Education for Health Africa offered the Baseline Health Risk Assessment Course at the Illovo Training Academy in Eston Kwa-Zulu Natal between the 14th and 18th October 2019. The “United Nations of Illovo” learners spent the second week (of 5-day training) gaining insight into Baseline Risk Assessments.
Week 2 was about introducing our learners to hazards, effects, controls and risk ratings. Working in groups and “eating an elephant one bite at a time” we (Karin Meyer an experienced occupational health nurse practitioner (OHNP) and myself) started introducing learners to hazard identification in the workplace and Sergio found his voice and we all celebrated.
On day 3 we were joined by 2 very important guests Dr Ernest Peresu, Group Medical Officer, and Clinton Lee, Group SHERQ Manager, who shared their vision with us on the integration of occupational health into the SHERQ management programme at Illovo and the importance of risk assessment and risk management for Illovo from Corporate Office.
The learners then did their first walk through for the Baseline Risk Assessment Course in the kitchen at the academy. With nets donned off they went…… nothing was spared, every nook and cranny of the kitchen was inspected, categorized and recorded.
On day 4, the learners went back into Eston Mill to to conduct a walk through, it was an extremely hot day (38°C) and when they returned to record their findings there were exhausted, hot and had new respect for the Illovo employees in the areas they visited.
Day 5 brought us to the end of week 2, with theoretical and practical exams, which once again everyone passed.
The learners left stating that never again will they seen things in quite the same light, everything was being assessed for the hazards, effects and control measures.
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