The QCTO option towards a qualification is exciting news. Part and full qualifications that are controlled by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations are dedicated to vocations (occupations) and trades where a holder can say "I am a xxxxx" as a result of his or her acquired qualification. All qualifications include at least three elements of learning, theory, practical and experiential learning, in varying proportions, in addition to the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills that are required to understand the content, to accumulate the required number of credits in order to enroll for the external independent assessment and issuing of the certificate. Registered service providers may offer either part qualifications or the full qualification AS WELL AS in-house certified components or topics that make up the qualifications. SHEQAcademy currently only offers the in-house topics or courses, simply because the registration for service providers have not yet opened because the qualification is not yet released. It is expected by mid 2017.


Rationale

Occupational Health and Safety is a core element of the success of all enterprises globally. The right to
working in a safe and healthy environment is entrenched in the South African Constitution. The accountability for Occupational Health and safety is shared by all stakeholders and there are well established global practices and processes for ensuring occupational health and safety. Over the years the development and implementation of these systems have become a science on its own. Line managers are trained in these processes and a cadre of specialised employees have been established to develop, implement and monitor the effective use of these global best practices.

This qualification is aimed at building the competence levels of this cadre of employees. The qualification also covers the work that will be done by the legislated OHS representatives. This qualification meets a critical industry need. It is aligned with the national development strategy, and it will enable employees from all the different technical work areas to embark on a career path in Occupational Health and Safety management. Vast numbers of employees will annual go through the Representative Part Qualification. All organisations in South Africa require the services of at least one Occupational Health and safety Practitioner.

The training for this cadre of employees is currently fragmented and done through a series of short courses.

This qualification will standardise this situation and will enhance the levels of compliance in this area.

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as an Occupational Health and Safety
Practitioner.

An Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner serves as a facilitator and advisor to employees andmanagement regarding safety and health aspects in the workplace including the monitoring and inspecting of the workplace, the recording and investigation of incidents and accidents. They also implement and maintain Occupational Health and Safety systems in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

A qualified learner will be able to:

  • Inspect work places and environments to identify the occupational health and safety hazards and determine the risks associated with the work
  • Facilitate and support actions to eliminate or control hazards in order to minimise risks in a designated work area
  • Represent the needs of employees with regard to Occupational Health and Safety matters
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of operational occupational health and safety management systems
  • Monitor and continually improve the effectiveness of operational Occupational Health and Safety systems

Occupation Code 226302001: Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner

Safety Coordinator, Safety and Health Advisor, Occupational Safety and Health Assistant, Safety Officer

Curriculum Structure

This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skill and Workplace Experience Modules:

Knowledge Modules:

226302001-KM-01, Fundamentals of Occupational Health and Safety, NQF Level 2, Credits 9

226302001-KM-02, Fundamentals of Communication, NQF Level 3, Credits 6

226302001-KM-03, Occupational Health and Safety applications, NQF Level 4, Credits 17

226302001-KM-04, Occupational Health and Safety Management, NQF Level 5, Credits 38

226302001-KM-05, Operations Management and Supervision, NQF Level 5, Credits 6 Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 76

Practical Skill Modules:

226302001-PM-01, Represent the needs of employees with regard to Occupational Health and Safety matters, NQF Level 3, Credits 8

226302001-PM-02, Inspect work places, identify hazards and risks and take immediate action to ensure health and safety in the workplace, NQF Level 3, Credits 4

226302001-PM-03, Consult with employees and raise their needs and issues at, NQF Level 2,

Credits 4

226302001-PM-04, Inspect work places and environments to identify the occupational health and safety hazards and determine the risks associated with the work, NQF Level 4, Credits 16

226302001-PM-05, Coordinate the work activities of occupational, health and safety representatives, NQF Level 4, Credits 6

226302001-PM-06, Develop a risk profile and legal register for a designated work area, NQF Level 5, Credits 6

226302001-PM-07, Establish, maintain and improve the health and safety documentation and reporting systems, controls and processes, NQF Level 5, Credits 4

226302001-PM-08, Advise on the establishment maintenance and improvement of emergency response and preparedness, NQF Level 5, Credits 8

226302001-PM-09, Manage the effectiveness of operational Occupational Health and Safety systems, NQF Level 5, Credits 6

Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 62

Work Experience Modules:

226302001-WM-, Exposure to the workplace examination processes, NQF Level 2, Credits 12

226302001-WM-02, Exposure to the processes of representing the occupational health and safety

needs of employees, NQF Level 3, Credits 4

226302001-WM-03, Exposure to occupational risk management processes, NQF Level 4, Credits 12

226302001-WM-04, Exposure to the processes of selecting, appointing and managing occupational health and safety representatives, NQF Level 4, Credits 8

226302001-WM-05, Exposure to the processes of developing and implementing occupational health and safety systems, NQF Level 5, Credits 48

226302001-WM-06, Exposure to the processes of monitoring and improving occupational health and safety systems, NQF Level 5, Credits 34

Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 118

Entry Requirements

Relevant work experience or an appropriate NQF level 4 qualification. (The technical work content is not covered in this qualification. Learners need to acquire the required technical skills, knowledge and experience through gaining work experience or qualifications in related technical occupations. Each industry will prescribe the technical requirements relevant to that industry.