Introduction to Construction Health and Safety

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About this programme:

There has been increasing emphasis by the Department of Labour on improving the overall health and safety performance of the construction industry in South Africa to acceptable levels comparable with those of countries such as Sweden, Australia and the United Kingdom. This emphasis has led to the recent revision of the Construction Regulations 2014 and registration of construction H&S practitioners with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP). The national construction H&S improvement initiative is dependent on suitably and adequately trained H&S practitioners driving H&S within their spheres of influence in the industry. There are limited construction H&S training programmes and qualifications available in South Africa to ensure this outcome. This particular short programme addresses this shortage in the KZN province.

The programme will provide participants with a well-rounded, broad educational experience that will equip them with the knowledge base, competences and skills, underpinned by the theories, methodologies and principles essential to the effective management of construction health and safety on construction projects (both private and public).

How you will benefit:

  • Manage construction health and safety through understanding the legal requirements for construction health and safety at work
  • Implement health and safety management systems
  • Identify workplace hazards
  • Apply methods of hazard control and practical application of knowledge and understanding
  • Understand the principles and procedures of effective construction risk assessment, hazard identification and risk mitigation and effective construction health and safety management
  • Apply, analyse and evaluate the principles and procedures of effective construction risk assessment, hazard identification and risk mitigation and effective construction health and safety management

Key focus areas:

  • Legal principles
  • Responsibilities of construction process stakeholders
  • Culture and leadership
  • Managing construction health and safety
  • Health hazards including HIV and AIDS
  • Safety hazards
  • Hazard identification, risk assessment and mitigation
  • Construction health and safety management systems

Who should attend:

  • Anyone from the construction industry who will either already be working in the construction H&S field or interested in working in that field
  • Matriculants or school leavers desiring an intensive introduction to construction H&S for purposes of increasing their employability. This programme will be their first formal academic exposure to construction health and safety.

Entrance requirements:

  • Minimum qualification of matric or NQF 4 equivalent
  • Applicant must have access to a reliable Internet line to complete required hours online


12 days, online (interactive sessions with facilitators)

  • Full implementation plan to be communicated on registration
  • Recorded sessions will be available only for registered delegates for a limited period
  • Assessments are restricted and all social distancing measures are adhered to as per the DOH regulations

Learning Methodology:

Delegates attending the course are provided with a unique blended learning methodology which combines online access to subject content with real time engagement with facilitators, and the opportunity to add value through contact learning sessions, where feasible and appropriate.

Start Date Programme Fee
14th September 2022 R17 145
Course by:

UKZN Extended Learning