Overview of NERSHCO Courses

Fact sheets

Training managers who educate employees with regard to health and safety can use these fact sheets as educational material or use it as a basis to design their own education material. Employees can also study these fact sheets (without supervision) to refresh their minds with regard to these factors. Some of the topics covered are: what it is, how it occurs, what the safe limit of the substance is, the effects and the control as well as the legislative requirements thereof.

Examples of these fact sheets are:

Occupational hygiene training

Various mixed-mode (self-study and compulsory attendance) OHTA occupational hygiene modules are offered. Following successful completion of these modules you would be able to apply for registration with the Southern Africa Institute of Occupational Hygiene of (SAIOH).

Risk assessment courses

A wide variety of tailor-made occupational health and safety risk assessment courses have been designed to meet not only what is required in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Mine Health and Safety Act, but also to meet the demands of the client. These courses are offered for all levels (management to illiterates) in the mining industry. The ultimate goal is to empower risk assessors to facilitate a risk assessment process. Although this is not a facilitators course it provides the participants with the necessary theoretical background on facilitation.

The duration of these courses varies between half a day for top management, one day for employees and between three to five days for middle management. The latter group is usually the group that conducts or facilitates the risk assessment process. The level of competency required for middle managers will ultimately determine the detail and the duration of the course.

Confined space workshop

Thousands of employees work in an enclosed, restricted, or limited space in which hazardous substances may accumulate or an oxygen deficient atmosphere may occur or in which dangerous gases, vapors, liquids, dust or fumes may be present. Are these employees trained to enter these areas? Does the company have a permit system to deal with these situations? Do employees determine if these circumstances are healthy and safe (mandatory in terms of the legislation) to enter? Are employees trained to deal with emergency and rescue situations?

A one-day workshop covers the above-mentioned topics under a confined space program, the control of atmospheric hazards and emergency planing and rescue.

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