Nemtek Incident Investigation of Work-Related Injuries and Diseases Course

Nemtek Incident Investigation of Work-Related Injuries and Diseases Course




Module 1: Introduction • Incident Investigation overview, purpose and applicable definitions Module 2: Enforcement authorities, negligent acts or omissions by employees and mandataries • Negligent acts or omissions by employees and mandataries • Enforcement authorities, powers and rights of inspectors Module 3: Incident Investigation history, theories and principles • Types of workplace incidents • Various safety triangles, incident ratio’s and incident probability explained • Incident cost, calculation and interpretation of injury and illness rates (lost time injuries and frequency rates, lost time injury incidence and ill-health prevalence rates) • Various domino model theories and principles • Workplace injury, illness reduction and prevention Module 4: Incident investigation preparedness • Requirements for the appointment of OHS investigators for the workplace • Gathering of facts, key investigation questions (including COVID-19) and preparing for investigations Module 5: Conducting of workplace investigations for occupational injuries and diseases (including COVID-19) Investigation steps: 1: Reporting duties • Reporting duty requirements and procedures of occupational injuries and diseases 2: Record keeping duties • Record keeping prescriptions for work related injuries and diseases 3: Initial response at the scene of an incident • Initial response at the scene of an incident, first aid, preserving and securing the scene • COVID-19 assessment of the risk of transmission to persons (contract identification, listing and follow-up) • COVID-19 assessment of the risk of transmission to surfaces (disinfection and decontamination of the workspace) 4: Investigation of the incident • The investigation team and prescribed time frame for formal investigation • Collecting the facts, physical evidence and eyewitness accounts • Conducting of interviews • Developing the narrative (sequence of events) 5: Causes of workplace incidents and prevention • Causes of workplace incidents, infection reduction and prevention (contributing factors) • Determining the causes (direct-, indirect- and root causes) • The use of the “cause and effect analysis model”, “the 5 why’s” and the “fishbone diagram” during root cause analysis 6: Report writing • Report requirements • How to analyse the facts and write an incident report • Discussion and practical examples include: - OHS Act - GAR 9 / Annexure 1 - a complete investigation register - for effective root cause analysis - a detailed investigation register for COVID-19 investigations 7: Recommendations for corrective action • How to identify, review and implement corrective actions 8: Communication of the investigation findings and recommendations • How to communicate the details of the incident, labour relations procedures and effective communication 9: Implementation • How to implement the incident recommendations 10: Evaluate effectiveness • How to do a follow up of the corrective measures 11: Ensure continues improvement • How to make changes for continues improvement Module 6: Incident investigation flow charts, symptom monitoring and management • Example of an incident investigation flow chart • Example of a COVID-19 incident investigation flow chart • Symptom monitoring and management (NDoH - prescriptions and flow charts) • How to identify high risk and low risk COVID exposures at work Module 7: Practical case study - incident investigation Purpose of the course: • The recording, reporting and investigation of work-related injuries and diseases, is a legal requirement and forms a vital part of an effective occupational health and safety system. • Accidents don’t just happen, they are caused. The purpose of incident investigation is to identify the root cause(s) of incidents in order to take corrective action(s) and to implement the necessary controls to prevent further occurrences of such events. • By attending this course delegates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be able to effectively record, report and investigate work-related incidents and diseases (including COVID-19 infections). Course material also includes: • Various incident flow charts, legal registers, incident reporting and investigation templates, sworn statements etc. The programme recommended for: • Appointed incident investigators, • COVID-19 compliance officers, • Health and safety practitioners, • Directors - Section 16(2) appointees, • Compliance officers and security officers, • Human resource managers, • Managers and supervisors, • Health and safety representatives and committee members, • Union representatives, • Persons involved with the day-to-day activities of health and safety.