Basic Occupational Health and Safety






Learners acquiring this standard will be learning towards obtaining a national qualification or are working within a health and safety environment, where acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to learner`s job, or chances of finding employment.

  • Unit 1:Identify hazards
  • Different hazards are identified and categorised according to specific area, job category, work procedure, machinery or substances used.
  • Workplace inspections are undertaken in specific work areas/procedures.
  • Information on specific Occupational Risk Exposure Profiles is contributed (OREP) in reports.
  • Individuals and categories of employees are assisted in contributing to their OREPs.
  • Employees are assisted in hazard identification (informal on the job hazard education/training for other employees).
  • Hazard identification is communicated in specific areas and jobs with employees and management.
  • The links between work, health, safety and the environment are explained (public safety)


  • Unit 2:Evaluate and report hazards.
  • Hazards are evaluated and prioritized (in particular area, work procedures and job categories) according to the risk of exposure and the risk of detrimental health outcome (occupational injury or disease)
  • Input devices.
  • Recommendations on hazards drafted in H&S structures are reported on and discussed.
  • Participation in incident investigations is secured.
  • Incident investigation outcomes are communicated with employees.
  • A rudimentary knowledge of Risk Assessment (R.A.) and ability to contribute information to R.A is displayed.
  • Employees are informed of hazard evaluation activities, results and R.A. reports.


  • Unit 3: Apply preventative measures (including training) in the workplace. 
  • Control measures in place are identified and explained
  • The principle of the hierarchy of control measures to the workplace are applied
  • Hazard control measures are communicated, in specific areas and jobs with employees and management.
  • The control measures in place for particular areas, work procedure, machinery or substance are described, evaluated and reported on.
  • Informal, on the job peer learning is facilitated from shared experiences.
  • Useful OH&S training materials and resources are identified and evaluated
  • Relevant OH&S training is undertaken.
  • OH&S training needs are identified.


  • Unit 4:Explain, use and comply with relevant legislation and regulations
  • The responsibilities, duties and rights of individuals in the workplace and the relevant internal and external bodies are described correctly
  • The OH&S information relevant to the workplace are located and explained.
  • Relevant COID Act rights and procedures are explained and interpreted.
  • Employees are informed of their OH&S rights.
  • Employees are advised of the duties, functions and responsibilities of the employer and the H&S role players in the workplace,
  • Information is utilised from the legislation to perform responsibilities/duties to engage.
  • Employers` representatives on OH&S related issues are identified
  • The Department of Labour (DoL) representatives, OH practitioners and occupational hygienists responsible for measuring or undertaking surveillance programmes are engaged with.
  • Workplace compliance with regulations and legislation is assessed and reported on.


  • Unit 5:Gather and organise OHS information from the workplace.
  • Meetings and interviews with employees are conducted to gather OH&S needs and information.
  • Information from reports, meetings and inspections is summarised to address H&S issues with affected employees

Duration: 1 Day

Delivery: Classroom/Online


National Certificate in Basic Occupational Health and Safety

Accreditation: TETA

SAQA ID: 113852

NQF Level: 3

Credits: 10