Occupational Health and Safety online short course

Starts on 16 January 2017

Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 6 February 2017

Course information

10 weeks online
7 hours per week
R12,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town

Course Information

10 weeks online
7 hours per week
R12,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town


By law, all companies in South Africa with more than 20 employees are required to have official health and safety measures in place. *

However, many businesses often lack the full knowledge and understanding of their legal responsibilities in this area.

Learn how to implement workplace safety measures and manage occupational health and safety in your business with this UCT online short course. Step up to train staff on health and safety information and procedures and add more value to your company.


Download the course prospectus

What will set you apart

Manage more company operations 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 and create an impressive portfolio of work 
  • Improve employee satisfaction and increase financial returns
SAIOSH Course Accreditation Logo Accredited by the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh)
Learners who successfully complete this course qualify to be professionally registered as Technical Members with Saiosh who is the registration board of IOSH SA the professional body for Occupational Safety and Health Professionals in South Africa, recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

Course curriculum

This UCT Occupational Health and Safety course arms you with the most relevant teachings in the 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

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.


Your success team

In collaboration with the world's top-tier universities, we design online short courses around the insights of experienced faculty members and authoritative industry experts. On the course, you can expect to learn from these specialists via online video lectures, which will be accessible to you anywhere, any time.

Readiness test

This Readiness Test will help you assess your preparedness for this course by asking you a few quick questions relating to time management, technological requirements, your expectations, and the subject matter level - to help you confirm that this online course is the right fit for you.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts on 16 January 2017.
Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 6 February 2017

Still have a question? These may help


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 Course Coach who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


You have four payment options available to you, depending on the length of your course:

You can pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts.

You may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses shorter than 9 weeks. You’ll be able to pay your fees in two parts, spread over the duration of your course.

Three-part payment for courses 9 weeks or longer. You’ll be able to pay your fees in three parts, spread over the duration of your course.

A short term loan from FeverTree who will help you fund your studies immediately.

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.


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 its 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.


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, 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 Course Coach, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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