The first phase of the five-day Health and Safety Training for more than 24 DENOSA shop stewards took place for five days at the DENOSA head office, ending on 7 June.
DENOSA is collaborating with the Industrial Health Resource Group (IHRG) and sharing the expertise, which will also see DENOSA providing a curriculum offering on health and safety. According to DENOSA National Educator, Johannes Motshekga, the training provides participants with the tools to tackle occupational hazards and expose them to nursing-related case laws.
“This was the first phase of the training. The shop stewards who managed to complete a portfolio of evidence will move into the second phase, which will be in 2014.”
The training module covered range of topics such as: identifying and controlling hazards in the workplace; Tools for gathering information on health and safety in the workplace (foundation); representing injured and sick workers and claiming compensation; and incident investigation.
“This training is a Godsend, in view of a number of health and safety challenges that nurses are confronted with daily in the workplace. This will equip them as health and safety reps to confront these challenges head on and resolve them,” says Motshekga.
The training on health and safety is also in line with advocating for the positive practice environment in the workplace. DENOSA and SAMA are involved in a campaign on Positive Practice Environment (PPE), where nurses and doctors hold hands with communities in calling for a Positive Practice Environment in healthcare facilities, which is characterised by: Safety; Payment; Supplies; Resources; Equipment; Education; Support; and Respect