Health and safety training update March 2017

Sheq and health and safety conferences 2017 are posted here.

This health and safety training update of March 2017 includes an occupational health and welfare qualifications policy workshop; and training funding..

HW SETA qualifications policy workshop

Sheq training providers, employers, and stakeholders are invited to a health and safety occupational qualifications policy workshop, by the Health and Welfare Seta (HW SETA) at the Airport Protea Premier Hotel on 8-9 March.

The workshop aims to:

  • establish the need to review qualification of Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner;
  • whether the needs of the health and social development sector are addressed in the qualification;
  • address the needs of first aid and firefighting standards and HW Seta skills programmes;
  • identify whether the six unit standards-based qualifications under the HW Seta, should be re-curriculated into occupational qualifications.

Reply to Kanyisa Wopula, Qualification Development and Maintenance Officer, kanyisaw@hwseta.org.za or visit www.hwseta.org.za or 011 607 6979

The HW Seta manages several qualifications relevant to occupational health and safety.

Qualification; Registration number; Credits; NQF level:

  • National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety: Introduces concepts of occupational hygiene and safety. 50062 144 3
  • National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety: Introduces the learner to concepts of occupational hygiene and safety and the importance thereof. 50062 144 3
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety: Essential skills of identifying, evaluating, advising and reporting occupational hygiene and safety factors. 50063 145 4
  • National Diploma: Occupational Safety. Identify, monitor, advise and report occupational safety factors, which may harm the safety of workers. 58786 242 5
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Child and Youth Care Work: Practical experience and community-based learning for auxiliary child and youth care workers. 60209 165 4
  • National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Broad understanding and knowledge of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) at work. 64149 120 2
  • National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Health: Enables learners to identify, monitor, advise and report on occupational health factors, which may have a detrimental effect on the health of workers in the workplace. 74289 120 2
  • National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Safety: Provides learners with skills and knowledge that will help identify, monitor, advise and report on occupational safety factors, which may have a harmful effect on the safety of workers in the workplace. 74290 120 2
  • National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Environment: Provides learners with an understanding and knowledge of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), with a specific focus on environmental issues that may arise in the workplace. 74291 120 2
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Public Awareness Promotion of Dread Disease and HIV/ AIDS: Presents health care workers with the necessary skills that will help individuals manage the HIV/AIDS pandemic and any other dread disease and to understand and accept the condition. 74410 166 4
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Development: HIV/AIDS : Provides the learner with the necessary skills and competencies to develop communities with specific focus on eradicating the HIV/AIDS pandemic in communities 76986 125 4
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Development: Victim Empowerment: Provides the learner with the necessary skills and competencies to develop communities with specific focus on empowering individuals in communities that have suffered from harm, trauma, and material loss through violence, crime etc. 76988 125 4
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety: Provides learners with the necessary skills and knowledge that will help them identifying problems and initiate actions regarding workplace hazards and risks. 79807 145 4

Employers may claim for health and social development training

Employers registered with the Health and Welfare SETA (HW SETA), may apply for mandatory grant funding, and/or discretionary grant funding, by submitting a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and ATR (Annual Training Report) by 30 April 2017.

To assist stakeholders with understanding this process, the HWSETA hosted a series of provincial workshops during February 2017.

The HW Seta guides Skills Development Facilitators (SDFs) through the WSP and ATR processes to ensure compliance with requirements for submission.

For guidelines, contact these facilitators;

Eastern Cape; 043 726 9405 /6 claudinem@hwseta.org.za

Gauteng; 011 205 0200 lebogangm@hwseta.org.za

Northern Cape and Western Cape; 021 914 1058 juanitam@hwseta.org.za

Limpopo and Mpumalanga; 015 295 4302 /3 raesetjam@hwseta.org.za

KZN and Free State; 031 202 5972 /3 samukelisiwek@hwseta.org.za

North West Province; 011 205 0200 lebogangm@hwseta.org.za

UIF construction learnership trained 47 retrenched workers

Some retrenched workers completed a 12-month Civil Construction learnership at Coastal TVET College in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, in Feburary 2017.

The 47 learners were former contributors to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) as workers, but lost their jobs. They were funded by the DOL’s Labour Activation Programme (LAP), administered by UIF.

The learnership included four months of theoretical, and eight months of practical work. The learnership is accredited by the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) at Level 3.

The LAP funded the college with R1.8-million to train the learners, to re-skill and up-skill them.

Some of the participants have used their new skills to start their own construction companies, while others have found jobs.

The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, would officiate at the certification ceremony on 27 February 2017 at the TVET College, G32 Buthelezi Road, Mpumalanga Township, Hammarsdale.

Draft Ergonomics Regulations comment workshop

Draft Ergonomics Regulations were published under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Comment via clement.lekgetho@labour.gov.za and warren.mallon@labour.gov.za or bulelwa.huna@labour.gov.za by 27 April 2017.

See Government Notice 64, in Government Gazette 40578, 2017 01 27, or via  http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/40578_rg10686_gon64.pdf or see some detail in  two separate reports on the Ergonomics Regulations on Sheqafrica.com.

On March 23, SASHEF hosts and informal group discussion to formulate comment to the DOL, on the Draft Ergonomics Regulations; 10am, at 3M Medical, Kelvin Drive, Johannesburg (off Rivonia Road). See SASHEF Facebook page

Health facilities and medicines law

  • SAPC Qualification for Pharmacy Support Personnel, regarding the Diploma for Pharmacy Technician, proposed amendments. Comment via BN@sapc.za.orgby 23 March 2017. See BN 196, GG 40522, 2016 12 23.
  • SAPC: Qualification for Pharmacy Support Personnel, on the Occupational Certificate: Pharmacy Technician. Comment via BN@sapc.za.orgby 23 March 2017. See BN 198, GG 40522, 2016 12 23.
  • Draft General Medicine Regulations: Medicines and Related Substances Act 101. Comment via DG@health.gov.zaby 27 April 2017. See GN 50, in GG 40577, 2017 01 27.
  • Proposed amendments to Draft Norms and Standards Regulations Applicable to Different Categories of Health Establishments, under the National Health Act, 61. Comment to the Director-General of Health, via the Director: Public Entities Governance, by 4 April 2017. See Government notice 10, in Government Gazette 40539, 2017 01 04.
  • Draft amendments to the Rules for Good Pharmacy Practice, under the Pharmacy Act 53. Comment to BN@sapc.za.orgby 23 March 2017. See Notice 194 in GG 40522, 2016 12 23.

DEA trains courts in environmental prosecution

DEA Green Scorpions offered training for environmental management inspectors in biodiversity crime scene management; pollution and waste sampling; and barcode of wildlife voucher specimen sample taking.

Some courses were also presented to magistrates, prosecutors, traffic officers and border officials.

See a separate report on DEA enforcement statistics on Sheqafrica.com. The DEA’s full 2015-2016 National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report is available on https://www.environment.gov.za/sites/default/files/reports/necer2016.pdf

  • Sources; DOL. DOH. HW SETA. PMG. Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
  • This post reports on some current Sheq training developments and legislation relevant to Sheq management. It does not constitute any law, or official notice, or legal register, or legal advice.
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