Conduct an investigation into workplace incidents
Purpose of the unit standard
Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to demonstrate the ability to conduct investigations into workplace incidents. The competency includes all the activities required to successfully conduct incident investigations.
Learning assumed to be in place
It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
ü Communication at NQF Level 2.
ü Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2
Unit standard range
NB: All the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria are assessed in accordance with specified requirements and - where applicable - consequences to health and safety.
Specified requirements include Current legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
ü Mine Health and Safety Act
ü Occupational Health and Safety Act
ü Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives
ü Health and safety agreements
ü Codes of practice
ü Standards task procedures
ü Risk Assessments procedures
ü Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
ü Managerial Instructions
ü Mine Standard Procedures
ü List of Recorded OH&S Risks
ü Working Guides / Permits
ü Equipment and Materials Specifications
Specific outcomes and assessment criteria
Specific outcome 1: Explain the specified requirements pertaining to conducting an investigation into workplace incidents
ü The relevant standards for an investigation into workplace incidents are explained
ü The extent of the investigation is explained
ü The purpose of conducting investigations into workplace incidents is described
Specific outcome 2: Prepare to gather data for the investigation
ü The purpose and extent of the investigation is verified
ü The persons, tools, equipment and material are verified as fit for purpose and available
ü The relevant hazard and risk control measures for workplace incident data gathering and the consequences of not conforming to specified requirements, in preparing for data gathering are explained
Specific outcome 3: Data is gathered according to the requirements for the intended type of investigation
ü The prevailing conditions at the scene of the incident are determined by using accepted data gathering methods. Methods for gathering data must include:
Ø Inspection of the incident scene.
Ø Interviews of witnesses.
Ø Gathering of documents, procedures, practices and process evidence.
Ø Drawing of plans, taking photographs.
Ø Collecting physical evidence for forensic analysis
ü The data gathered is evaluated in order to establish variances between actual and required standards and procedures
ü The causes of the incident are identified through interpretation of these variances. Investigation into the incident must include:
Ø Immediate causes.
Ø Basic causes.
Ø Lack of control.
Ø Inadequate risk assessment
ü The importance of identifying the causes of the incident being investigated and the consequences of non-compliance with any of the required steps is explained
Specific outcome 4: The findings, recommendations and remedial action are reported
ü The identified sub-standard acts and conditions reported, are dealt with accordingly
ü Remedial action is evaluated and recorded accordingly
ü The consequences of non-compliance with any of the above are explained
- Occupational Health And Safety Act 85, 1993
- Occupational Health And Safety
- Example of Code of Practice
- PREPARE TO GATHER DATA
- prepare to investigation an incident
- GATHER DATA
- Occupational Safety
- Workplace Procedures
- Workplace Procedures
- Preparing for an investigation
- Reporting Forms
- Incident Investigation Assessment
- Conduct an investigation into workplace incidents