Occupational Health and Safety Courses (OHS Training Course)

The Occupational Health and Safety Act [Act 85 of 1993] and Regulations lists supervisors, employees, health and safety representatives as well as first aid staff are among the people who require health and safety training.

At Lets Study we offer a range of OHS courses that range from risk specific to generic. The courses are all modular and can be taken as a single module course or in combination with other modules.

Occupational health and safety (OHS) courses are for potential OHS officers who have the main responsibility of ensuring that health and safety systems are in place in all types of different work environments. This course is designed for individuals who would like:

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Health & Safety Representative Training Course

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The learners will be able to explain the rights, powers, functions and duties of the workplace health and safety representative and how any errant health, safety and environmental issues may be handled.

SHE - Incident Investigation Training Course

SHE Incident Investigations

During this training we will ensure you understand how, when, where, what, etc., you are required to do to conduct an Incident Investigation. The OHaSA requires that the Health & Safety Committee investigate all Recordable and Reportable incidents. If they are not available or suited for the task, the Employer must designate an Investigator in writing.

SHE - Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment Course (HIRA)

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The HIRA (Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment Course) course. During this training session and through the use of your manual, we will ensure you understand how, when, where, what, etc., you are required to do to conduct a Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment.

Level 1 Fire Prevention, Protection & Preparedness Course

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The Level 1 Fire Prevention, Protection & Preparedness Course will provide you with all relevant theoretical information with visuals. This will enable you to have a better insight into all the aspects discussed during the training. On completion you will do some practical exercises.

SHE - Occupational Health & Safety Awareness Programme

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The Occupational Health & Safety Awareness Programme will explain your legal rights and duties in terms of Health and Safety laws. It will further help you to identify and cope with hazards and risks that you may be exposed to during your work. Illness and injuries don’t just happen, they are caused!

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Occupational health and safety representatives put health and safety systems in place, give advice to their employer about related health and safety issues and investigate accidents/incidents that occur in the workplace.

If you have the intention of acting as a health and safety representative in your workplace, enroll for our Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Course. During your studies you will learn how to identify health and danger hazards, how to improve health and safety, conduct inspections, give advice to your employer, and also act as the legally compliant OHS representative of your workplace.

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How Will You Study

You may choose how you want to study your OHS courses. At Lets Study we offer the course in the Classroom, Distance Learning or a combination of both. You may attend the classes on our premises or online using our Online Learning Platform to which you will have access. In the learning platform you will have access to groups where you may ask question or interact with other students. Here you can also post questions to your facilitator.

How The Course Works

The OHS courses are in modules where you may choose the one or more you require. Each course is a stand alone and you will receive the appropriate certificate upon completion. Each course contains a textbook, study guide and a folder where you complete your POE (Portfolio of Evidence). 

You can also just take one or more modules of your choosing and once you have completed each module you will be issued with a certificate of completion from Lets Study.

If you do the full course Lets Study will register you with SAIOHS as a member (for your first year). Here you are required to complete assignments and gain CPD points. Once you have gained all the skills and knowledge as required by the professional body you will receive the recognition and be registered by SAIOHS as a Technical Occupational Health and Safety Officer. There are several levels that you can achieve and build your career.

Included In The Course Fees

The following is included in the course fees:



Health & Safety Representative Training Course

The Health & Safety Representative training course consists of eight chapters, two theoretical tests and a practical assessment. The theoretical tests will be in the classroom or on the online learning platform.

You will do the practical assessment in class (if you attend) or you will do the required assessment and take a video which you will upload to the learning platform for assessment.

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SHE Incident Investigation

The SHE Incident Investigation Course consists of 15 Chapters, one theoretical test and a Case Study that you will complete.

The theoretical test will be done in class or on the online platform and you will complete the case study after completing the theoretical material.

SHE Incident Investigations

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)

The Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Course is compiled with six parts. During your course you will do two theoretical tests and complete a PoE (Portfolio of Evidence)

The theoretical tests will be done in class or on the online platform and you will complete your PoE as agreed with the facilitator.

health and safety risk assessment

Level 1 Fire Prevention, Protection & Preparedness Course

The Level 1 Fire Prevention, Protection and Preparedness Course is compiled of 10 parts. During your course you will do two theoretical tests and complete a complete assessment

The theoretical tests will be done in class or on the online platform and you will complete your assessment as agreed with the facilitator.

basic fire prevention course


The course is structured to


  • your legal rights and duties
  • in terms of Health & Safety laws

Help you

  • identify and cope with hazards & risks
  • you could be exposed to at work
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Accreditation Information

Status: Course accreditation for Technical Membership
Type & reward: Certificate confirming course completion
Provided by: Lets Study (Div of Click Certain (PTY)LTD Registered Corporate Member with SAIOSH
Minimum credits: N/A

SAIOSH is recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a professional body for Occupational Health and Safety Practitioners in South Africa.

When you complete your occupational health and safety course you qualify to apply for Technical Membership with SAIOSH, on condition that you have 2 years’ occupational health and safety experience.

SAIOSH offers members the opportunity to attain SAQA Professional Registration designations as well the following:


What are the education and training requirements for an occupational health and safety officer?

You have a future in OHS even if you did not attend a university or college. If you care for people and the workplace you can become a fully qualified OHSO professional. To qualify all you need to do an accredited course by a professional body and then become a member. Each body has different criteria before you become fully qualified but you can do it.

Obtain a professional certificate

Once you have completed your accredited course you join as a member with a professional body. You will then go through a trail period and certain tasks are compulsary during this time. Once you have completed all the requirements you will be awarded the qualification as a OHS professional.

Obtain recognition from a professional body

With a certified qualification and some work experience under your belt, you can qualify for a membership with a professional body. Membership with a professional body like SAIOSH establishes you as a professional in your field and opens doors for career growth and increased earning potential

How to add to your certification portfolio

To further your education in this field you can get additional certificates in Labour Law and Facilities Management, after which you can specialize in any industry you choose. Now you are in the position to ensure the safety of all staff and ensuring the company conforms to the correct standards regarding health and safety in the workplace.

What is the potential salary for an occupational health and safety officer?

The remuneration for a Occupational Health and Safety Officer is dependent on the professional designation, work experience and ability to become or be specialised in areas such as construction and facilities management.

What is the career path of an occupational health and safety officer?

The health and safety legislation is complex and extremely diverse, therefor you as an OHSO have many opportunities in all the different fields. With legislation as it is organisations from all spectrum’s are dependent on in-house specialists and external consultants to ensure their companies meet all the compliance requirements.

Health and safety legislation is set at a government level and filters down into every single industry. As a professional in this field, businesses will rely on you for your insight and expertise, giving you the freedom to choose the industry where you will specialise.

As the number of service sector jobs has risen in developed countries, more and more jobs have become sedentary, presenting a different array of health problems than those associated with manufacturing and the primary sector. Contemporary problems such as the growing rate of obesity and issues relating to occupational stress, workplace bullying, and overwork in many countries have further complicated the interaction between work and health.

ISO 45001 was published in March 2018.

There were, according to an estimate by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), 2.34 million deaths in 2013 as a result of work activities. The greatest majority (2 million) are associated with health issues, as opposed to injuries. The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, IOSH, estimates there are 660,000 deaths a year as a result of cancers arising from work activities.

ISO is developing an occupational health and safety (OHS) management system standard (ISO 45001) which is intended to enable organisations to manage their OH&S risks and improve their OHS performance. The implementation of an OH&S management system will be a strategic decision for an organisation that can be used to support its sustainability initiatives, ensuring people are safer and healthier and increase profitability at the same time.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

The term occupational health and safety is one that covers a wide range of differing criteria. At its heart lies the desire to improve the health and safety of the working environment, in all its many guises. As a secondary benefit of these complex activities, those around the worker and the workplace may also benefit in terms of health, safety and general lifestyle.

Occupational safety and health (OSH), also commonly referred to as occupational health and safety (OHS), occupational health, or workplace health and safety (WHS), is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health, and welfare of people at work.

As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) “occupational health deals with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace and has a strong focus on primary prevention of hazards. Occupational health is a multidisciplinary field of healthcare concerned with enabling an individual to undertake their occupation, in the way that causes least harm to their health.

In basic terms, occupational health and safety aims to identify and reduce (or totally eradicate) risks associated with the workplaces. There are of course many jobs which have inherent safety issues tied in with them, and so the role of those who identify occupational health and safety risks is to reconcile these two ideas, so that work can still be done, money can still be made – but the short and long term health of the worker is protected at all times.

Range of Disciplines and Professions

Those in the field of occupational health come from a wide range of disciplines and professions including medicine, psychology, epidemiology, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, occupational therapy, occupational medicine, human factors and ergonomics, and many others. Professionals advise on a broad range of occupational health matters.

Personal protective equipment can help protect against many of these hazards.

Physical hazards affect many people in the workplace.

Falls are also a common cause of occupational injuries and fatalities, especially in construction, extraction, transportation, healthcare, and building cleaning and maintenance.[15] Machines have moving parts, sharp edges, hot surfaces and other hazards with the potential to crush, burn, cut, shear, stab or otherwise strike or wound workers if used unsafely.

The benefits of occupational health and safety are generally acknowledged by various groups and organizations. The primary one and the one that has most interest in worker’s well-being is of course the government. While the well being of the worker is the main focus, there are other issues such as those of economy; if a worker gets badly injured, then the state will have to pick up the bill – which can in drastic cases result in years of state benefits and medical costs.

Different Types of Hazards In The Workplace

Biological hazards (biohazards) include infectious microorganisms such as viruses and toxins produced by those organisms such as anthrax. Biohazards affect workers in many industries; influenza, for example, affects a broad population of workers. Outdoor workers, including farmers, landscapers, and construction workers, risk exposure to numerous biohazards, including animal bites and stings, urushiol from poisonous plants, and diseases transmitted through animals such as the West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Health care workers, including veterinary health workers, risk exposure to blood-borne pathogens and various infectious diseases, especially those that are emerging.

Dangerous chemicals can pose a chemical hazard in the workplace. There are many classifications of hazardous chemicals, including neurotoxins, immune agents, dermatologic agents, carcinogens, reproductive toxins, systemic toxins, asthmagens, pneumoconiotic agents, and sensitizers. Authorities such as regulatory agencies set occupational exposure limits to mitigate the risk of chemical hazards.

Psychosocial hazards include risks to the mental and emotional well-being of workers, such as feelings of job insecurity, long work hours, and poor work-life balance. A recent Cochrane review – using moderate quality evidence – related that the addition of work-directed interventions for depressed workers receiving clinical interventions reduces the number of lost work days as compared to clinical interventions alone.

From the company’s point of view, keeping their workforce healthy is very important. If a highly skilled worker for example damages their back, then that person may be off work for a long period of time. By observing a high level of health and safety, a company can reduce this risk by a large degree.

OHS Risk Factors

Specific occupational safety and health risk factors vary depending on the specific sector and industry. Construction workers might be particularly at risk of falls, for instance, whereas fishermen might be particularly at risk of drowning. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies the fishing, aviation, lumber, metalworking, agriculture, mining and transportation industries as among some of the more dangerous for workers. Similarly psychosocial risks such as workplace violence are more pronounced for certain occupational groups such as health care employees, police, correctional officers and teachers.

On industrialized farms, injuries frequently involve the use of agricultural machinery. The most common cause of fatal agricultural injuries in the United States is tractor rollovers, which can be prevented by the use of roll over protection structures which limit the risk of injury in case a tractor rolls over.

Much of occupational health and safety is of course to do with education. By ensuring everyone understands how the objects and machines around them might pose some threat to their physical or indeed mental well being.

There are a great many organizations that carry out occupational health and safety training for employees of firms, so that they know as much as possible about current government legislation and how it might affect the particular operations of that given company.

Different industries have different health and safety issues to consider. A factory for example would perhaps look at how machinery poses any threat to the workforce. An office based company might look at the risks associated with sitting positions, time spent in front of the computer screen and any temperature issues.

Health and Safety Legislation

Previously, the International Labour Organization (ILO) published ILO-OSH 2001, also titled “Guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems” to assist organizations with introducing OSH management systems

In South Africa the Department of Employment and Labour is responsible for occupational health and safety inspection and enforcement in commerce and industry apart from mining and energy production, where the Department of Mineral Resources is responsible.

The main statutory legislation on Health and Safety in the jurisdiction of the Department of Labour is Act No. 85 of 1993: Occupational Health and Safety Act as amended by Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act, No. 181 Of 1993.

Regulations to the OHS Act include:

  • General Administrative Regulations, 2003
  • Certificate of Competency Regulations, 1990
  • Construction Regulations, 2014
  • Diving Regulations 2009
  • Driven Machinery Regulations, 1988
  • Environmental Regulations for Workplaces, 1987
  • General Machinery regulations, 1988
  • General Safety Regulations, 1986
  • Noise induced hearing loss regulations, 2003
  • Pressure Equipment Regulations, 2004

Skin, lungs, cardiovascular system, reproductive organs and urinary tract can all be affected as a result of an Occupational disease contracted by an array of exposures within the air at various places of employment. Certain kidney cancers have been detected from workers using printing kits. Clothing dye has been known to cause bladder cancer in some whom have worked with dyes.

Another responsibility of OSHA is to provide safety for residents and families whom live near a workplace that has may have potential environment issues. Before OSHA plans an intervention assessing the risks that may be surfaced through the company the first thing that must be applied is determining the hazards. Calculate the effected employees as well as the surrounds. Calculate the risk involved; take into consideration the measures needed to be taken. Respond to the most serious situation first.

Future Health and Safety Risk and Management

Nanotechnology is an example of a new, relatively unstudied technology. A Swiss survey of one hundred thirty eight companies using or producing nanoparticulate matter in 2006 resulted in forty completed questionnaires. Sixty five per cent of respondent companies stated they did not have a formal risk assessment process for dealing with nanoparticulate matter.

On April 28 The International Labour Organization celebrates “World Day for Safety and Health” to raise awareness of safety in the workplace. Occurring annually since 2003, each year it focuses on a specific area and bases a campaign around the theme

Occupational health and safety has traveled a long distance from the beginning of industry Today OSHA is enforcing safe and healthy work places for all employees and employers. For the business owners and operators OSHA is enforcing more and more rules and regulations to follow. Out of every employment option Agriculture has been long lasting since the beginning of time. Some seventy percent of the worlds working people are employed in the agriculture business.