Occupational Health and Safety Courses
Do You Want To:
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is an important consideration in any working environment. By studying an Occupational Health and Safety course, you can:
Learn about the importance of protecting the health and safety of those present in the workplace.
Learn how to identify and contain risks in the work environment.
Learn how to conduct investigations relating to OHS.
Gain the skills you need to work in or oversee the OHS division of an organisation.
Why Choose Our Course?
You can complete your course from the comfort of your own home.
You can ask an industry-expert tutor for help if you get stuck with your coursework.
You will gain valuable skills and knowledge about occupational health and safety in the workplace.
You will be able to choose whether you want to pay your course fees upfront or in monthly instalments.
Short Learning Programmes
An Oxbridge Academy skills course in OHS will equip you with knowledge and skills relating to the particular topic that you choose to study. While the skills courses are non-accredited, they will give you the background that you need to take up the role of safety representative within an organisation, and they will introduce you to the fundamental principles of health and safety in the workplace.
Short Learning Programmes Accredited By Saiosh
These are short learning programmes, accredited by Saiosh, a professional body recognised by SAQA.
These formal qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), and are accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). Occupational qualifications are associated with a trade, occupation or profession resulting from work-based learning and consisting of knowledge unit standards, practical unit standards, and work experience unit standards.
What Is Occupational Health And Safety?
The purpose of occupational health and safety is to make sure that all employees are provided with a workplace that is safe and unlikely to pose a risk to their health.
Proper health and safety measures in the workplace should be designed to reduce occupational injuries and diseases, and should protect all those who are present in the workplace (including employees, customers/clients, and external service providers).
What Career Opportunities Are Available?
Occupational health and safety (OHS) specialists can work in a variety of working environments, and are needed by employers all over the world. They are generally responsible for making sure that health and safety standards are maintained in the workplace. As such, they often work under stressful conditions, and they may be required to travel to visit work premises. Depending on the nature of the work that they do, they may find themselves working in dangerous conditions at times.
Some of the job roles that are available in the field of occupational health and safety include:
- Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist
- Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Inspector
- Junior Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Officer
- Senior Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Officer
- Health and Safety Practitioner
- Occupational Health Practitioner/Nurse
- Industrial Hygienist
- Environmental Protection Officer
- Environmental Health and Safety Advisor
- Compliance Officer
- Wellness Specialist
- Chief Safety Officer
- Mine Examiner
- SHE Officer
Please note: These are examples of the types of careers that exist in the field of OHS. The requirements for the types of positions mentioned above will vary from one employer to another. If you want to work in some of these positions, you may need to undergo additional training once you have completed your OHS course at Oxbridge Academy.
WHO ELSE WILL BENEFIT FROM OHS TRAINING?
Managers, employers, architects, construction project managers and building inspectors may also need to be familiar with various aspects of occupational health and safety, and may benefit from occupational health and safety training.
Occupational Health And Safety In South Africa
In South Africa, the Occupational Health and Safety Act imposes a duty on employers to provide and maintain a safe working environment for their employees. Furthermore, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers who employ more than 20 employees to designate health and safety representatives. These health and safety representatives are responsible for:
- Reviewing the effectiveness of health and safety measures in the workplace.
- Identifying potential hazards in the workplace.
- Examining causes of health- and safety-related incidents in the workplace.
- Investigating health- and safety-related complaints from employees.
- Inspecting the workplace and consulting with outside inspectors.
- Making representations to the employer about matters relating to workplace health and safety.
In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employees are also responsible for taking care of their own health and safety at work, as well as for the health and safety of anyone else in the workplace who may be affected by their actions or omissions.
What Skills Do You Need To Work In Occupational Health And Safety?
The technical knowledge and skills you will need to work in the occupational health and safety field will depend on the nature of the position in which you are employed. However, some of the general skills and personal characteristics that you will need include:
- Communication skills
- Negotiation skills
- Analytical thinking skills
- Problem solving skills
- Willingness to take responsibility
- Good attention to detail