Why should you send your staff for OHS training?

As an employer, why should you train your staff in workplace health and safety? Isn’t it just an additional cost? The simple truth is that Occupational Health and Safety Training enables workers and employers to identify risks and save lives.

The South African Government has been working for years to make the working conditions for employees and the general public as healthy and safe as possible, resulting in the OHS Act 85 of 1993, which governs workplace safety through a series of laws.

Our nationally accredited OHS courses are designed to familiarise staff with the basics of Occupational Health and Safety standards, in order to ensure the safest workplace. We will provide you with the information you need to create a safe workplace and help you learn how to manage any accidents or injuries that occur.

Workplace Health and Safety training can have a beneficial impact on any business, no matter how large or small:

  • benefits of Occupational Health and Safety Training Compliance: For many companies in South Africa, OHS training is mandatory, and fines for non-compliance can be significantly higher than the cost of training staff. SAFETECH’s training courses are both practical and affordable.
  • Best practice: The importance of the using safe work methods and procedures are stressed, whilst also communicating the need for high performance standards.
  • Audits: Receive points awarded towards OHS and Skills development of staff on your BEE scorecard, and ensure you are compliant with DOL visits, Euro GAP requirements, star ratings, and more. Due to our accreditations you can claim money back spent on our training. Please contact your SETA or SDF for more information.
  • Peace of mind: Training contributes to the process of identifying, understanding and eliminating risks within the workplace, giving you peace of mind in knowing that your business is in safe hands should something happen while you are away from the premises.
  • New Tenders: OHS training is a must for most tenders and must be already in place at the time you apply for that tender.
  • Increase productivity & skill development: Training in a language you feel comfortable with increases quality of work produced. It also increases the efficiency in which the task is completed. This is as less time is spent on resolving mistakes, and all time and effort can be placed on the job at hand.
  • Reduction of costs: Make savings a reality when less work-related injuries or accidents occur. Save on your overall costs associated with cost of injury, IOD claims, illness, death, damage to equipment, loss of income, higher insurance premiums, staff turnover, and also delayed deliveries of products and service.

Workplace Health and Safety training also has an impact on individuals within the workplace.

  • Responsibility – Individuals within the organisation understand that they have a responsibility for others within the business and, therefore, they aim to achieve a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Role clarified – Training allows workers to clearly identify their role and what their responsibility is in relation to Health & Safety under the organisation’s health and safety policy.
  • WSP (Workplace Skills Plan) & SDL (Skills Development Levies): You can qualify for a rebate on money paid towards skills development levies in a year, and have access to discretionary grants including learnerships, skills programmes, internships, bursaries, work experience grants and other learning programme funding sources.

Overall, H&S training clearly defines roles and responsibilities for all, increases productivity, decreases risks, and illustrates to staff that their company is concerned about and taking responsibility for the health and safety of all its employees.

Without workplace health and safety training, you could be leaving yourself wide open to avoidable risks!