This course will enable health and safety representatives to understand the objectives and legal requirements regarding health and safety in the workplace. The learners will be able to explain the rights, powers, functions and duties of the workplace health and safety representative and how any problems concerning health, safety and environmental may be handled. Learners will also be able to participate in the safety, health and environmental structures and measure these activities according to health, safety and environmental requirements.

This health and safety representative training course incorporates the specific outcomes and assessment criteria of the following SAQA registered Unit Standard:

SAQA US ID: 376981
Perform the Role of a Safety, Health and Environmental Protection Representative
NQF Level: 03
Credits: 4
Duration: 2 days (course duration can be adapted to our clients’ needs)


Course contents:

  • The statutory requirements applicable to a health and safety representative of the employer
  • Terminology
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act)
  • Responsibilities and designation of the health and safety representative
  • Responsibilities and duties of the employer
  • Employee rights
  • Responsibilities and designation of health and safety committees
  • Conducting safety, health and environmental representation activities in the workplace
  • Specific duties of the health and safety representative
  • Preventing accidents
  • Addressing safety, health and environment related issues within the scope of authority
  • Procedures for dealing with health and safety issues
  • Identifying hazards systematic approach
  • Monthly inspections; gathering info checklists
  • Health and safety committee meetings
  • Reporting issues
  • General safety rules and signs
  • Complying with activities within safety, health and environmental structures
  • Safety, health and environmental (SHE) Management System
  • Importance and scope of participation of the health and safety representative