Mandatory ergonomics training now available in South African Sign Language (SASL)

Mandatory ergonomics training now available in South African Sign Language (SASL)
Deaf learner, Adrian Moodley. Photo credit: Antony Cousens Photography

Earlier this year, the Department of Health announced that as from 1 July 2021 it is compulsory for all employees to undergo Ergonomics Awareness Training and that penalties for non-compliance would be imposed.

DEAFinition, a non-profit company that provide a range of services and funding opportunities to promote equal access for the Deaf community of South Africa, are thrilled to announce that this mandatory Ergonomics Awareness Training is now available online in South African Sign Language (SASL).

“In line with our ethos of supporting inclusivity and accessibility for the Deaf community, we are delighted that Deaf employees are also able to receive this obligatory training,” says Shubnum Nabbi-Maharaj, DEAFinition Director.

The online Ergonomics Awareness Training course is designed, produced and offered by AfricaX Academy. It is HW SETA compliant and accredited, and is certified by Dekra Institute of Training. The online course has an average completion time of 1-2 hours and covers the following five short modules:
1. Principles of Ergonomics
2. Ergonomic Regulations 2019
3. Understanding that Musculoskeletal Disorders (MDS) are injuries and illnesses
4. Causes and effects of common occupational diseases
5. Identify and mitigate potential Ergonomic Risk Factors

For more information or to register for the Ergonomics Awareness online training, contact [email protected]

AfricaX Founder and CEO, Jessica Rees-Jones, says: “We are honoured to have created these products that focus on inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. This is ground-breaking innovation and I am pleased that it will have a significant, positive impact. It has been a fulfilling and exciting alliance with DEAFinition and we look forward to more collaborative projects.”

“Companies are now able to seize the opportunity to provide their Deaf employees with this compulsory training, ensuring they remain compliant with the Occupational Health & Safety Act,” concludes Nabbi-Maharaj.