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University of Cape Town

Occupational Health and Safety online short course

Uct occupational health and safety short course

Receive a certificate of completion upon successfully completing the course.

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This 10-week online short course has been specially designed to offer an overview into occupational health and safety practices that can be applied to any business environment. Learn the skills and knowledge needed to ensure workplace compliance with the South African Occupational Health and Safety Act, and leave the course with the skills to effectively implement best practices for health and safety that are legally compliant and applicable to any workplace.

Is this course the right fit for you?

The UCT Occupational Health and Safety online short course is a good fit for you if:

  • You want to formalise your skills and knowledge in the field with the long term view of potentially becoming a Health and Safety Consultant
  • You want to take on additional responsibilities in your current role, and have identified Occupational Health and Safety as the area to do so
  • You want a working knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety that can be applied to any work environment
  • You want to be equipped with the skills and broad knowledge of OHS best practice in the workplace
  • You want to familiarise yourself with South African legislation and regulations related to Occupational Health and Safety
What you will learn?
Orientation module Welcome to your Virtual Learning Environment
Module 1 Introduction to OHS
Module 2 Organisation of health and safety management 
Module 3 Risk assessment and control
Module 4 Managing hazards
Module 5 Managing machinery, power sources and other equipment 
Module 6 Managing hazardous substances 
Module 7 Managing health stressors and training 
Module 8 Managing construction activities and incidents
Module 9 Preventing, preparing for and responding to fires 
Module 10 Managing health and safety performance
Confirm this course is right for you

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.


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"The opportunity to complete the course without having to abandon my job and responsibilities; the learning within acceptable limits and at my own pace; the virtual learning environment was of high quality and very well structured; and the associated faculty was amazing to work with and learn from." Rafika Esau
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