Health and Safety Officer Job Opportunity

Posted on :

7 Jul, 2014

Category :

Health & Safety Jobs in South Africa

Directorate: Employee Development and Performance Management
SALARY : R227 802 per annum
CENTRE : Pietermaritzburg


REQUIREMENTS : Applicants must be in possession of a National diploma/degree in Environmental
Health and/or Safety Management. A Safety, Health and Environment
Management Training Course (SAMTRAC), Hazard Identification and/or Risk

Assessment certificate or equivalent completed Occupation Health and Safety
(OHS) Management course. Registration with an appropriate professional body
(the Health Professions Council of South Africa [HPCSA], the Southern African
Institute for Occupational Hygiene [SAIOH], the Institute of Safety Management
[IOSM], etc.). Appropriate experience in OHS. Knowledge and understanding of
relevant and related legislation pertaining to the Occupational Health and Safety
Act, 1993 (Act 85 of 1993) (OHS Act) and the relevant regulations. Knowledge
and understanding of relevant legislation of the Department of Labour, the
Department of Health, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the
Department of Water Affairs. Knowledge and understanding of the compilation of
safety committees and contingency plans and evaluating of Injury on Duty (IOD)
in accordance to the relevant procedures. Excellent communication (verbal and
written), interpersonal relations and organising skills. Ability to work well under
pressure independently. Computer skills in MS Office software. A valid driver’s
licence and the ability to drive long distances.


DUTIES : The incumbent will be responsible to provide an efficient and high quality OHS
service for the Departmental employees. Ensure compliance with safety
standards, implement safety directives, improve safety performance and ensure
that safety policies, guidelines and procedures are aligned with the relevant Acts
and Regulations. Ensure strategic and business planning to ensure that
workplace safety committees and first aiders are in place and fully functional.
Assist managers and employees to promote a culture of OHS awareness (roles
and responsibilities). Implement OHS management practices to assist in
compiling all OHS policies, guidelines, standards and systems. Identify measures
and control potential hazards and risks in the work environment pertaining to
health and safety and the environmental aspects within the broad context of
preventing injuries to diseases and degradation of the environment. Ensure all
buildings, construction plants and machinery meet and maintain compliance
certificates as regulated by the local Authorities and the OHS Act as well as other
relevant regulations. Manage IODs and investigate all incidents and accidents to
employees, clients and contractors as well as design tools to prevent future
accidents. Recognise injury and illness trends within the Department and
establish remedial control measures to address the trends e.g. policies and
training strategies. Perform risk management and undertake risk assessments on
new or changed plants, chemicals, facilities, etc. Assist in the development and
implementation of action plans to address identified key risk areas. Conduct OHS
Training and Awareness. Participate in designing and rolling-out Health and
Safety training programmes, orientation and local inductions. Ensure local OHS
inductions take place throughout the Department.

ENQUIRIES : Mr S. Mtshali, tel. 012 319 7033.


APPLICATIONS : Applications may be posted to URS Response Handling, P. O. Box 11506,
Tierpoort, 0056 or submitted electronically via email: [email protected] or via
fax: 086 654 1824 Enquiries: URS Response Handling, tel. 012 811 1900. or
online: or deposited in the URS Response Handling boxes
at any one of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ offices
indicated below.

PRETORIA: Reception, Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko Street (formerly Beatrix
Street), Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng.

CAPE TOWN: Reception (Ground Floor), Foretrust Building, 3 Martin
Hammerschlag Way, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape.

STELLENBOSCH: Reception (Support Building), Quarantine Station, Polkadraai
Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape.

PIETERMARITZBURG: Reception (5th Floor), Old Mutual Building, 185
Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

KING WILLIAM’S TOWN: Reception (Ground Floor), Old SABC Building, 2
Hargreaves Avenue, King William’s Town, Eastern Cape.
NELSPRUIT: Reception (2nd Floor), Permanent Building, 27 Brown Street,
Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
MAKHADO: Reception (Ground Floor), Magistrates Building, 103 Landros Street,
Makhado, Limpopo
MTHATHA: Reception (3rd Floor), PRD Building, 2 Sutherland Street, Mthatha,
Eastern Cape
CLOSING DATE : 18 July 2014

NOTE : Applications must be submitted on a Z83 Form, obtainable from any Public
Service department or on the internet at which must be signed (an
unsigned Z83 form will disqualify an application) and should be accompanied by
a recently updated, comprehensive CV as well as copies of all qualification(s)
[Matric certificate must also be attached] and ID-document and Driver’s licence
[where applicable]. Non-RSA Citizens/Permanent Resident Permit Holders must
attach a copy of his/her Permanent Residence Permit to his/her application.
Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied
by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority
(SAQA). Failure to submit all the requested documents will result in the
application not being considered. Correspondence will be limited to short listed
candidates only. If you have not been contacted within three (3) months after the
closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was
unsuccessful. Suitable candidates will be subjected to a personnel suitability
check (criminal record check, citizenship verification, financial/asset record
check, qualification/study verification and previous employment verification).
Successful candidates will also be subjected to security clearance processes.
Where applicable, candidates will be subjected to a skills/knowledge test.
Successful candidates will be appointed on a probation period of twelve (12)
months. The Department reserves the right not to make appointment(s) to the
advertised post(s). Applications submitted via email, fax or online must include
the post title and reference number in the subject line and a scanned, signed Z83
form (a Z83 form without a physical signature will disqualify an application)
together with all relevant documents as indicated above. Persons with disability
are encouraged to apply.

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