Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment Course

(HIRA – OHS Act & Mine Health and Safety Act)

(Full Day Workshop)

(Including proposed amendments to risk assessment as per proposed Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill)



27 November 2019: Tsogo Sun: Century City: Stay Easy: Cape Town


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Course content:


Unit 1: Introduction

1.1 Introduction       

1.2 Reasons for risk assessments

1.3 What is meant by the term ‘‘risk assessment’’


Unit 2: Legal requirements

2.1 Legal requirements in South Africa

2.2 Legal requirement stipulated by the OHS Act

2.3 Legal requirement stipulated by the MHS Act

2.4 Risk assessment standards (SANS/ISO 31 000 standard & SIMRAC guidelines)


Unit 3: Definitions, terminology and examples

3.1 Important definitions of the OHS Act and MHS Act

3.2 Relevant terminology

3.3 Examples of work-related hazards and risks


Unit 4: HIRA principles and criteria

4.1 Criteria for assessments

4.2 HIRA principles


Unit 5: Legal risk exposures; codes and standards

5.1 Legal risk exposure;

5.2 Influence of codes/ standards and

5.3 General criteria for risk assessment


Unit 6: Risk management; types of risk assessments 

6.1 Risk management and HIRA

6.2 Influence of codes and standards

6.3 Different types of risk assessments (Baseline -; Issue based - & Continues HIRA)


Unit 7: Managing the HIRA process 

7.1 How to establish a HIRA program

7.2 HIRA process and management

7.3 Planning the HIRA


Unit 8: HIRA methodology 

Step 1 Initiating the HIRA and selecting the approach

Step 2 Selection a suitable ‘‘Risk Assessment Report’’

Step 3 Identify the hazards

Step 4 Determine the associated risk(s) to the identified hazards

Step 5 Identify all parties affected by the hazard and determine how they can be affected

Step 6 Evaluate or assess the risk (Methods to rate the risk & Risk ranking matrix)


Unit 9: Managing the risk 

9.1 Sequence of applying control measures

9.2 Identify and evaluate existing risk controls

9.3 Identify appropriate control measures

9.4 Hazard register

9.5 Compile an action plan

9.6 Communicate and consult

9.7 Implementation

9.8 Record keeping

9.9 Monitor the effectiveness of measures

9.10 Review and update

9.11 Conclusion


Purpose of the course:

Risk assessment is essential to any organisation or business, it is a legal requirement stipulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act as well as the Mine Health and Safety Act.


HIRA promotes a pro-active approach towards effective Health and Safety Management, serving as a valuable tool to the organisation in order to elevate the standard(s) of safety, meeting legal compliance and protecting persons from the hazards that they may potentially be exposed to.


Course outcomes:

On completion of the course the delegates will have knowledge and understanding of the scope and impact of the risk assessment process, including the legal requirement imposed upon the employer for the completion of suitable and sufficient risk assessments.


Delegates will be equipped with the knowledge and skill to be able to identify and assess work related hazards and participate in baseline and continuous HIRA activities.


Learners will be empowered to identify and assess work related hazards and risks in order to identify, implement and evaluate effective methods of control into the situation.


At the end of this course you will be able to: 

  • Explain the specified requirements needed to conduct a base-line risk assessment

  • Prepare to conduct a baseline risk assessment

  • Conduct a baseline risk assessment

  • Initiate remedial action for hazards identified and risks assessed


Unit Standard 

  • Aligned to Unit Standard: 244287

  • Title of US: Conduct a baseline risk assessment and take appropriate action


Who should attend? 

  • Management and supervisors

  • Health and safety representatives and OHS committee members

  • SHE practitioners/ officers

  • Contractors

  • Subject experts

  • Safety, health and environmental personnel such as risk managers, loss control officers, facility managers

  • Any person who is expected to carry out baseline hazard identification and risk assessments



  • R 2740-00 (incl. Vat) per delegate

  • Price include course material, certificates, legislation and catering/ refreshments

  • Safe and secure parking


For further information contact:

  • Deidre on (012) 666 8284

  • Fax: (086) 547 2636 or (012) 661 1411

  • or phone Tinus Boshoff 083 659 2840


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