Control Workplace Hazards

Accreditation Seta within specific industry
Unit Standard
2 Day's

What is a Hazard?

Before we study identifying, analyzing and controlling hazards in the workplace, it’s important to know what a hazard is as, “a danger which threatens physical harm to employees.” Expanding on that basic definition we can think of a hazard as an: unsafe workplace conditions or practices (dangers) that could cause injuries or illnesses (harm) to employees.

A hazard may be an object (tools, equipment, machinery, materials) or a person (when distracted, mentally/physically incapable). It’s important to know that a hazard is only one part in the “accident formula” above. It takes a hazard and exposure to the hazard before an accident can occur.

At your workplace, if you look around your workplace, you will be able to locate a few hazardous conditions or work practices without too much trouble. Did you know that at any time an OSHA inspector could announce his or her presence at your front door to begin a comprehensive inspection. What would they find? What do they look for? Now, if you used the same inspection strategy as an inspector, wouldn’t that be smart?

What will my course cover?

Understand Legal: relevant current legislation, regulations and directives pertaining to mining and occupational health and safety.

Mandatory Codes of Practice.

South African National Standards and other relevant Standards.

Controlling Workplace Hazards

Governance requirement for hazards

Actions in case of exposure

Prevention of exposure to hazardous substances

Responsibilities of employer and employee

Impact of non compliance

Understand the material safety data sheets (MSDS) for hazardous substances

Describe hazards


chemical hazard,

biological hazard,

reproductive hazard,

eye effects and

heath effects (skin, ingestion, inhalation).

Emergency procedures to deal with hazardous substances

first aid measures,

fire fighting and

accidental release

Handling and storage procedures of hazardous substances

Exposure controls/personal protection measures

Disposal methods for the hazardous substances

Transportation of the hazardous substance

Risks associated with workplace hazardous substances.

Impact on people and environment

Conduct risk assessment

Dangers and methods of dealing with the possible exposure of persons to hazards

Control workplace hazardous substances.

The production, processing, use, storage, handing and transporting of hazardous substances

Disposal practices for hazardous substances

Control measures to prevent exposure

Emergency preparedness plans

Reporting of Hazards and non-compliance

What will I receive?

Professional animated videos of the complete course content in short video lessons.

Complete training guide

Workbook to support the learning

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment – Quiz after sections of content to test your understanding

Practical: completion of all workplace exercises