Occupational Health and Safety online short course

Course starts 7 October 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
1 October 2019
Course Starts:
7 October 2019
10 weeks online
7 hours per week
ZAR R13,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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By law, all companies in South Africa with more than 20 employees are required to have official health and safety measures in place. 1

However, many businesses often lack the full knowledge and understanding of their legal responsibilities in safety management or are unsure where to begin when it comes to implementing workplace OHS measures as well as effective occupational health and safety training. As such, the skills needed for managing occupational health and safety have become an important requirement for every business.

Learn how to implement workplace safety management measures; manage OHS in your business; and implement occupational health and safety training amongst your staff with this UCT online short course.

1 Source: labour.gov.za

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What will set you apart

Add more value to your business  with the UCT Occupational Health and Safety online short course by learning to:

  • Address and promote good standards of occupational health and safety within your organisation
  • Ensure your business is compliant with South Africa’s Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Fulfil your business’s legal obligations by ensuring staff are given occupational health and safety training
  • Improve employee satisfaction and increase financial returns
If you successfully complete this course, you’ll qualify to be professionally registered as a Technical Member with the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh). The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has confirmed that Saiosh is the recognised professional body for Occupational Health and Safety in South Africa.

Course curriculum

This UCT Occupational Health and Safety online short course arms you with the most relevant teachings in the OHS industry, ensuring you are an invaluable safety management asset to any organisation. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introduction to OHS
  • Course Module 2: Organisation of health and safety management 
  • Course Module 3: Risk assessment and control
  • Course Module 4: Managing hazards
  • Course Module 5: Managing machinery, power sources and other equipment
  • Course Module 6: Managing hazardous substances 
  • Course Module 7: Managing health stressors and training 
  • Course Module 8: Managing construction activities and incidents
  • Course Module 9: Preventing, preparing for and responding to fires 
  • Course Module 10: Managing health and safety performance

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


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At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 7 October 2019.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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