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10 Principles Every OHS Representative Should Know

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OHS representatives working in any kind of environment need to follow certain rules, regulations, and laws. But it is the SAFETY PRINCIPLES that help them do their jobs well!

Take a look at 10 of the most important principles every occupational health & safety rep should know to:
- Make their work environment safe
- Keep on top of all their duties
- Become successful professionals

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10 Principles Every OHS Representative Should Know

  1. 1. PRINCIPLES EVERY HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE SHOULD KNOW 10
  2. 2. Working in occupational health & safety means having a lot of responsibilities
  3. 3. Safety PRINCIPLES are there to help you keep on top of things, do your job correctly, and keep the workplace safe and healthy. Working in occupational health & safety means having a lot of responsibilities
  4. 4. So here are every OHS Representative should know and follow 10 PRINCIPLES
  5. 5. ALWAYS FOLLOW PROTOCOL 1 http://oxbridgeacademy.co.za/courses/occupational-health-safety/
  6. 6. Health & safety laws, policies, rules, guidelines and regulations
  7. 7. are there not only to protect employees, but to protect the OHS representative as well. Health & safety laws, policies, rules, guidelines and regulations
  8. 8. are there not only to protect employees, but to protect the OHS representative as well. If you don’t follow set protocols and something goes wrong, you will be the one in trouble! Health & safety laws, policies, rules, guidelines and regulations
  9. 9. ELICIT VISIBLE AND ACTIVE COMMITMENT FROM THE TOP 2
  10. 10. Employees need to know management is concerned for their health and safety.
  11. 11. It’s the OHS representative’s role to facilitate effective communication between them. Employees need to know management is concerned for their health and safety.
  12. 12. Employees need to know management is concerned for their health and safety. It’s the OHS representative’s role to facilitate effective communication between them.
  13. 13. EDUCATE AND ENGAGE THE WORKFORCE 3
  14. 14. Engaging the workforce is key to achieving safe and healthy workplace conditions.
  15. 15. A health & safety representative needs to educate employees on health and safety regulations, protocols, and practices. Engaging the workforce is key to achieving safe and healthy workplace conditions.
  16. 16. A health & safety representative needs to educate employees on health and safety regulations, protocols, and practices. Organise training sessions, workshops, and regular drills in the workplace. Engaging the workforce is key to achieving safe and healthy workplace conditions.
  17. 17. PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN REACTION 4
  18. 18. Identify health and safety risks, before they can cause an incident.
  19. 19. Identify health and safety risks, before they can cause an incident. You need to constantly assess, monitor, and report on potential risks.
  20. 20. You need to constantly assess, monitor, and report on potential risks. You also need to seek out competent advice regarding each risk you encounter. Identify health and safety risks, before they can cause an incident.
  21. 21. KNOW HOW TO RESPOND TO INJURIES 5
  22. 22. A workplace injury requires you to:
  23. 23. 1. Respond with First Aid measures. 2. Report the injury immediately. 3. Identify the source of the injury. 4. Implement prevention measures for similar incidents. 5. Compile a thorough report on the event. 6. Maintain medical surveillance of injured parties. A workplace injury requires you to:
  24. 24. 1. Respond with First Aid measures. 2. Report the injury immediately. 3. Identify the source of the injury. 4. Implement prevention measures for similar incidents. 5. Compile a thorough report on the event. 6. Maintain medical surveillance of injured parties. A workplace injury requires you to:
  25. 25. ENSURE EVERYONE WEARS APPROPRIATE CLOTHING 6 http://oxbridgeacademy.co.za/courses/occupational-health-safety/
  26. 26. Always make sure all employees adhere to the safety gear and clothing regulations.
  27. 27. Safety gear might include: Industrial boots, hardhats, safety goggles, reflective vests, disposable or heavy duty gloves, leg protectors, and face masks. Always make sure all employees adhere to the safety gear and clothing regulations.
  28. 28. CREATE, AND USE, CHECKLISTS 7 http://oxbridgeacademy.co.za/courses/occupational-health-safety/
  29. 29. OHS representatives should have checklists they can go through for different occasions and events.
  30. 30. For each workplace event, you should have a pre-set health and safety checklist you can use to make sure all due processes are followed to ensure safety, and that all regulations are adhered to. OHS representatives should have checklists they can go through for different occasions and events.
  31. 31. For each workplace event, you should have a pre-set health and safety checklist you can use to make sure all due processes are followed to ensure safety, and that all regulations are adhered to. You can also have a daily checklist to make sure the workplace is consistently safe. OHS representatives should have checklists they can go through for different occasions and events.
  32. 32. FOLLOW THE WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN 8
  33. 33. The OHS representative should put procedures in place to ensure:
  34. 34. • Waste segregation • Recycling • Cleaning of waste areas • Appropriate packaging of waste • Proper storage of waste • Adequate transportation of waste • Decontamination of waste areas • Cleanliness of working environments The OHS representative should put procedures in place to ensure:
  35. 35. BE AWARE OF ISSUES SUCH AS HIV/AIDS 9
  36. 36. Especially in countries such as South Africa, HIV/AIDS is a big workplace issue.
  37. 37. Confidentiality is important to protect HIV- positive employees from discrimination, but you should also make efforts to educate employees on prevention. Especially in countries such as South Africa, HIV/AIDS is a big workplace issue.
  38. 38. Confidentiality is important to protect HIV- positive employees from discrimination, but you should also make efforts to educate employees on prevention. Be aware of the particular issues your workers face, and address them appropriately. Especially in countries such as South Africa, HIV/AIDS is a big workplace issue.
  39. 39. REPORT INCIDENTS CORRECTLY AND COMPLETELY 10
  40. 40. Incident reporting is extremely important.
  41. 41. A report of any incident, risk, injury, or safety- related issue should be made and kept on record. It should also be handed over to the appropriate authorities or management representative. Incident reporting is extremely important.
  42. 42. A report of any incident, risk, injury, or safety- related issue should be made and kept on record. It should also be handed over to the appropriate authorities or management representative. The report and description of the incident should always be as complete as possible. Incident reporting is extremely important.
  43. 43. LEARN MORE ABOUT STARTING A CAREER IN OHS
  44. 44. Oxbridge Academy offers a range of top occupational health & safety training courses:
  45. 45. Short Courses Certificates ISO-aligned Courses Oxbridge Academy offers a range of top occupational health & safety training courses:
  46. 46. Safety Management OHS Management Security Management Safety Audit Inspection SHE Awareness in Oxbridge Academy offers a range of top occupational health & safety training courses: Short Courses Certificates ISO-aligned Courses
  47. 47. Safety Management OHS Management Security Management Safety Audit Inspection SHE Awareness in Oxbridge Academy offers a range of top occupational health & safety training courses: …and more! Short Courses Certificates ISO-aligned Courses
  48. 48. “As a Safety Officer by profession, the knowledge I gained on this course (OHS) is out of this world. The things I always needed to know were in the modules!” -Neshala Eric, Oxbridge Academy student
  49. 49. “As a Safety Officer by profession, the knowledge I gained on this course (OHS) is out of this world. The things I always needed to know were in the modules!” -Neshala Eric, Oxbridge Academy student
  50. 50. LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN BECOME AN OHS REPRESENTATIVE BY STUDYING VIA DISTANCE LEARNING http://www.oxbridgeacademy.co.za/find-a-course/safety-occupational-health-and-safety-management/
  51. 51. LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN BECOME AN OHS REPRESENTATIVE BY STUDYING VIA DISTANCE LEARNING

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