How to become a professional safety manager

So you have decided to become a safety specialist,
"What now, and where to next?" you ask yourself.
With our learning plan, you can systematically complete our range of courses to get you heading in the right direction.
Follow this plan, and you'll surely be heading towards that dream job
Not to mention, once you've completed all of them, you can obtain the Advanced Safety for Management Certificate.
Which will allow you, once you have obtained 2 years of experience in the safety field, to register yourself for the TechSAIOSH professional registration. Which will count much in your favor in job applications and recognition.

Follow this route, and complete these courses:

Step 1:  Safety Induction and Liability
This course will introduce you to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act of South Africa, as well as introduce you to the various regulations the accompany it
Step 2:  Executive Legal Liability*
This course will take you one step further, an approach the OHS Act from a view of the employer or business owner, and cover the liabilities and responsibilities that is placed on senior management and the executives.
Step 3:  Safety Representative
These are the employer's and employees' person who is in charge of making sure, via daily or weekly inspections that the workplace is free from hazards and risks, they also have a key role to play in the communication between employees and management.

Step 4:  Fire Marshal
Though some would not see this as a critical step in a safety managers development, we would say otherwise. If you think about it, an entire building is filled with extinguishers and hose reels, and fire is a very real threat in most industries. This course aims to give you the knowledge of how fires start, spread and the safest way to put them out. So why not arm yourself, the future safety manager, with this knowledge right? Exactly!

Step 5:  Evacuation Marshal*
This one adds onto step 4, now that you have covered the specific emergency of when a fire breaks out, now we have to get the people safely out our building. But here's some food for thought, is fire the only time we'll need to evacuate people out the building?
Not at all, we live in South Africa after all, there are many outside threats which would need us to evacuate our people, bomb threats, riots/strikes, flooding, etc. This course will give you all the legal requirements of emergency preparedness, evacuation drills, what to do and how to do it

Step 6:  Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment*
As you may already know, health and safety is all about removing or reducing the risks and hazards for employees and the public, this course teaches you just that, and goes one step further in explaining how to remove these risks, it is a very important part of health and safety management.

Step 7:  Dangerous Goods Handling
It's no surprise that every company out there, makes use of, stores or handles dangerous goods. Be it chemicals, washing liquid, sanitizer or brake fluid to name a few. But what many do not realise is that there is an entire set of duties imposed by law on this, most people don't even realise how volatile certain household chemicals are with each other. This course teaches you how to recognise dangerous goods, how they should be stored, safely used, and transported.

Step 7:  Incident Investigation*
Even the best safety systems sometimes allow for an accident or incident to occur, there is no way away from it. Even after you've removed all the risks and hazards. So what do we do?
We conduct an incident investigation of course, not to just please the government official when they request a report, but we use it to better our systems, so that we can prevent the same incident from happening again. This is a great course, as it tackles what happens after you've done all that you could.

Step 8:  Safe Stacking and Storage
There are so many different products out there, and at one point in their lives, after they have been manufactured, they will be stored in a warehouse somewhere. Safe Stacking and Storage may seem like a simple thing to skip over, but it really is not. So many people practice incorrect stacking, and it always results in entire loads coming down onto people. This course teaches you what the law says, as well as how to practice safe stacking and storage properly.

Step 9: Safety Supervisor*
Now this is where it all comes together. You have completed the courses before this, now we teach you how to take that knowledge and manage a safety system, firstly, put it in place, manage it, and take care of it and the employees under your safety.

Once you have completed all these courses or at least the minimum courses (indicated with * next to the step, you will be eligible to apply for the Advanced Safety for Management Certificate, which you can apply for by simply contacting us.

After you have completed all this and would like to upskill yourself further, you can look at these possible courses:
- NEBSOCH, this is a internationally recognised certificate, meaning that once you have successfully completed it, you'll be able to implement safety across the globe, and don't write it off just yet, you must remember that many of our larger companies are internationally owned and managed, meaning that some companies in South Africa need to comply with extra regulations from other countries.

- National Diploma/degree in Health and Safety, this one is self explanatory and speaks for itself. However, it does take a long time to complete, but will benefit you in the long run as it covers simply everything, just make sure you're doing your degree or diploma through a recognised learning institution. You do this buy asking for their accreditation certificates and the courses accreditation documents. Which then, if need be, you can contact the organisation who they claim have accredited them and ask them if it's valid.

We hope this little guideline helps you to your dream job of becoming a health and safety manager, or inspector if you prefer walking into companies as the main force of the government.
Being a health and safety officer or manager is a great job, you are directly in charge of the safety of others, and though it may sound scary, it's not. If you do the work that needs to be done, and follow due diligence, you work does result in saving people's lives and the reward for that is like you never can believe.
Not to mention health and safety is a crucial job, and you'll always find yourself working with senior management or the executives. How's that for being recognised.
We wish you all the best, and know that we're always here to help.
Stay Safe, and go for your goals, never give up!

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