Functions of Safety Representatives

There is a general misconception about Health and Safety representatives and most people think the safety representatives act on behalf of the employer. But the purpose of the reps are to represent the employees in terms of safety concerns. 

Section 17 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to appoint Health and Safety Representatives in any workplace where more than 20 employees are employed. These appointments should be made at a ratio of 1:100 in an office or shop and 1:50 in any other workplace. 

 It is important to note that they have rights, powers and functions, unlike the employer who has responsibilities. They should be nominated and elected by the workforce.

  1. Review the effectiveness of health and safety measures of the employer.
  2. Identify potential hazards
  3. Help his employer to examine the causes of incidents at the workplace
  4. Investigate complaints by any employee relating to the employee’s health and safety at work.
  5. Make representations to his employer relating to health and safety matters.
  6. Inspect the workplace, including any article, substance, plant, machinery or equipment
  7. Consult with inspectors at the workplace and accompany them on inspections of the workplace
  8. Attend health and safety committee meetings

Safety Representatives take on the above-mentioned responsibilities in addition to their regular full-time jobs.

Duties of employers towards OHS Representatives

The employer shall provide facilities, assistance and training as the Health and Safety Representatives may reasonably require for the carrying out of his functions.

H1 - Safety Representative Training- 2 Days

The person credited with this unit standard is able to understand the objectives and statutory requirements to 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 health, safety and environmental issues may be handled.

Qualifying learners will be able to:

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:

  1. Explain health and safety requirements pertaining to employers, employees, safety representatives and safety committees
  2. Conduct health and safety inspections to identify risks
  3. Participate in the safety, health and environmental structures and measures these activities according to health, safety and environmental requirements

Skills programs

Skills program combinations where this program can be used are:

SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE – HW/SP/1606395

  1. SAQA Us: 259622 Describe the functions of workplace health and safety representatives – SHE Representative
  2. SAQA Us: 259617 Conduct an investigation into workplace health safety and environmental incidents – Incident Investigation
 

FIRE TEAM MEMBER 1 – HW/SP/1601156

  1. SAQA Us: 259622 – Describe the functions of workplace health and safety representatives – SHE Representative
  2. SAQA Us: 13961 – Demonstrate knowledge and use of hand operated firefighting equipment – Fire Fighting Level 1
 

FIRST AID TEAM MEMBER 2 – HW/SP/1601043

  1. SAQA Us: 119567 Perform basic life support and first aid procedures – First Aid Level 1
  2. SAQA Us: 259622 Describe the functions of workplace health and safety representatives – SHE Representative
 

SUPERVISORS SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM – HW/SP/1511228

  1. SAQA Us: 259617 – Conduct an investigation into workplace health safety and environmental incidents – Incident Investigation
  2. SAQA Us: 259639 – Explain basic health and safety principals in and around a workplace SHE Principles
  3. SAQA Us: 259597 – Explain emergency preparedness and response procedures – Evacuation Warden
  4. SAQA Us: 120496 – Provide risk based primary care and first aid procedures in a workplace First Aid Level 2
  5. SAQA Us: 259622 – Describe the functions of workplace health and safety representatives SHE Representative
  6. SAQA Us: 120330 – Conduct a continuous risk assessment in a workplace – Risk Assessment (HIRA)
  7. SAQA Us: 13961 – Demonstrate knowledge and use of hand operated firefighting equipment Fire Fighting Level 1
 
 
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