Is Your Workplace as Safe as it Could Be?
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act No 85 of 1993, employers are required to provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and free of risks to the health of their employees and all those directly affected by their business activities. Ensuring best practice is particularly important during the current COVID-19 pandemic as businesses are operating under demanding circumstances that require total health and safety compliance to help ensure the well-being of all stakeholders.
UKZN Extended Learning’s Safety, Health, and Environment (SHE) Management programme - which has been revamped to address all concerns associated with the Coronavirus - began on 24 May this year with participants from various industries undergoing skills training on how to manage health and safety issues within their occupational environments.
Organisations require health and safety practitioners and representatives to implement and manage the current mandatory safety regulations. Participants on the SHE management programme will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to assist their companies handle compliance and maintain a health and safety culture through robust management systems.
The programme content focuses on developing analytical and problem-solving skills which assist individuals to react swiftly to business challenges and changes in these turbulent times.
Issues surrounding the fundamentals of occupational health and risk management are also addressed to ensure delegates are well informed on theories, policies, and principles involved in the SHE programme for practical application in their various work environments.
The programme will assist anyone wanting to acquire an excellent foundation to equip them to handle the daily management of SHE related activities within their organisations. It is also beneficial for current SHE representatives who want to gain a better understanding of health and safety regulations regarding COVID-19.
Words: Nkosingiphile Ntshangase