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Module 1: Apply basic health and safety principles in the workplace

ryanrori February 8, 2021

After completing this module, the learner will be able to explain basic health and safety principles in and around the workplace, by successfully completing the following:

  • Explain both employer and employee duties with regard to occupational safety and health in the workplace
  • Explain the general safety rules in a workplace
  • Explain the use and application of Personal Protective Equipment in a workplace
  • Explain the need for good housekeeping in the workplace
  • Explain and apply emergency procedures in the workplace

Apply basic health and safety principles in the workplace

Conducting business at your workplace involves the development of skills in the use of various communication practices; for example the telephone, fax, email, the internet, intranet, multifunction devices and so on. At the same time employers and employees need to be aware that there are risks and hazards linked to the use of these devices and there are risks and hazards at the workplace that you have to look out for.  Occupational health and safety requirements must be implemented in order to ensure a safe workplace for all. 

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Health and safety can be endangered by hazards such as

  • falls
  • noise
  • electrical devices and equipment
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • heat  and cold stress
  • chemical
  • TB and sexual harassment
  • bullying, emotional and verbal abuse
  • burnout
  • lack of waste management