committee meetings. Our advanced course also covers an in depth review of the Regulations pertaining to the specific . Upon completion, the candidate will be fully equipped to complete his duties in terms of the Act.