SAMTRAC construction

Course description

On completion of the course, each learner will be able to build construction-specific health and safety knowledge onto the knowledge gained from attending SAMTRAC (or an equivalent health and safety course). It will also assist the learner to implement a construction health and safety management plan.

Theoretical assessment

  • Learners have to successfully complete an online theory assessment to attend the classroom sessions
  • Learners have to pass the theory assessment with a minimum of 65%

Preparation for the practical module

  • Learners must bring a laptop

Course outline

At the end of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • understand:
    • what construction work is
    • the need for consulting, co-operating and co-ordinating activities with other accountable people
    • what is required to manage risks in construction work
    • the need for safe work method statements (SWMS)
    • general workplace management arrangements
    • the SACPCMP-prescribed scope for CHS
    • the SACPCMP-prescribed outcomes and deliverables for CHS
    • the reason for consultation cooperation and promotion activities with workers, as well as other accountable persons
    • what an effective consultation is
    • why assessing and appointing qualified subcontractors is required.
  • know:
    • who has health and safety duties relating to construction work
    • the specific duties relating to construction work
    • what is covered in health and safety management plans for construction projects
    • what information, training, instruction and supervision is required on construction projects.
  • explain:
    • the construction health and safety (CHS) organisation on a project
    • international construction health and safety organisation basics subcontractor health and safety control requirements on a project
    • the minimum requirements for an employee wellness programme
    • the role of occupational hygiene in the employee wellness programme
    • various concepts of hazard identification, risk assessment and control
    • conditions to consider when conducting HIRA
    • the administrative health and safety requirements
    • the need to provide medical and first aid facilities to ensure wellness
    • the need to protect the public and the site.
  • define:
    • general individual HSE duties and responsibilities of construction contractors
    • the requirements for maintaining the work environment.
  • establish:
    • an effective CHS organisation in South African construction companies 24
    • a checklist for assessing subcontractor health and safety performance
    • the provision of employee welfare facilities
    • adequate health and safety controls in site workshops.
  • describe:
    • how to control contracted labour, suppliers and subcontractors’ health and safety compliance
    • which health risks should also be included in assessments
    • the components covered to minimise site establishment risk.