Qualification Title SAQA ID No: NQF level Credit Entry Requirement Duration
Occupational Certificate: Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHE&Q) Practitioner (Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner) 226302 5 256 NQF Level 4 or Equivalent Two Years

 Purpose of qualification:

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner.

An Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner serves as a facilitator and advisor to employees and management regarding safety and health aspects in the workplace including the monitoring and inspecting of the workplace, the recording and investigation of incidents and accidents. They also implement and maintain Occupational Health and Safety systems in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

A qualified learner will be able to:

o Inspect work places and environments to identify the occupational health and safety hazards and determine the risks associated with the work

o Facilitate and support actions to eliminate or control hazards in order to minimise risks in a designated work area

o Represent the needs of employees with regard to Occupational Health and Safety matters

o Participate in the planning and implementation of operational occupational health and safety management systems

o Monitor and continually improve the effectiveness of operational Occupational Health and Safety systems

Occupational Health and Safety is a core element of the success of all enterprises globally. The right to working in a safe and healthy environment is entrenched in the South African Constitution. The accountability for Occupational Health and safety is shared by all stakeholders and there are well established global practices and processes for ensuring occupational health and safety. Over the years the development and implementation of these systems have become a science on its own. Line managers are trained in these processes and a cadre of specialised employees have been established to develop, implement and monitor the effective use of these global best practices