Occupational Health and Safety Management

Learn how to manage hazards and risks in the workplace with our specialist short course in Occupational Health and Safety Management.

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Course overview

This course takes a holistic and practical look at health and safety in the office environment.

You will learn about the identification, analysis and monitoring of hazards and risks in the workplace while also covering the role of organisational culture, management and the safety practitioner in maintaining safe and healthy work environments. 

This is a cohort-based course, the next intake is coming up soon:
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Next intake: 6 March 2023

Register by 28 February 2023

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Course syllabus

This course contains 13 units and can be completed in 14 weeks at the recommended pace of 8 hours per week. With our structured approach to teaching, you will be able to acquire valuable knowledge and skills with ease.

All courses include an orientation week, assessment and feedback opportunities as well as guided lesson plans from your course lecturer every week.

What you will learn about

  • Unit 1: Safety Culture
  • Unit 2: Personal Ownership of Safety
  • Unit 3: Management’s Role in Safety
  • Unit 4: Safety Practitioners
  • Unit 5: Office Safety Management
  • Unit 6: Hazard Identification
  • Unit 7: At-Risk Behaviours
  • Unit 8: Unsafe Practices
  • Unit 9: Risk Assessment
  • Unit 10: Evaluation Tools
  • Unit 11: First Aid
  • Unit 12: Construction Industry
  • Unit 13: Confined space

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Outline the process that should be followed to promote a safety culture in the workplace;
  2. Explain the importance of taking personal ownership for safety in the workplace;
  3. Assess the role of management in safety;
  4. Outline the characteristics and qualities of a successful safety practitioner;
  5. Implement Occupational Health and Safety legislation in the office;
  6. Support management in the identification of hazards;
  7. Plan training interventions;
  8. Prepare a communication plan to communicate health and safety matters to employees;
  9. Identify and manage at-risk behaviours in the workplace;
  10. Manage unsafe practices in the workplace;
  11. Use collected data to conduct a risk assessment;
  12. Discuss the evaluation tools used for safety and risk analysis;
  13. Conduct first aid management in the workplace;
  14. Manage safety in the construction industry; and
  15. Manage safety in confined spaces.
  • Study method: Online-only with downloadable course material.

  • Teaching and learning support is delivered online via our intuitive learning platform, iCan.

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  • Virtual live classes and weekly lesson plans
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More about this short course certificate

HR professionals, team leaders, supervisors, and senior managers of an organisation who are directly responsible for the organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Safety Representatives, Fire Marshalls, Health and Safety Officers or Safety Officers, construction managers (CR8.1) and Line Constructors.

This course aims to prepare individuals involved in the health and safety of an organisation to implement the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and any amendments thereof in the workplace.

By the end you will be able to develop, implement, and improve the health and safety plans, programmes and procedures of an organisation while ensuring compliance with relevant health and safety legislation.

You can expect to gain practical skills in the following areas:

  • Corporate culture and safety
  • Hazard identification
  • Hazard analysis
  • Hazard monitoring
  • Risk identification
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk management
  • First aid
  • Management of risk and unsafe behaviour of employees

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be equipped to pursue a range of exciting careers such as:

  • Safety Representatives
  • Fire Marshalls
  • Health and Safety Officers
  • Safety Officers
  • Construction Managers
This course is proudly endorsed by Saiosh

Students who complete this Short Course can claim 5 Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD) through membership with Saiosh. Saiosh is recognised by SAQA as a Professional Body for Occupational Health and Safety in terms of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008.

Membership with a professional body, such as Saiosh, can provide students with career advancement opportunities and prove that their skills are relevant and recognised.

If you want to learn more about CPD points here’s a helpful article from our blog: What are CPD points and can they accelerate your career?

Please note: iQ Academy bears no responsibility for membership registration and other benefits with any professional body. The onus, therefore, falls on the student to ensure they register for a membership and claim their CPD points.


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  • Complete all units and assignments and receive a print certificate, when eligible, validated by iQ Academy. Highlight your new skills to any business, and confidently grow your career!

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Requirements to study this course

In order to secure a spot in any cohort, students are required to first successfully complete the application process and register by the cohort registration deadline. Registration includes documentation submission and payment of the course fee, there are no registration fees.

Fees payable upon registration will differ depending on the payment option you choose, your Enrolment Consultant will explain this in detail during the application process.

At iQ Academy all of our programmes are offered via distance education. Depending on the course you choose you’ll either be studying fully online or with textbooks and online support.

  • Online-only courses: All course material is available online and can be downloaded, there are no textbooks.
  • Internet-supported courses with textbooks: You will receive textbooks via courier and the course is supported by compulsory online learning activities. Your course material will also be available online.

Teaching and learning will take place online whichever study method you choose. That means that you will need to partake in online learning activities and classes. For more information on each study method, enquire now.

  • Minimum of Grade 10 (Standard 8)
  • Grade 12 or NQF 4 equivalent preferred
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills
  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account

Recommended data:

  • At least 1GB of data per month for online-only courses
  • +/- 500MB of data for internet-supported courses

When can you start this course?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you or enquire now if you’d like more information.

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Next intake: 6 March 2023

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Next intake: 4 September 2023

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Next intake: 6 November 2023

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Course fees


Fees are all-inclusive, no hidden costs.

Ways to pay the course fee

Pay your course fee upfront and enjoy great benefits

Save 10% on the total fee plus get 2GB of FREE data, every month, for 12 months. Offer valid from 01 Oct 2022 – 28 February 2023. T&C’s apply.

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Pay as little as R466* / monthly

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Need additional info? View more about our payment options. *Terms and deposit subject to affordability.

What’s included?
  • All your learning material
  • Dedicated lecturer and student support
  • Exclusive Alumni discount: Save 20% on your next course

  • Receive a print certificate, when eligible, validated by iQ Academy

  • Free online DO Life micro-courses

  • Exclusive student community

Enrol for this course in 3 easy steps

Step 1: Begin your enrolment application

Request a call-back, discuss any questions, or complete your application over the phone immediately if you’re ready.

  • Complete the website contact form
  • Recieve a free call-back from an Enrolment Consultant

  • Complete your application for enrolment

Step 2: Register for the cohort

Secure a spot in any cohort by successfully completing the application process and registering by the deadline.

  • Submit required documentation

  • Pay the course fee/s
  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start your course

Once your registration is complete you are ready to begin. Remember, if you miss the registration deadline you can always apply for the next cohort.

  • Access iCan (Learning platform)
  • Complete orientation week
  • Engage with your lecturer

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