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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Courses

College SA’s occupational health and safety courses focus on the fundamentals of occupational health and safety and will equip you with the expertise to fulfill the responsibilities of a workplace occupational health and safety representative. You will learn to identify and solve health and safety issues in an office environment and conduct investigations relating to workplace health and safety. Please note: These courses have nothing to do with medical health and safety. When you sign up for this course, you will learn about workplace/office health and safety only.

By studying one of our Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) courses, you could:

  • Take on extra responsibility by stepping in as the OHS representative in your workplace
  • Possibly qualify for a salary increase by taking on additional duties in the workplace
  • Add to your knowledge and skills
  • Apply for professional membership with the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH)

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Course accreditation for Technical Memberships
by College SA Registered Corporate Member with SAIOSH
From R730.00 per month
Number of courses: 2

Study courses in health and safety OHS and keep your work environment safe!. Learn how to put health and safety regulations in place...

Why should I study College SA OHS Courses?

An Occupational Health and Safety course lays a good foundation from which to build with experience. It also adds an academic component to your CV that validates your experience. Knowing what is expected of you and how to apply theoretical knowledge to ensure that health and safety measures are met, increases your success rate and in turn your career prospects and earning potential.

College SA is a registered corporate member of Saiosh

College SA is a registered corporate member with SAIOSH (The South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health), membership number 43703465

What does this mean for you?

It means that when you study and complete one of our courses in health and safety (OHS), you can apply for professional membership with Saiosh.

Who is Saiosh?

Saiosh is recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a Professional Body for Occupational Health and Safety in terms of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008.

They are the leading source of information and networking opportunities within the occupational health and safety profession in South Africa.  

Saiosh’s main goal is to prevent and diminish workplace incidents and accidents in South Africa by encouraging occupational health and safety management and practices amongst its members and associates.      

The benefits of Saiosh membership

College SA is a corporate member of Saiosh. The benefits of corporate membership with Saiosh:

  • Course accreditation for TechSaiosh membership.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation for courses and events.

Reasons to study one of College SA’s Occupational Health and Safety courses

Our OHS courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills to perform occupational health and safety duties in the workplace.

Though these courses are non-credit bearing, they will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to take up the role of an occupational health and safety representative or coordinator in an organisation.

Five of our OHS course subjects have been certified and accredited by Saiosh as meeting the academic requirements for 5 CPD credits. 

Why do CPD credits matter?

  • It can introduce you to new job opportunities, new knowledge and new skills.
  • It ensures that you uphold and develop the knowledge and skill you need to offer a professional service in your profession.
  • It shows customers, clients, employers and professional bodies that your knowledge and skills are up-to-date and meets industry standards.

Saiosh membership for College SA students

If you want to gain professional membership with Saiosh, you can apply for membership with Saiosh online.

Benefits of becoming a Saiosh member

  • Free CPD OHS Workshops
  • Free e-Learning
  • Free Legal Updates
  • Free subscription to the SHEQ Management Magazine
  • Online Networking, CPD and Profile Updates
  • OHS Seminars and Conferences
  • OHS Updates and Newsletters
  • Career Portal

How to become a Saiosh member?

Before you can apply for Saiosh membership, you first have to successfully complete one of our OHS courses.

After successful completion, you can apply for membership on the Saiosh website.

Professional designation

You will need two years’ working experience as well as one of College SA’s courses in health and safety certificates to qualify for Technical Membership (TechSaiosh).  

Once your membership has been approved, you can use the letters TechSaiosh after your name.

The letters TechSaiosh is recognised by SAQA (South African Qualification Authority) as a professional designation for health and safety professionals. This means that those who successfully complete one of our courses and apply for membership will hold a title that is nationally recognised.     

To learn more about professional membership with Saiosh, please visit their professional registration page.

Saiosh membership fees

In order to apply for membership and maintain your professional status, you have to pay the following fees:

  • Once off application and registration fee (membership): R350.00
  • TechSaiosh annual membership fee (professional designation): R575.00

More about Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Occupational health and safety (OHS) are directed at ensuring that the working environment is safe and companies comply with legislation with regard to the health, safety and welfare of their employees.

These standards are a basic human right and should be accessible and enjoyed by all workers, regardless of the nature of their work. Occupational health and safety specialists are needed in most business sectors, especially construction, mining, agriculture and healthcare.

What does an Occupational Health and Safety Officer do?

The goal of an occupational health and safety specialist is to prevent hazards that threaten the health, safety and welfare of employees. They also ensure that a company complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They aim to improve the working environment, maintain health and safety standards and develop new ways of ensuring the welfare of employees.

Employment for occupational health and safety specialists is expected to grow at a slow pace from 2012 to 2022. Despite the lower than average employment growth, those with strong knowledge and skill and advanced qualifications can look forward to good job opportunities.

Want to study to become an Occupational Health and Safety Professional?

By studying an OHS course, you will be able to help reduce workplace accidents and injuries, enhance productivity and satisfaction among personnel, have an additional qualification to add to your CV and add an extra job role to your current position. College SA offers two different courses in occupational health and safety – an Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator in the Workplace Proficiency Certificate with five subjects to complete over a period of ten months, or an Occupational Health and Safety Representative in the Workplace Proficiency Certificate with five subjects to complete over the 10-month study period.