1. The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993

1.1.    Labour Laws including

1.2.    Basic Conditions of Employment Act

1.3.    Labour Relations Act

1.4.    General duties of employers towards workers

1.5.    General duties of manufacturers, designers, importers, sellers or suppliers regarding the use of articles and substances at work

1.6.    General duties of the worker

1.7.    Rights of the worker

1.8.    Duty not to interfere with or misuse objects

1.9.    Health and safety representatives

1.10.     Health and safety committees

1.11.     Deductions

1.12.     Report to the Chief Inspector regarding occupational diseases

1.13.     Cooperation with the inspector

1.14.     Prosecutions

1.15.     Getting assistance from an inspector

2. Proactive Health and Safety Management

2.1.    Identify hazards

2.2.    Remove hazards

2.3.    Reduce hazards that can’t be removed

2.4.    Manage hazards

2.5.    Keep accurate and comprehensive records

2.6.    Control methods to prevent accidents

2.7.    Risk assessment tools

3. HRM’s role in managing employees in the Health and Safety space

3.1.    Developing a Health and Safety Policy for the business

3.2.    Ensuring employee compliance with the Act

3.3.    Managing employee absenteeism

3.4.    Medical check-ups for employees

3.5.    Developing a safe attitude to work

3.6.    Taking responsibility for personal health and safety

3.7.    Emergency response procedures

3.8.    Safety signs that must be displayed in the workplace

4. Beyond the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993

4.1.   Pre-employment risk assessments

4.2.   Regular workplace risk assessments

4.3.   Special cases e.g. pregnancy

4.4.   Workplace practices to mitigate employee risk

5. Financial implications

5.1.   Compensating the employee

5.2.   Calculating the true cost of an accident/ incident

5.3.   Claiming from the Worker’s Compensation Fund

Key learning outcomes from the Occupational Health and Safety Module:

  1. Knowledge of relevant legislation
  2. Tools for proactive health and safety management
  3. An understanding of HRM’s role in health and safety management
  4. Knowledge of the costs of failing to comply with health and safety requirements
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