Health and Safety Representative Training

Health and Safety Representative Training

Areas of Study: Health and Safety

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Health and Safety Representatives play a pivotal role in keeping workplaces healthy and safe. By representing workers in their area of responsibility, health and safety representatives provide a means for workers to raise health and safety issues within their workplace, and follow a process with managers to resolve them.

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Course Summary

Introduction

Health and Safety Representatives play a pivotal role in keeping workplaces healthy and safe. By representing workers in their area of responsibility, health and safety representatives provide a means for workers to raise health and safety issues within their workplace, and follow a process with managers to resolve them.

Safety is everyone's responsibility, and building a healthier and safer work environment is a company's top priority. Following proper safety procedures begins with individuals, and ultimately affects each person in the company. We should all work together to ensure that the work environment is healthy and safe. Setting a Health and Safety (H & S) example for others in the work environment is the strongest convincer that anybody in an organization has in his armour to ensure that the dream of a safe workplace can be achieved.

The key is that we can work together to recognize potential hazards and risks, and prove our H & S commitment to achieve our goals. One should never work on a project or conduct a procedure without fully understanding how to go about it safely. Mature people are always willing to ask someone who is knowledgeable to assist. Once help has been given, ensure that their suggestions and proposed changes are implemented if necessary.

Content

The complete course consists of the following four parts:

  • An Introduction to Safety
  • The Health and Safety Representative
  • Hazard Identification for the H & S Representative
  • Workplace Inspections by H & S Representative
The course comprises 15 learning sessions, each of 30 - 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables, images, references, and interactive reviews that confirm achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is estimated at 12 hours of learning content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the specified requirements to conduct health and safety representation activities at a working place.
  • Add value to an organization by participating in the actions to address health and safety related issues as an H & S representative.
  • Meaningfully participate in activities within health and safety organizational structures.

Recommended Background

  • Practical experience in the discipline represented.
  • Familiarity with mining operations in general.

Dr. Carl Marx

Dr. Carl Marx is a mining engineer and has worked in the mining industry for the past 40 years in various positions, including senior management, government mining engineering and private consultant. He is knowledgeable on a wide variety of mining types and methodologies including narrow vein hard rock mining (gold and platinum), block caving mining (diamond), board and pillar and long wall mining (coal), open pit mining (coal, gold, copper, kaolin, bauxite), dimension stone mining (granite) and various types of aggregate mining. Dr. Marx is a qualified Mining Engineer with a Mine Manager's certificate of Competency form the South African Government, a Bachelors of Commerce degree (B.Com), a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). He was previously employed on a part time basis at the University of South Africa (UNISA) as the risk management lecturer for a period of 4 years and as an eternal student himself has a good understanding of the academic world.

His experience in more than 14 countries around the globe provides him with the cultural sensitivity to consult in most countries. Dr. Marx is currently employed as a specialist advisor to a mining company in Saudi Arabia. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of mining engineers. Dr. Marx has a wide variety of publications in international magazines on subjects that ranges from mining finance and project management to mining legislation and safety and health as well as a chapter (Introduction to Safety Management) in a textbook "Management for Engineers, Technologists and Scientists" edited by Nel, WP and published by Juta, Cape Town, South Africa.