Introduction to Occupational Health & Safety

Course Overview
Exam and Assessments
CTS Support
Course Offering
Additional Information


This field is becoming more important to the operations of organisations as a result of increasing public awareness as well as expansion of the legislative frame work to include elements of Occupational Health and Safety. It is imperative that Business professionals become aware of the increasing importance of Health and Safety.


Course Outline

The Occupational Health and Safety Course is intended as an introductory program to sensitize students to the growing importance of Occupational Health and Safety. This is especially true for the Business Professional.



Course Outline Overview

ModuleMain Topics
The Business Case for Health and Safety
  • Economic Cost
  • Legal Cost
  • Moral Cost
Understanding the OSH Act of Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Development of the Act
  • General Duties of the Employer
  • General Duties of the Employee
  • Refusal to work
  • Procedures when an incident occurs
  • Duty of Care
 Organizing for Health and Safety
  • Explain and Understand the Concept of POPIMAR
  • Policy
  • Organize
  • Planning and Implementation
  • Monitoring
  • Auditing
  • Review
 Risk Assessments
  • Elements of a Risk Assessment
  • Legal aspects of a Risk Assessment
  • Forms of a Risk Assessment
  • Definitions
  • Bird’s Incident Pyramid
  • Risk assessment metrics
  • Principals of Control
  • Hierarchy of Control
 Manual and Mechanical Handling Hazards and Controls
  • Definition
  • Injuries
  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  • Manual Handling Assessment Chart
  • Lifting Techniques
  • Safety in the Use of Lifting Equipment
 Movement of People and Vehicles
  • Types of Pedestrian Hazards and Controls
  • Types of Vehicular Hazards and Control
  • Elements of Poor Design
  • Elements of Good Design
 Work Equipment Hazard and Controls
  • Hazards and Control of Hand Tools
  • Methods of Protection
 Electrical Safety
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Effects on the Human Body
  • Control measures
 Fire Safety
  • Elements of the Fire Triangle
  • Fire Hazards and Controls
  • Mechanisms of Heat Transfer
  • Consequences of Fire
  • Classifications of Fire
  • Classification of Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Preventing Fires in Buildings
  • Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Means of Escape
  • Evacuation
 Chemical and Biological Hazards
  • Chemical and Biological agents
  • Workplace exposure limits
  • Controls
 Physical and Psychological Hazards
  • Physical Hazards and Controls
  • Welfare and Work Equipment Requirements
  • The Human Ear
  • How we hear
  • Effects of Noise
  • Non auditory Effects of Noise
  • Vibration Hazards
  • Vibration Control Strategy
 Heat and Radiation
  • Sources of heat and Radiation
  • Effects and Controls
 Work Place Stress
  • Stressors and Solutions
 Violence at Work
  • People at Risk
  • Minimizing Effects
 Alcohol and Drugs
  • Signs of Use
  • Issues of Ergonomics
  • Issues of Poor Ergonomics
 Construction Safety
  • Hazards and Controls in Construction
 Working at Heights
  • Scaffolding Use



Exams and Assessments

The course combines a number of teaching techniques including lectures, class discussions, individual assignments, oral presentations, role playing, and a course project that will utilize many of the principles learned. An exam may be given to assess participants learning outcome.


Oral Presentation

Each student will be required to deliver oral presentations as part of this class.


The Facilitator

Rama Mathura has over twelve (12) years’ experience in Energy Sector in the field of Process Plant Operations and over three (3) years direct experience as an HSE Officer. He is trained in first aid, CPR as well as a first responder. He has undergone training with the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service as well Louisiana State University (LSU) in the area of firefighting.

He is the holder of a BA in Business Administrations (University of Herefordshire),a Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Process Plant Operations as well as a NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. He is currently pursuing his NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.He also has over four (4) years lecturing experience at CTS in the areas of Business, Communication, Strategic Marketing and Customer Relationship.

Course Offering

DayTimeDurationTuition CostLecturer
Sundays 9am to 3pm 4 Weeks $1,000.00 Mr. Rama Mathura


Class Schedule


No.Start DateEnd Date
1 Sunday 10th January 2016 Sunday 31st January 2016
2 Sunday 28th February 2016 Sunday 20th March 2016
3 Sunday 1st May 2016 Sunday 22th May 2016
4 Sunday 19th June 2016 Sunday 10th July 2016
5 Sunday 21st August 2016 Sunday 11th September 2016
6 Sunday 20th November 2016 Sunday 11th December 2016





Slide presentation will be made available to all participants via Email.


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