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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the Built Environment Workshop

Presented by: Mike Lacey-Smith

Accredited Live Interactive Webinar

On Completion of this live course professionals will receive a professional Certificate of completion, 2 ECSA CPD Points / 14 PMI PDUs, and 3 Month Access to Course Recordings for review purposes

Construction Managers

About the course

Health and Safety is critical on any project site. Getting it right requires a deeper understanding of managing a project both legally and practically.

Obviously, the Health and Safety requirements for a project have been integrated into the Project Plan upon which a project is based. Both the investigation and planning phases of site management should have put in place in pace for and prescribed guidelines for Health and Safety management

No two projects are the same, but Health and Safety for the most part remains constant. This includes This is based on the The Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (OHS) Act and all amendments.

A deeper understanding of the OHS is necessary to both effectively and efficiently navigate a project. Without this more comprehensive understanding of the intricacies and legal obligations prescribed in the Act, complications and added cost will negatively impact any endeavour.

This workshop is designed to give a solid understanding of the OHS, and provide practical tools to manage projects in the built environment. This starts with The Health and Safety Plan, and integration with the health and Safety File.

No project manager wants and investigation by the Department of Labour (DOL) for an accident on site. This can be best mitigated by proper adherence to, and proper application of the OHS in the ever-changing site environment.

What you will learn on this course:

  • Understanding OHS principles, its role, and compliance with legislation, by-laws, codes, and standards

  • Exploring the OHS Act structure, governing principles, specific sections, and roles of key players

  • Recognizing legal duties and obligations of employers in occupational health and safety

  • Health and Safety File

  • Recognizing responsibilities across project phases

  • Understanding the contents and users of the Health and Safety File

  • Grasping the implications of non-compliance with Health and Safety File requirements

  • Importance of Tool-Box Talks

  • Understanding the structure and purpose of Tool-Box Talks

  • Managing Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) at the end of Tool-Box Talks

  • Safe Work Procedures (SWP)

  • Emphasizing teamwork, safety rules, and housekeeping

  • Identifying workplace risks, hazards, and hazard identification techniques

  • Understanding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and symbolic safety signs

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Acknowledging the necessity of emergency preparedness

  • Understanding evacuation plans, procedures, and site-specific emergency plans

  • Grasping first aid procedures for a safe working environment

  • Hazard Incidence and Risk Assessment (HIRA)

  • Understanding legal requirements and types of risk assessments

  • Conducting Baseline, Issue-Based, and Continuous Risk Assessments

  • Applying risk assessment criteria, practical tools, and control measures

  • Investigations

  • Understanding the purpose and legal responsibilities in incident investigations

  • Identifying types of workplace incidents and loss control measures

  • Navigating the incident investigation process, including the six key questions

  • Implementing corrective actions and evaluating their effectiveness

Accreditation for this course

This live webinar is approved by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Complete the course to earn 2 ECSA CPD Points. PMP Certificate holders will also receive 14 PMI PDUs. This certification boosts your standing in the engineering world, showcasing dedication and excellence. Regularly updating CPD points is vital with bodies like ECSA, as not doing so could affect your membership. Stay updated, prioritize your certification, and highlight your commitment to engineering growth.

Who is this course for:

All Engineers, Technicians and Technical Specialists who are responsible writing technical reports, and those who are responsible for writing Technical Specifications for any technical document including that which is required for contracts.

On completion of the course, you will receive the following:

  • A certificate of completion

  • 2 ECSA CPD points

  • For PMP Certificate holders: 14 PMI PDUs

  • 3-month access to recordings of live sessions (for delegates who miss a session due to load shedding)

  • An accredited self-paced course with additional CPD points

  • This is a live interactive course, allowing you to ask the presenter questions in real-time.

Note: Live sessions must be attended to qualify for the certificate; recordings are for review only.

What is covered in this course


Section 1:

OHS and an Overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

  • What is OHS?

  • The role of OHS in your organisation

  • Importance of complying with health and safety legislation; by-laws; codes and standards

  • Purpose of the OHS Act

  • Reasons for applying health and safety at work

  • The principles of OHS

  • The Role Players and responsibilities in OHS (Leadership, Health and safety Office and Representatives)

  • General responsibilities of employers with regard to employees

  • The Occupational and Health and Safety Act Introduction

  • Governing principles of the Act

  • Sections of the Act

  • General Regulations

  • Environmental Regulations for Workplaces

  • Facilities Regulations

  • General Administration Regulations

  • General Safety Regulations (Including the new draft regulation)

  • Health related regulations – General and specific to the industry

  • Legal duties of OHS Practitioners

  • Duties of employers to people other than employees

  • Duty of the employer to inform and communicate

  • Requirements applicable to other contractors

  • Implications of unlawful actions failing to follow prescriptions by Employers

  • Implications of unlawful actions failing to follow prescriptions by Employers

  • Health and Safety Representative and Committees

  • Health and Safety Representatives

  • OHS Act requirements applicable to Health and Safety representatives

  • When and how to appoint representatives

  • How many to appoint

  • Who to appoint

  • Facilities assistance and training

  • Rights, powers, functions and duties of Representatives in terms of the OHS Act

  • Health and Safety committees

  • OHS Act requirements regarding the establishment of Health and Safety committees

  • What is the purpose of Health and Safety committees?

  • Committee’s duties

  • Record keeping


Section 2:

The Health and Safety File

  • Who is responsible for the Health and Safety File in each part of the Project

  • The Contents of the Health and Safety File

  • Who uses the file

  • Implications for non-compliance


Section 3: 

The importance of Tool-Box Talks

  • Why Tool-Box Talks?

  • The structure

  • Clarification of understanding

  • Routine and structure

  • HIRA management at the end of Tool- Box Talks

Section 4:

Safe Work Procedures (SWP)

  • Teamwork

  • Safety rules and procedures

  • Housekeeping

  • Issues such as Intoxication  

  • Workplace risks and hazards

  • What is a risk?

  • What is a hazard?

  • Different types of hazards: Chemical, Biological and Physical, Noise, Safety, Ergonomic, Psychosocial and, Ventilation

  • Different hazard identification techniques

  • Provision of adequate light           

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Providing the equipment and appropriate PPE according to the situation

  • Prescriptions relating to protective equipment

  • Symbolic safety signs

  • Reasons for the use of symbolic safety signs

  • Different categories of signs

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Necessity of emergency preparedness

  • Evacuation plans

  • Evacuation procedures for workers

  • Fire and other safety drills and procedures

  • Disabled persons and evacuation           

  • First aid procedures

  • Site specific emergency plan 

Section 5:

Hazard Incidence and Risk Assessment (HIRA)

  • Important definitions and terminology

  • Legal requirements (OHS Act) and the DOL

  • Different types of risk assessments

  • Baseline Risk Assessment

  • Issue Based Risk Assessments

  • Continuous Risk Assessment

  • Risk assessment criteria

  • Hazards and risks likely to be encountered

  • Legal risk exposures

  • Influence of codes and standards

  • The risk assessment process

  • Practical risk assessment tools

  • Conduct a risk assessment using the HIRA methodology

  • Reporting and recording

  • Identify applicable control measures

Section 6:


  • Purpose of investigations

  • Who performs investigations

  • Legal responsibilities (OHS Act)

  • Chief Directorate OHS

  • Powers and rights of inspectors (OHS Act)

  • Incident investigation overview

  • Type of workplace incidents

  • Loss control and near-misses

  • Predicting probability and reducing cost

  • Incident reduction and prevention

  • Role of investigators

  • Employee involvement

  • Reporting procedures for Occupational Injuries and Diseases

  • The importance of accurate and correct recording of incidents

  • Incident investigation process 

  • The six key questions:

  • Who

  • What

  • When

  • Where

  • Why

  • How

  • Preparing for an investigation

  • Conduction the investigation (Six Steps)

  • Step 1 - Investigate the incident

  • Initial response (Secure the scene)

  • Collecting facts

  • Physical evidence

  • Eyewitness accounts

  • Conducting interviews

  • Developing the narrative

  • Step 2 - Identify causes

  • Contributing factors

  • Determining causes

  • Root Causes (Root cause analysis)

  • Indirect Causes

  • Direct causes

  • Step 3 - Report the findings

  • Analysing facts

  • Report writing

  • Step 4 - Take corrective action

  • Focussing on the purpose

  • Corrective actions

  • Information obtained during the investigation

  • Step 5 - Implementation

  • Follow up of recommendations

  • Assigning responsibility

  • Communicating the results

  • Step 6 - Evaluate the effectiveness

  • Monitoring the effectiveness of corrective action

  • Follow up of corrective measures


Your Instructor

Mike Lacey-Smith

Mike is a seasoned Psychologist and Facilitator with extensive experience in Leadership Development, Personal Effectiveness, Emotional Intelligence, Mentorship, Coaching, and various other training programs. He has a diverse background, having worked with over 250 companies globally and presented in 13 African countries and Mauritius. With a career spanning industries such as Engineering, Mining, Healthcare, Construction, and more, Mike excels in Leadership and Executive Coaching, as well as facilitating workshops on Strategic Thinking, Problem Solving, Design Thinking, and Innovation.

As an accomplished author, Mike published "Life after the Pause" in August 2020, exploring the impact of SARS-Cov-2 on individuals, economies, businesses, and leadership worldwide. He has developed workshops based on this work, helping leaders navigate the challenges of the evolving work environment. Mike's qualifications include a BA in English, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, and a MA in Counselling Psychology. With certifications in Scrum Fundamentals, TEFL, and LEAN SIX SIGMA WHITE BELT, he continues to stay at the forefront of industry trends. Throughout his career, Mike has contributed significantly to various sectors, including Government Departments, Construction, Project Management, and Occupational Health and Safety. His expertise extends to facilitating workshops on Tender Preparation and Evaluation, reflecting his commitment to advancing professional skills.

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