Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety Course


World Health Organization (WHO), defines health as a state of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing and not merely the absence of a disease or infirmity.  This training course at IRES prepares participants in development, promotion, and maintenance of workplace policies and programs that ensure the physical, mental, and social well-being of employees so as to enhance productivity, reduce health management cost, and lower the rate of absenteeism in the organization

This training will bring you into the world of occupational health, by examples and facts about the size of the problem. You will also learn about legislation and different actors working on the topic occupational Health.


5 Days


This course is intended for:

  • Members of a health and safety committee;
  • Health and safety representative;
  • Line supervisors;
  • Foremen;
  • Rank and file workers

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, trainees will be able to:

  1. Explain that occupational health and safety is more than accident prevention – that it encompasses all aspects of working conditions
  2. Explain the role of health representatives in occupational health
  3. Recognize a number of occupational hazards and some of the types of work generally associated with those hazards
  4. Explain ways in which hazardous waste can enter the body and how to prevent them from entering the body
  5. Understand fire safety and how to conduct a fire drill

Course Outline

 MODULE 1: Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety

  • Introduction and definition
  • Extent of the problems worldwide
  1. Accidents
  2. Diseases
  • The range of hazards
  • The important of management commitment
  • The importance of training
  • Role of safety and health representative

MODULE 2: Occupational Hazards and Accidents

  • Introduction to occupational hazard
  • Choosing methods of control
  • The role of the health and safety representative in using control methods to reduce occupational hazards
  • Introduction to occupational accidents
  • Outcomes of accidents
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Planning  and carrying out investigation
  • Accident reporting

MODULE 3: Office Safety

  • Office equipment
  • Lifting techniques
  • Unsafe situations in the workplace
  • Safe work station
  • Housekeeping
  • Emergency plan and Exits
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act)

MODULE 4: Work Ergonomic and Safe Work Procedure

  • Introduction
  • Common injuries/disease
  • Basic ergonomic principles
  1. Work station
  2. Sitting and chair design
  3. Standing workstation
  4. Hands tools and controls
  5. Heavy physical work
  6. Job design
  • The role of health representative


  • The Legal Requirements
  • The theory of combustion
  • How fire spreads
  • The Classes of Fire
  • Fire Emergency Response Plan (FEPL)
  • Means of escape
  • The types of Fire Extinguishers
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • Fire Drills

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Benefits of Taking a Course at IRES


Our courses are carefully curated to keep you abreast of latest industry trends, technological advancements, and best practices. We employ a variety of teaching methodologies, including hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive sessions, all aimed at fostering an engaging and effective learning environment. Our expert instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, providing our clients with insights that can be immediately applied in their professional lives.


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Our courses are designed to challenge and inspire professionals to step out of their comfort zones and explore new horizons. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application, our programs help professionals refine their existing skills and acquire new ones, making them more versatile and competitive.

FAQs & Course Administration Details:

This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location. For further inquiries, please contact us on Phone: +254 715 077 817 or Email: [email protected].
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields. All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course. Send proof of payment to [email protected].
Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer. Email: [email protected] Phone: +254 715 077 817.

Who else has taken this course?

# Job Title Organisation Country
1 Clinical Officer Central bank of Kenya Kenya
2 Laboratory analyst Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Kenya
3 Laboratory analyst Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Kenya