Sheq training update 2016 -2017

Some Sheq training developments at tertiary and vocational level.
Some Sheq training developments at tertiary and vocational level.

This Sheq training update includes occupational course registration; MSc Construction HS; a private bid for safety training quality control; compliance training; and ergonomics training.

Occupational courses to change by 2019

Registered qualifications and unit standards which fall within the scope of Services SETA, have been re- registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Qualifications and unit standards which expired in July 2015, have been re -registered for a further three years, up to June 2018.

The last date of enrolment for these qualifications and unit standards is June 2019, and the last date of achievement is 2022.

This re-registration period allows for the development of new occupational qualifications [on the QCTO] which will replace currently registered qualifications.

Currently registered qualifications will gradually be phased out once new occupational qualifications are developed and registered by SAQA.

Where qualifications have not received a new registration end date, and the qualification has been reviewed and changed, skills development providers are required to re-apply for accreditation of their learning programmes aligned to the new qualification.

Where providers are applying to offer skills programmes or single unit standard, they should ensure that those unit standards have not expired.

For more information, contact the Services Seta Registrar on 011 276 9600.

MSc Construction Health and Safety curriculum

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth offers an MSc in Construction Health and Safety Management, two years part-time, at NQF Level 9 with 225 credits.

This programme has been approved in terms of the new Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework.

Admnission requriements are one these qualifications:

  • BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying or Construction Management; or
  • Master of Architecture (Professional) qualification; or
  • A four-year BSc in a building discipline; or
  • BSc of Technology qualification in Quantity Surveying, Construction Management or Architecture from a technikon or technical university, together with a minimum of five years of relevant working experience; or
  • A professional diploma in Quantity Surveying (RQS or ARICS), Construction Management or Architecture, together with a minimum of seven years’ relevant working experience.

Students are subject to a selection process as laid down by the department and approved at the Faculty Management Committee, if completing an entrance essay.

Assignments are submitted for evaluation within the overall qualification. A mark of at least 50% for the assignment is a prerequisite for admission to the examination in any module.

The qualification takes at least two years of part-time study. The curriculum includes:

  • Accounting and Project Finance
  • Health and Safety KHSV502 15
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Management Information System for Construction and IT Applications
  • Research Methodology.

The second year compulsory modules are:

  • Environmental Management
  • Health and Safety Management (B) KHSV500 15
  • Risk Management
  • Treatise
  • Design Management.

And students have to select one of these modules: Project Strategy and PMBOK; or Human Resources.

IOSM wants to check OHS training

Voluntary membership body IOSM, the Institute of Safety Management, said its “next step is to ensure the quality control of safety training courses and course providers.

“It is the intention to obtain, through the SAQA and QCTO system, the necessary accreditation and authority to act as quality control body for Occupational Safety training.”

IOSM’s board, the OSPB, is involved in the initiative.

Compliance officers “need not be lawyers”

The Compliance Institute of SA (CISA) has developed an occupational qualification for compliance officers, which is approved by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), and registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 6.

Additional academic and occupational qualifications are currently in development for 2017.

The Compliance Institute SA offers a range of training courses and skills programmes. It also registers Compliance Practitioners, and Compliance Professionals.

CISA advised employers that “everyone in the organization should understand compliance, but ultimate responsibility for understanding and overseeing the management of compliance with the applicable regulatory requirements lies with management. The compliance function assists management to discharge its responsibility.”

A compliance function without a monitoring programme is uninformed and impractical. Effective monitoring aims to check that people are doing what they should be doing and that the system is operating satisfactorily.

Monitoring is what frequently identifies problems and a failure to monitor adequately can be regarded as a lack of real commitment.

The cost of non-compliance far outweighs the cost of compliance. Compliance programmes do take a significant commitment; staff, resources and technology. However, these costs make compliance efficient and part of the business culture.

CISA also wrote: “There is a big difference between legal and regulatory compliance. While a compliance officer should have a working knowledge of the relevant legislation, it is more important to have the knowledge of compliance risk management methodology, the practical skills to apply the knowledge as well as relevant work experience.

“Understanding the business is also a key skill for the compliance officer.”

On 19 May 2016 CISA will host its 13th Cape Conference.

Ergonomics specialists trained

The Department of Labour is drafting Ergonomics Regulations, due in 2017 (see a more detailed report elsewhere on Sheqafrica.com).

Rhodes University is training the second intake of 15 ergonomic specialists, in a course of six modules, for about ten months, at NQF level 7.

Employers have to inform and educate workers on their exposures, including ergonomics risks; and apply medical management, and medical surveillance where applicable.

Business sectors, such as transport and logistics, chemicals, health services, retail, and agriculture, may each have to follow relevant guidelines.

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