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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
74269  National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services  Preventive Health 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This Qualification is to equip learners working in any type of workplace with a broad understanding and knowledge of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) concepts and practices with sufficient detail to enable them to function in a safe and healthy way and to deal with health and safety problems and issues. It will also contribute to the further development of learners within this environment by providing articulation, recognition and mobility within this dynamic and changing environment.

A learner acquiring this Qualification will be able to:
  • Use verbal and written practices to communicate in the workplace and apply mathematical processes to solve everyday numerical problems.
  • Explain the requirements of current legislation impacting on Health, Safety and environmental issues in the workplace.
  • Recognise, assess and report health and safety hazards and situations in the workplace.
  • Administer various health and safety functions, planning, policy and behaviours in the workplace.

    Qualifying learners will be able to show responsibility, and independently and effectively manage themselves in the workplace regarding generic health and safety issues. Learners will be able to identify and evaluate occupational safety, health and environmental factors, in occupational environments, which may have a detrimental effect on health and safety of people in such environments. Learners credited with this Qualification are able to perform essential measurements and functions that promote a culture of health and safety in the workplace.

    Rationale:

    This Qualification provides learners with opportunities for professional development and career advancement within the broader constituencies of the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) community that will contribute to providing better and safer workplace for all people in the Republic of South Africa. It will assist those health and safety professionals who play an increasingly complex and crucial role in ensuring the health and safety of employees have a well-grounded and comprehensive understanding of the key issues that are essential to meet these high demands. It covers the key issues involved at ground level and is designed to cover general health and safety issues with the specifics being incorporated in the Elective category.

    In South Africa and internationally, the social and economic impact of occupational safety, hygiene, health, and environment is great. Direct costs that result from poor workplace safety, hygiene, health, and environments include human and economic costs. Indirect costs are also incurred and can include inter alia poor morale, poor productivity, downtime. Improved workplace safety, hygiene, health, and environments could influence the South African economy in direct costs alone to the value of millions of Rand each year. This qualification aims to meet the demand for learners that are able to assist with the provision of a safe, healthy and productive occupational environment.

    There is a critical need in the industry to recognise learner competence regarding essential operations associated with a healthy, safe and productive working environment. This qualification is the entry level to a career path in one of the areas of specialisation in Occupational HSE. It is generic enough to allow maximum mobility within the field of application.

    Obtaining formal qualifications in HSE will enable the learner to operate in a wide range of environments. This enhances the employment opportunities of learners and also ensures a wider coverage of HSE Practitioners in the South African work environment. Formal qualifications, and especially at this level open up a career path in HSE and access to further studies, formal and informal, not only in this field but also other, related, fields. Skills, knowledge, values and attitudes (competencies) reflected in the qualification are building blocks towards a higher qualification. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1.
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Computer literacy at NQF level 1.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    The Qualification can be achieved in whole or part through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Learners obtaining the whole Qualification through RPL and wishing to be declared competent are required to complete a practical assessment component for the purpose of such recognition. This implies that the Qualification may be granted to learners who have acquired the skills and knowledge without attending formal courses, provided they demonstrate competence in the outcomes of the individual Unit Standards as required by the Fundamental, Core and Elective components stipulated in the Qualification and by the Exit Level Outcomes.

    Learners submitting themselves for RPL should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment, and may be required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) in the prescribed format and/or undergo a workplace assessment to be assessed for formal recognition. While this is primarily a workplace-based Qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the Exit Level Outcomes.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access is open to all learners bearing in mind the learning assumed to be in place. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification is made up of a combination of learning outcomes from Fundamental, Core and Elective components, totalling a minimum of 120 Credits.

    Fundamental component:
  • All unit standards to the value of 36 credits are compulsory.

    Core component:
  • All unit standards to the value of 64 credits are compulsory.

    Elective component:

    The Elective component for this Qualification is divided into different specialisations from which the learners may choose. Potential learners will need to select Elective Unit Standards to the value of a minimum of 20 credits from one of these options, depending on the sub-sector of the health, safety or environment field they are employed in or wish to become involved in.

    The specialisations are as follows:

    Health (Learning Programme ID 74289) (46 credits available):
  • ID 252250: Apply fire fighting techniques.
  • ID 259607: Handle water sample for analysis.
  • ID 259606: Conduct routine inspections on percussion rock drills.
  • ID 244422: Demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours.
  • ID 259608: Explain the prevention and control of the propagation of a coal dust explosion.
  • ID 259598: Describe the need for illumination in a working place.
  • ID 259603: Determine low velocity and volume flow rate of air.
  • ID 259605: Determine the amount of particulate matter in water by means of a turbidimeter.
  • ID 259641: Determine the amount of rock dust in water by means of a Nephelometer.
  • ID 259625: Measure cooling power and low air velocity using a wet kata thermometer.
  • ID 259623: Measure wet and dry bulb temperature using a whirling hygrometer.
  • ID 254221: Prevent musculoskeletal injuries to self during lifting and carrying activities.
  • ID 259638: Issue and retrieve Personal Monitoring Equipment.
  • ID 259642: Measure barometric pressure by means of electronic and mechanical instruments.
  • ID 259640: Measure compressed air and water pressures by means of a hand held pressure gauge and take appropriate action.
  • ID 259627: Measure illumination levels in a workplace by means of a luxmeter.
  • ID 259637: Test for flammable gases by means of a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action.
  • ID 259657: Measure virgin rock temperature.
  • ID 259658: Sample and evaluate a mixture of coal dust and stone dust.
  • ID 259626: Measure noise levels in a workplace by means of a sound level meter.

    Safety (Learning Programme ID 74290) (30 credits available):
  • ID 252250: Apply fire fighting techniques.
  • ID 9964: Apply health and safety to a work area.
  • ID 120330: Conduct a continuous risk assessment in a workplace.
  • ID 259610: Demonstrate basic understanding of the procedure for compensation claims submissions for injuries and occupational diseases.
  • ID 120337: Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to the preparation, conducting, recording and follow-up actions of a planned task observation in a working place.
  • ID 259599: Participate in the establishment, implementation and monitoring of a health and safety agreement.
  • ID 259601: Participate in the implementation and evaluation of a safety and health management programme in the workplace.
  • ID 119553: Take action to address impacts on the environment.
  • ID 259622: Describe the functions of the workplace health and safety representative.

    Environment (Learning Programme ID 74291) (35 credits available):
  • ID 252250: Apply fire fighting techniques.
  • ID 119822: Collect data for environmental management purposes.
  • ID 246463: Demonstrate knowledge of water cycle, water and waste water systems and processes.
  • ID 259600: Participate in the implementation and evaluation of a environmental management programme in the workplace.
  • ID 119553: Take action to address impacts on the environment.
  • ID 119558: Work with, use and care for materials and resources which can impact on health and the environment.

    Mining And Minerals specialisation (Learning Programme ID 74292):
  • ID 252250: Apply fire fighting techniques.
  • ID 9964: Apply health and safety to a work area; Level 2; 3 credits.
  • ID 259622: Describe the functions of the workplace health and safety representative; Level 2; 3 credits.
  • ID 259599: Participate in the establishment, implementation and monitoring of a health and safety agreement; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259601: Participate in the implementation and evaluation of a safety and health management programme in the workplace; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259637: Test for flammable gases using a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 120330: Conduct a continuous risk assessment in a workplace; Level 3; 4 credits.
  • ID 244422: Demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours; Level 3; 4 credits.
  • ID 120337: Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to the preparation, conducting, recording and follow-up actions of a planned task observation in a working place; Level 3; 2 credits.
  • ID 119553: Take action to address impacts on the environment; Level 2; 10 credits.
  • ID 259598: Describe the need for illumination in a work place; Level 1; 2 credits.
  • ID 259606: Conduct routine inspections on percussion rock drills; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259603: Determine low velocity and volume flow rate of air; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259605: Determine the amount of particulate matter in water using a turbidimeter; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259608: Explain the prevention and control of the propagation of a coal dust explosion; Level 2; 5 credits.
  • ID 259607: Handle water samples for analysis; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259638: Issue and retrieve Personal Monitoring Equipment; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259642: Measure barometric pressure using electronic and/or mechanical instruments; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259640: Measure compressed air and/or water pressure using a hand held pressure gauge; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259625: Measure cooling power and low air velocity by using a wet Kata thermometer; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259627: Measure illumination levels in a workplace using a Luxmeter; Level 2; 2 credits
  • ID 259657: Measure virgin rock temperature; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259623: Measure wet and dry bulb temperature by using a whirling Hygrometer; Level 2; 2 credits.
  • ID 259658: Sample and evaluate a mixture of coal dust and stone dust; Level 2; 3 credits.
  • ID 259641: Determine the quantity of rock dust in water using a Nephelometer; Level 3; 3 credits.
  • ID 259626: Measure noise levels in a workplace using a sound level meter; Level 3; 2 credits.
  • ID 376480: Provide first aid as an advanced first responder; Level 3; 8 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Use verbal and written practices to communicate in the workplace and apply mathematical processes to solve everyday numerical problems.

    2. Explain the requirements of current legislation impacting on Health, Safety and environmental issues in the workplace.

    3. Recognise, assess and report health and safety hazards and situations in the workplace.

    4. Administer various health and safety functions, planning, policy and behaviours in the workplace.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    This Qualification addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes, in the indicated Exit Level Outcomes:
  • Identifying and solving problems in the workplace in the process of dealing with and health and safety hazards and situations and the administration of health and safety functions.
  • Working effectively with others in the maintenance and adherence of health, safety and environmental practices in the workplace.
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively so that all aspects regarding health, safety and environmental functions and practices are at hand, as and when required, to enhance these in the workplace and in the application of legislation.
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information pertaining to the application of health, safety and environmental legislation and the implementation of health, safety and environmental practices and functions.
  • Communicating effectively with all the stakeholders who are involved in health, safety and environmental practices and functions.
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically in the preparation and distribution of health, safety and environmental reports.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems through the proper application of systems, policies and procedures related to health, safety and environmental practices and functions.

    All of the above contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large by ensuring they participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities in terms of health, safety and environmental issues. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:

    1.1 Information from texts, reports and standard operating procedures is practically applied in the workplace in specific health, safety and environmental contexts.
    1.2 All communications are addressed and responded to in accordance with the relevant workplace requirements.
    1.3 Numerical conversions, calculations and measurements are performed as required in the workplace in specific health, safety and environmental contexts.
    1.4 Health and safety signs are interpreted and explained as required by specific worksites.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Legislative and regulatory requirements are explained related to health, safety and environmental issues.
    2.2 The health and safety environment is defined focusing on specific workplace principles and situations.
    2.3 The concept of promoting health, safety and environmental issues is explained indicating the roles played by all stakeholders.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 The consequences of exposure and poor adherence to health and safety requirements are described in terms of the impact on people and the organisation.
    3.2 Workplace hazards and risks are addressed in accordance with workplace specific health and safety requirements.
    3.3 Corrective and/or mitigative measures are taken to deal with workplace hazards and risks in accordance with workplace specific health and safety requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 All HSE functions, including inspections, meet specified requirements in line with each specific workplace.
    4.2 Administrative functions are performed in accordance with workplace specific health and safety requirements.
    4.3 Primary emergency care requirements are met in accordance with workplace specific health and safety requirements.
    4.4 Health and safety behaviours are observed in order to ensure compliance by all role-players.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • Learners may be credited for individual unit standards as and when they can demonstrate that they can achieve the required competencies.
  • Workplace experience may be recognised when assessing this qualification.
  • A range of formative and summative methods may be used in assessing learners, which may include:
    > Written and oral tests/examinations.
    > Case studies and assignments.
    > Role-play and simulation sessions.
    > Written reports/work plans.
    > Demonstrations by the learner.
    > Research projects.

    Formative assessment should be carried out at regular intervals throughout the period of study. It should be offered in an integrated manner where the theoretical and practical components are assessed together to measure learner competence.

    Summative assessment is carried out on completion of all learning components required for the Qualification, whether theoretical or practical. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The purpose of this study was to facilitate the development of a meaningful learning path and its associated curriculum incorporating both theoretical and practical vocational skills which will ensure compatibility, comparability and compliance with existing international qualification specifications and regulations.

    Training programmes in occupational safety and health (OSH) exist in the SADC region. However a review of these programmes conducted under the auspices of SADC/ELS for Work and Health in Southern Africa (WAHSA), identified that with the exceptions of the Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, no other SADC countries have any specific health and safety training programme in place. From this report it can be understood that there is a lack of capacity in OSH training, and that many courses and topics needed to cover the requirements for OHS professionals in the region are missing. In the process of conducting this international study, it was found that the majority of OHS training was conducted by South African companies in the SADC region. Therefore it was difficult to find any comparisons.

    This Qualification was compared with equivalent qualifications from a range of other countries. Countries with similar economies to ours were sourced and a comparison was made with their training and development. The best examples of like qualifications/courses came from Brazil and India.

    Countries with established economies were also accessed and chosen for comparison purposes because they offer education and training that is considered to be of high quality in terms of Occupational Health and Safety practices. These countries are the United Kingdom, Australia, United States of America and Canada.

    Brazil:

    ABEX Training Group:

    Course Title: Workplace Safety Procedures (an on-line course):
  • Fundamentals of Working in Safe Workplace.
  • Observe Basic Safety Procedures.
  • Observe Basic Emergency Procedures.
  • Act Responsibility in the Workplace.
  • Safe Lifting and Carrying Techniques.

    Onsite Training Services (Approved OPITO Training):

    Course Title: Confined Space Entry:
  • Atmospheric Testing.
  • Confined Space Awareness.
  • Working Safely with Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S).

    Course Title: Fire Safety:
  • Fire Warden.
  • Fire Extinguishers Users Course.

    Course Title: Health and Safety:
  • Accident/Incident Reporting and Investigation.
  • Abrasive Wheels Regulations.
  • Asbestos Awareness.
  • C.O.S.H.H. Assessor.
  • C.O.S.H.H. Awareness.
  • Fall Arrest Suspension and Rescue Equipment.
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome.
  • Lifting Risks.
  • Manual Handling.
  • Permit to Work.
  • Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
  • Rig Pass.
  • Risk Assessment.
  • Safety Leadership.
  • Safety Management.
  • Safety Observation System.
  • Safety Representatives.
  • Slips, Trips and Falls.

    Course Title: Offshore Safety Training Standards (2 day):
  • Manual Handling.
  • Safety Observation Systems.
  • Lifting Risks.
  • Risk Assessment.

    India:

    PRIA Education: New Delhi:

    Course Title: Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety:
  • Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Sector Specific Occupational Health and Safety Issues.
  • Socio-economic aspects of Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Health Screening Measures.
  • Basics of Preventative Techniques.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Legislation in India.
  • Participatory Research in Occupational Health.

    Nayati International: Andhra Pradesh:

    Course Title: Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety:
  • Preventing and controlling Occupational Diseases and Accidents.
  • Development and Promotion of Healthy and Safe Work and Work Environments.
  • Enhancement of Physical, Mental and Social Well-being of Workers.
  • The Development and Maintenance of Work Capacity.
  • Professional and Social Development at Work.
  • Conduct Socially and Economically Productive Lives.
  • Contribute to Sustainable Development.

    United Kingdom:

    Institution of Occupational Safety and Health:

    Course Title: Working Safely:
  • Introducing Working Safely.
  • Defining Hazard and Risk.
  • Identifying Common Hazards.
  • Improving Safety Performance.
  • Protecting Our Environment.

    Course Title: Managing safely:
  • Introducing Managing Safely.
  • Assessing Risks.
  • Controlling Risks.
  • Understanding Your Responsibilities.
  • Identifying Hazards.
  • Investigating Accidents and Incidents.
  • Measuring Performance.
  • Protecting Our Environment.

    Saftek:

    Course Title: Safety and Health Solutions:
  • Adjusting to Weather Conditions.
  • An Injury-Free Office.
  • Avoiding Falls.
  • Back Injuries.
  • Colour Coding for Safety.
  • Confined Space Precautions.
  • Confined Space Entry.
  • Construction Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Crane and Hoist Safety Practices.
  • Electrical Shock.
  • Disaster and Emergency Preparedness.
  • Emergency Evacuation.
  • Employee Incidents Reporting.
  • Eye Protection/Safety.
  • Facts on Fire Safety.
  • The ABCs of Fire Extinguishers.
  • Fire Prevention.
  • Foul Weather Safety.
  • Fundamentals of Housekeeping.
  • Guard Against Machine Hazards.
  • Hand Tools.
  • Handling Materials Manually.
  • Safe Use of Hand Operated Tools and Equipment/Power Tools.
  • Health Care Material and Patient Moving.
  • Housekeeping in Health Care Facilities.
  • Hidden Hazard Incidents.
  • Job Site Safety.
  • Keep Alert Prevention Falls.
  • Lift Truck and Pedestrian Safety.
  • Office Alive with Hazards.
  • Office Safety.
  • Practical Ergonomics.
  • Practice Fire Prevention.
  • Preventing Falls.
  • Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls.
  • Proper Clothing.
  • Proper Housekeeping.
  • Proper Use of Fire Extinguishers.
  • Protecting Hands and Fingers.
  • Respiratory Protection.
  • Suit Up for Safety.
  • Using Colour for Safety.
  • Varying Degrees of Safety.

    British Safety Council:

    Course Title: BSC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health:
  • Accidents.
  • Occupational Health Provision.
  • Principles of Health and Safety Law.
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Office, Penalties and Enforcement.
  • Health and Safety Management.
  • Risk Assessment.
  • Safe Systems of Work.
  • Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Safe Workplace.
  • Fire.
  • Emergency Planning.
  • Electrical Safety.
  • Work Equipment.
  • Occupational Transport.
  • Construction and Demolition.
  • Working at Height.
  • Manual Handling.
  • Mechanical Handling and Lifting Operations.
  • Chemical and Biological Hazards.
  • Display Screen Equipment and Workstations.
  • Group at Particular Risk.
  • Reporting, Recording and Investigating Incidents.
  • Developing a Positive Health and Safety Culture.
  • Protecting the Environment.

    Course Title: Principles of Health and Safety:
  • Accidents.
  • International Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Occupational Health Provision.
  • Health and Safety Management.
  • Risk Assessment.
  • Safe Systems of Work.
  • Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Safe Workplace.
  • Health and Safety Monitoring.
  • Health and Safety Policies.

    Course Title: Applied Health and Safety:
  • Fire Precautions.
  • Emergency Planning.
  • Electrical Safety.
  • Work Equipment.
  • Workplace Transport.
  • Construction and Demolition.
  • Manual and Mechanical Handling.
  • Display Screen Equipment and Workstations.
  • Substance Safety.
  • Groups at Particular Risk.
  • Reporting, Recording and Investigating Incidents.
  • Developing a Positive Health and Safety Culture.
  • Protecting the Environment.

    The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA):

    Course Title: NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Safety:
  • Scope of construction.
  • Safe stacking and storage of materials and flammable substances.
  • Main hazards and controls.
  • Management controls and responsibilities.
  • Working above ground level -hazards controls and inspection.
  • Excavations-hazards, controls and inspection requirements.
  • Health hazards, noise, vibration, dust, cement, solvents, cleaners.

    Course Title: NEBOSH National General Certificate - Block Route:
  • Provide an understanding of health and safety legislation.
  • Monitor safety performance in the workplace.
  • Investigate accidents.
  • Design and implement safe systems of work and accident prevention programmes.

    Safety Media:

    Course Title: Manual Handling:
  • Causes of Workplace Accidents.
  • Understanding How to Lift Correctly.
  • Guidance on the Correct Lifting Procedure.
  • Handy Hints on the Do's and Don'ts of Manual Handling.

    Course Title: Fire Safety:
  • Correct Procedure Should a Fire Start.
  • Guidance on How Fires Start.
  • How to Prevent Them.

    Course Title: Office Safety:
  • Alert Employees to Possible Risks and Hazards in an Office.

    Course Title: COSHH:
  • Raise Awareness in the Safe Handling and Use of Hazardous Substances.

    Course Title: Health and Safety for Managers.
  • Understanding Principles of Health And Safety Management.
  • Knowledge How to Make a Difference in the Workplace.
  • Contribute to the Process of Reducing Loss to Business Through Injuries.
  • Ill Health and Damage Incidents.

    Course Title: Health and Safety Induction:
  • Areas within the workplace where they could face danger.

    Course Title: Risk Assessment:
  • Range of Hazards.
  • Information on how to Identify a Risk and a Hazard.
  • Conduct a Risk Assessment.

    Course Title: Stress in the Workplace:
  • Stress.
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Risks Stress can Cause.

    Course Title: Working at Height:
  • Risk Activity.
  • Fatalities.
  • Work Safely.
  • Follow safe working.

    Australia:

    National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA):

    Course Title: Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety:
  • A Knowledge of the Current OHS Act and Regulations.
  • Codes of Practice and Standards.
  • Consequences of Exposure to Health Hazards at Work.
  • An Understanding of The Skills to Recognise, Evaluate and Manage Health and Safety Hazards in the Workplace.
  • An Understanding of the Skills to Administer Various Occupational Health and Safety Functions, Planning, Policy Development and Ethics.

    Course Title: Certificate IV In Occupational Health and Safety:
  • Implement and Support the OHS Management Systems.
  • Prepare Workplace Personnel for Dealing with OHS Issues.
  • Ensure Legislative Requirements are Applied.
  • Implement OHS Initiatives and Processes.
  • Organisational OHS Goals and Objectives.

    United State of America:

    American Safety and Health Institute:

    Course Title: CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer:
  • Introduction.
  • Heart Disease and Stroke.
  • Emergency Action Steps.
  • Special Considerations.

    Course Title: CPR and AED:
  • Introduction.
  • Heart Disease and Stroke.
  • Emergency Action Steps.
  • Special Considerations.

    Course Title: Emergency Oxygen Administration:
  • Assemble an Emergency Oxygen System.
  • Turn an Emergency Oxygen System on and off and Determine if Oxygen is Flowing.
  • How to Safely and Correctly Integrate use of Emergency Oxygen when Attending to a Responsive Victim who is Breathing.
  • How to Safely and Correctly Integrate use of Emergency Oxygen when Attending to an Unresponsive Victim who is not Breathing (May be Integrated into CPR Performance Evaluation).

    Course Title: Basic First Aid for the Community and Workplace:
  • Demonstrate Proper Removal of Contaminated Gloves.
  • Perform the Emergency Action Steps for an Unresponsive and a Responsive Victim.
  • Place an Unresponsive Breathing Victim in a Recovery Position.
  • Control Severe Bleeding and Manage Shock.
  • Manually Stabilise an Injured Limb.
  • Manually Stabilise a Suspected Spinal Injury.

    Course Title: Blood borne Pathogens:
  • Introduction.
  • Blood borne Pathogens.
  • Safety and Prevention in the Workplace.
  • Exposure Incidents and Follow Up.

    Course Title: Emergency Medical Response for Adults in the Workplace:
  • Introduction.
  • Emergency Response.
  • Bleeding, Shock, and Soft Tissue Injuries.
  • Bone, Joint and Muscle Injuries.
  • Sudden Illness.
  • Heat- and Cold-Related Illness and Injury.

    Course Title: Advanced Cardiac Life Support:
  • Emergency Care for Respiratory/Cardiac Arrest.
  • Management of the Patient with a Pulse.

    Course Title: Paediatric Advanced Life Support: (PALS):
  • Emergency Personnel in Intensive Care or Critical Care Departments.
  • Emergency Medical Providers Responsible for the Well-Being of Infants and Children.
  • Provide Healthcare Professionals with Didactic and Psychomotor Skills Training.
  • Recognition and Treatment of Conditions that May Lead to a Cardiopulmonary Arrest in an Infant or Child.
  • Incorporates Both Pre-Hospital and Hospital Management of Paediatric Emergencies.

    Course Title: Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) [interim version]:
  • Demonstrate Proper Hand Washing Technique with Soap and Water or an Alcohol-Based Hand Rub.
  • Demonstrate the Proper Method for Changing Diapers.
  • Demonstrate the Steps to Manage Choking in a Responsive Infant and Child.
  • Demonstrate How to Control Severe Bleeding.
  • Demonstrate How to Perform Spinal Motion Restriction.

    National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association (NESHTA):

    Course Title: Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer (CET):
  • Accident Prevention and Hazard Awareness.
  • Industrial Hygiene.
  • Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Emergency Response.
  • Regulatory Standards.
  • Fire Prevention/Protection.

    Canada:

    Industrial Accidental Prevention Association (IAPA):

    Course Title: Health and Safety Solutions:
  • Health Safety and the Law.
  • Workplace Safety.
  • Workplace Inspections.
  • Workplace Health.
  • Accident Investigations.
  • Joint Health and Safety Committees.

    Bright Training and Safety Wear:

    Course Title: Joint Health Safety Committee Certification Training:
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee Members.
  • Accident Investigations and Injury Prevention.
  • Pedestrian Safety.
  • Blood borne Pathogens Training.
  • Emergency Preparedness.
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods.
  • Hazard Identification.
  • Risk Management.
  • Machine Guarding.
  • Ergonomics Training.
  • Fall and Arrest.

    Course Title: Industrial Equipment:
  • Industrial Forklift Training.
  • Lift Truck Training Operator Evaluation.
  • Propane Handling.
  • Overhead Crane/Sling Operator.
  • Confined Entry Space Awareness.
  • Lockout, Tagout/Power Presses.
  • OSHA Standards Lock Out Tag Out.
  • Entrapment Rescue.
  • Hazardous Materials.
  • Environmental Spills Training.
  • Aerial Platform.
  • Punch Press Operator Course.
  • Low Lift Pallet Truck.
  • Improving Safety Performance.
  • Protecting Our Environment.

    Conclusion:

    The United Kingdom seems to show best practice through its strictness in the observance of health and safety practices and in he provision of training and development in this field. The National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, NQF Level 2, compares favourably with the courses offered in the United Kingdom. Differences in training in South Africa are created through the need to comply with South African legislative requirements. Training in the area of OHS in South Africa has shown to be in demand in several countries of the SADC region and further afield in sub-Saharan Africa. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontally, this Qualification articulates with:
  • ID 61689: National Certificate: Community Water, Health and Sanitation Promotion, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49085: National Certificate: Fundamental Ancillary Heath Care, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49605: National Certificate: Environmental Practice, NQF Level 2.

    Vertically, this Qualification articulates with:
  • ID 50062: National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 49128: National Certificate: Community Health Work, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 49752: National Certificate: Environmental Practice, NQF Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards, Exit Level Outcomes as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant should:
  • Be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Be in possession of a relevant Qualification at NQF Level 4 or higher. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces qualification 48804, "National Certificate: Occupational Safety, Hygiene and Environment", Level 2, 135 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  259602  Describe sources of and control measures for noise in a work place  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Core  119554  Apply environmental management tools to assess impacts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259617  Conduct an investigation into workplace safety, health and environmental incidents  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259619  Conduct workplace Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) inspections  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259624  Control workplace hazards and risks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259609  Demonstrate an understanding of Occupational Hygiene  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13961  Demonstrate Knowledge and Use of Hand Operated Fire Fighting Equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259618  Examine refuge bays/places of safety  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259639  Explain basic health and safety principles in and around the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259597  Explain emergency preparedness and response procedures  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259621  Manage the prevention of fatigue in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259620  Manoeuvre materials safely by hand in a workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  120496  Provide risk-based primary emergency care/first aid in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  116937  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  117924  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  116945  Use electronic mail to send and receive messages  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259604  Verify compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119463  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9008  Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119454  Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119460  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119456  Write/present for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116999  Apply accurate information about HIV & AIDS to everyday life  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  252250  Apply fire fighting techniques  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  14656  Demonstrate an understanding of sexuality and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  259598  Describe the need for illumination in a work place  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  110050  Facilitate group work in development practice  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  119567  Perform basic life support and first aid procedures  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
    Elective  9964  Apply health and safety to a work area  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  260478  Apply life skills to everyday life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259606  Conduct routine inspections on percussion rock drills  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259610  Demonstrate basic understanding of the procedure for submission of compensation claims for injuries and occupational diseases  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  246463  Demonstrate knowledge of water cycle, water and wastewater systems and processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  260466  Demonstrate stress management techniques as a self-help tool  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259622  Describe the functions of the workplace health and safety representative  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259603  Determine low velocity and volume flow rate of air  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259605  Determine the amount of particulate matter in water using a turbidimeter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259608  Explain the prevention and control of the propagation of a coal dust explosion  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259607  Handle water samples for analysis  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259638  Issue and retrieve Personal Monitoring Equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259642  Measure barometric pressure using electronic and/or mechanical instruments  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259640  Measure compressed air and/or water pressure using a hand held pressure gauge  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259625  Measure cooling power and low air velocity by using a wet Kata thermometer  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259627  Measure illumination levels in a workplace using a Luxmeter  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259657  Measure virgin rock temperature  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259623  Measure wet and dry bulb temperature by using a whirling Hygrometer  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259599  Participate in the establishment, implementation and monitoring of a health and safety agreement  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259600  Participate in the implementation and evaluation of a environmental management programme in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259601  Participate in the implementation and evaluation of a safety and health management programme in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119560  Promote an awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the community  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  259658  Sample and evaluate a mixture of coal dust and stone dust  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119553  Take action to address impacts on the environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  259637  Test for flammable gases using a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  119558  Work with, use and care for materials and resources which can impact on health and the environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  119822  Collect data for environmental management purposes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  120330  Conduct a continuous risk assessment in a workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13915  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244422  Demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  120331  Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to fires in working places  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  120337  Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to the preparation, conducting, recording and follow-up actions of a planned task observation in a working place  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  259641  Determine the quantity of rock dust in water using a Nephelometer  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  259626  Measure noise levels in a workplace using a sound level meter  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  254221  Prevent musculoskeletal injuries to self during lifting and carrying activities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  376480  Provide first aid as an advanced first responder  Level 3  NQF Level 03 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    64149  National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  Generic Provider - Field 09  Level 2  NQF Level 02  120     HW SETA  OQSF 
    74291  National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Environment  Generic Provider - Field 09  Level 2  NQF Level 02  120     HW SETA  OQSF 
    74289  National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Health  Generic Provider - Field 09  Level 2  NQF Level 02  120     HW SETA  OQSF 
    74292  National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Mining And Minerals  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 2  NQF Level 02  120     MQA  OQSF 
    74290  National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Safety  Generic Provider - Field 09  Level 2  NQF Level 02  120     HW SETA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    64149  National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  1. BETHEELTRAINING INSTITUTE
    2. Blueprint Transformation
    3. Mako Centre for Health t/a Mako Institute
    4. Malwandla Health Care Training Centre
    5. Mamello Service Excellence
    6. NCHEBEKO SKILLS CONSULTANCY
    7. The South African Red Cross Society
    8. Umnotho Enterprise  
    74292  National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Mining And Minerals  1. BANA BA THARI MINING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (PTY) LTD
    2. MINES RESCUE SERVICES PTY LTD
    3. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE
    4. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION PTY LTD
    5. Technology Risk Solutions  
    74290  National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment: Safety  1. 4 Degree Consulting
    2. Corstac (PTY) Ltd
    3. Er 24 Ems (PTY) Ltd
    4. LABOURNET LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS
    5. Sds Training And Medical
    6. Sewelmash (PTY) Ltd
    7. SHEPPERD ACADEMY
    8. The Order of St John for South Africa
    9. Trinity Fire Cc
    10. Turtle Life Support
    11. Yellow Media Publishers (Pty) Ltd  



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