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HRETD conducts risk assessment and training needs analysis for small to medium-size businesses in the mining and construction industries. Contact us for a quotation on our consultation services.

Risk assessment

In some industries, especially the mining industry, it is mandatory for companies to conduct risk assessments. According to the Mine Health and Safety Act (Act 29 of 1996) for example, it is mandatory for mines to assess health and safety risks to their employees. To this end, companies will employ health and safety personnel to conduct risk assessment and manage the health and safety considerations in the workplace. However, in an instance where it is not practicable to employ full-time risk assessment advisors, it may be necessary to outsource such activities to a third party.

HRETD is well-positioned to offer risk assessment, according to standard procedures, which, fundamentally, are as follows:

Identify risks and hazards with the potential to cause harm
Assess the probability of harm from such hazard
Assess the severity of harm that may result from such
Combine such probability and severity assessments to
    produce a risk assessment
Use the outcome of the risk assessment to assist in

As you can see from the above, risk assessment is purely a method for identifying hazards and assisting decision-makers in reducing the risks and consequences that may arise from such hazards, in order for the company to implement appropriate risk management strategies.

In determining whether your company needs a risk assessment, ask the following questions:

Are standard procedures being followed?
Do all employees know what safety rules need to be followed?
Have all employees been properly trained and has training been effective?
Is supervision carried out to standard?
Do employees ignore standard safety procedures?

After years of conducting risk assessments, HRETD has discovered that the key to health and safety reform in the workplace through risk assessment lies not only in the identification of hazards, but in reviewing the efficacy of existing risk control measures and the implementation of additional control measures and standardised procedures wherever necessary.

If you feel the health and safety of your company is not to standard, feel free to contact us for a risk assessment consultation.

Training needs analysis

A training needs analysis is conducted to discover whether there is a need for training within a company. The assessment takes the form of a gap analysis, whereby the training analyst assesses, via several analysis models and techniques such as direct observation, consultations with key personnel, existing records and interviews, whether a gap exists between the current knowledge, skills and attitudes of employees, and the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by the company in order to reach or further its objectives.
For this purpose, a training needs analysis is conducted in advance, before any training is budgeted, scheduled or delivered. 

A training needs analysis determines the “who, what, where, when and how” of training, as follows:

Who needs to be trained?
What skills need to be imparted?
Where will training be conducted?
When will the new skills be needed?
How may the new skills be imparted?

As training is sometimes identified during performance appraisals, it is likely that employees in certain departments may all benefit from the same motivation.  It is the training analyst’s job to assist the client in identifying and prioritising the appropriate training interventions. The next step will be to generate a list of training courses as well as the number of participants for each category and to schedule them within time and budget constraints. For a training schedule to be effective, it needs to be customised to the practical needs of the company in order to maximize value. In other words, conducting a professional training needs analysis saves the client time and money.

Contact our skills development advisor to request a comprehensive training needs analysis for your company.
  Mining and industrial training

HRETD are providers of accredited and non-accredited training for the industrial and mining sectors. Whether you require full (initial) training for your operating staff or recertification (refresher) training, we can assist in all the main categories such as lifting machines, earthmoving machines, driver training, specialised training giving by subject experts, and Health & Safety training. For a complete list of training courses offered, download our course directory.

Course Directory 2017
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