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Course Overview:


This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to conduct effective planned task observations (PTOs) in the workplace. The course is specifically tailored for the South African audience and complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (85 of 1993) regulations.

Course Objectives:


  • To provide learners with an understanding of the importance of PTOs in identifying workplace hazards.

  • To equip learners with the skills required to plan and conduct effective PTOs.

  • To enable learners to identify and evaluate workplace hazards and recommend appropriate control measures.

  • To provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to communicate PTO findings to management and workers.

Course Duration: 1 days

The course will be delivered over 1 days, with a total of 8 hours of training.

Course Content:


  • Introduction to planned task observations (PTOs) and their role in workplace safety

  • Hazard identification and risk assessment

  • PTO planning and preparation

  • Conducting PTOs and identifying hazards

  • Evaluating and prioritizing hazards

  • Recommending control measures

  • Communication of PTO findings to management and workers

  • Documentation and record keeping


  • A written test to assess learners' knowledge of PTO principles and procedures

  • A practical assessment to evaluate learners' ability to plan and conduct effective PTOs and identify workplace hazards

  • A workplace assessment to evaluate learners' ability to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world workplace scenario


Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. The certificate is valid for 12 months


  • Learners must be at least 18 years of age

  • Learners should have a basic understanding of workplace health and safety


Course information

Unit Standard Title: Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to the preparation, conducting, recording and follow-up actions of a planned tasks observation in a working place
Classroom Price: R 450 (Ex VAT)

Classroom Duration: 1 Day
Credits: 3

SAQA ID: 120337

CPD Points: 5

NQF Level: 3

Prerequisites: N/A
Target Groups:  Supervisors
                           Safety Officers
                           Safety Managers

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