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Health and Safety In Water and Waste Water Plants

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

In the Water Safety and Health Compliance course, we address the fundamental right of citizens to access drinkable water and the challenges of maintaining pollutant-free water systems in our current economic climate. With a focus on health and safety in water and wastewater plants, participants will learn the imperative measures to create barriers against infections and contaminants. The course emphasizes the critical role of risk management, proper utilization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and the application of appropriate tools and techniques. Managing risks associated with contact with waste materials, exposure to harmful gases, machinery operation, confined spaces, and heights are explored, along with compliance requirements outlined in the Occupational Safety Act (OHS) of 1993 and other relevant legislation. Hazard and Risk Management take center stage, emphasizing the immense costs to enterprises if not managed correctly, including serious injuries, fatalities, financial loss, legal issues, and operational delays. The course provides comprehensive insights into the various Acts impacting water and wastewater work, detailing the critical systems, people, and processes essential for ensuring the safety of all employees. Recognizing that risk is inherent in daily activities, the curriculum guides participants on assessing, monitoring, documenting, and managing risks for a holistic approach to health and safety in water-related environments. Join us on this educational journey to enhance your expertise in water safety and health compliance

What you will learn on this course:

  • Understanding the importance of Health and Safety Management, what it is, what it entails and how to manage and document safety and safety audits

  • Understanding risks, and how they may present themselves in every aspect of the environment

  • Learning the proper techniques for assessing, monitoring and management of risks

  • Understanding hazard identification so as to reduce risks

  • Comprehending roles and resposnibilities of all stakeholders with regard to Risk Management in Water and Waste Water

  • Learning more about all documentation as reauired by the OHS and the Department of Labour (DOL)

  • Understanding the documentation required to manage risks

  • Comprehending the appropriate appication of employee Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) regarding Physical Hazards and Risks

  • The role of organisational policies and procedures in relation to Risk Management in the Water and Waste Water environments

  • Understanding Risk Assessment methodologies, and compliance with the OHS

  • Understansding the process of developing Contingency and Emergency plans for Managing Risk

  • Devising and impelenting testing and revising of contingency plans

  • Understanding the methodology for defining Security Strategies

  • Learning about the procedures for investigations

  • Compehending injury claims, and integrating injured employees back into the workforce

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:

The Science of safety

  • What is Health and Safety?

  • The role of Health and Safety everyday

  • Health and Safety Programme elements

  • Adherence to the OHS

  • Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) imperatives

  • Other Acts that impact working with water and waste water

  • General responsibilities with regard to employees

  • Employee responsibilities

  • All processes that are impacted by the OHS

  • Legal Imperatives

  • Understanding compliance with the OHS and Department of Labour (DOL)

  • The impact of non-compliance

  • Incidents and accidents

  • Why employees don’t report incidences


Section 2:

Legislative Framework

  • The influence of laws, acts, codes and standards


Section 3: 

Applied Health and Safety

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) applicable to the working environment

  • PPE as a last resort

  • Criteria for selecting  PPE

  • General Safety Regulations (GSR2) and PPE

  • GSR2 and the OHS Act

  • All other laws governing Water and Waste Water management

  • PPE training and education

  • PPE Regulations

  • Creating and maintaining Material Data Sheets

Section 4:

Emergency Preparedness

  • Ensuring an Emergency Preparedness Plan is in place

  • Emergency procedures

  • What is a workplace Emergency?

  • How do you protect yourself, your employees and your enterprise

  • Emergency procedures and action plans

  • Pocedure for preparing an Emergency Action Plan

  • What should your Emergency Action Plan Include?

  • Evacuation plans

  • Fire and other safety drills and procedures

  • First aid and medical safety drills and procedures

Section 5:

Recording, Reporting and Investigating Incidents

  • Health and Safety Controls

  • What should be reported and investigated

  • Types of incidents

  • Procedure for reporting

  • Who does the investigation?

  • How to prevent an incident

  • The incident site, and what needs to be done immediately

  • How to secure the scene and gather data

  • Identifying parties that were involved

  • Steps in the investigation

  • Preventing an occurrence

  • Positioning corrective actions and documenting them for communication

  • All safety elements, electrical, machinery etc.

  • Use of chemicals for Water Treatment Plants

Section 6:

Improving Safety through ensuring that machines and equipment are well maintained

  • Servicing machines and maintenance

  • Removing worn out equipment from the work environment

  • Training to report damaged PPE equipment and machinery

Section 7:

Hazard Identification and Risk Assesment (HIRA)

  • Risk Management

  • Types of risks and hazards

  • Risks and hazards - use of work equipment

  • Hazard identification

  • Risk Management outcomes

  • Risk variables

  • Fundamentals of Risk Assessments

  • Establishing a Risk Assessment Process

  • “Suitable” and “Sufficient” risk assessment as defined by legislation

  • Types of risk assessments - Baseline, Continued and Issue based

  • HIRA development, approval and use

  • Key Decisions: Risks and Hazards

  • 6 steps to create a HIRA

  • Elements of Risk

  • Consequence/Severity (how serious)

  • Likelihood (how likely)

  • Frequency (how often)

  • Symbolic Safety Signs

  • Reporting and recording

  • The Format/Matrix of risk

  • Hierarchy of controls

  • Sources of hazards

  • Tips and tools to identify hazards

  • Use of work equipment, electricity, machinery, tools etc.

  • Exposure to substances or preparations that are hazardous to health

  • Exposure to physical and biological agents

  • Risk variables in this regard

  • Environmental factors and working climate

  • Interaction of the workplace and human factors

  • Psychological factors

Section 8:

Health and Safety Inspections and Audits

  • The Risk Assessment Process

  • Risk assessment tools

  • Conducting safety auits

Section 9:

Implementing controls

  • Engineering controls

  • Administrative controls

  • Process controls

Section 9:

Making Safety a Priority through ongoing Communication to Prevent Repeat Incidents and Accidents

  • Training employees, and reinforcing safe behaviours

  • Empahsising hazard indentificatuion

Section 9:

Developing a Positive Health and Safety Culture

  • Monitoring of health and safety

  • Basic hazards and risks in the wastewater and water treatment environment

  • 7 Strategies to control risks in Wastewater and Water Treatment Plants

Section 9:

Introducing Behavioural Based Safety (BBS) in water and Wastewater Treatment Works

  • Behaviour Based Safety (BBS)

  • Analysing company culture

  • Appropriate BBS application

  • Using BBS as a tool

Section 9:

Understanding of the procedure for compensation claims, and submissions for injuries and occupational diseases

  • Compensation

  • Act No. 130 of 1993: Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act

  • Rights and duties of emplyees

  • What are employees’ rights if they are Injured at work?

  • Claiming compensation

  • Coordinating the return of injured workers into the workplace

  • Procedure when reporting an Occupational Injury (ACCIDENT)


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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