Health and Safety:
Mastering Workplace Safety

Short Course

Study Units



6 Months

Start Dates


Registration from

1 June 2020


R 6 510

The purpose and description of this short course

Health and safety in the workplace is a legislative requirement. Whether you want to brush up your knowledge on workplace health and safety measures or are completely new to the health and safety landscape, this well-rounded course will be beneficial to you.
The programme also includes essential updates on the employers’ responsibilities and obligations towards preparing the workplace for COVID-19, screening employees, and responding to an outbreak. The programme also include tailor-made templates, developed for the South African market in line with relevant legislation that can be applied in any industry.
The programme is ideal for human resources managers, entrepreneurs, small business managers, health and safety representatives, employers and employees.
This programme covers:
• The purpose of health and safety in the workplace,
• Various health and safety related legislation, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act,
• Risk and risk management,
• Risk evaluation and control,
• Infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, TB and COVID-19,
• Mental health and wellbeing,
• Lifestyle risks and diseases and the employers’ responsibilities,
• Health and safety programmes including COVID-19 responses, checklists and employer obligations.


Unit One Formative Assignment
Unit Two Formative Assignment
Unit Three Formative Assignment
Summative Assignment (all units)

Z. Auths
A. van der Merwe

(Study material including support material are provided. Recommended readers are for further personal reading)

This short course consists of three (3) easy to follow study units.
Complete 3 formative assignments and 1 summative assignment to qualify for the certificate in 

Health and Safety: Mastering Workplace Safety

Unit 1

Health and Safety Legislation,

kicks off with the importance of health and safety in the workplace. As the title of the unit suggests, this part of the course deals with various relevant legislation that governs health and safety in the workplace. Upon completion of this unit you should also have a working knowledge of understanding risk, different levels of risk, the risk management process, evaluating risks and controlling risk.

Unit 2

Contemporary health and safety issues,

delves into current health and safety risks and concerns that can affect the workplace adversely if it is not managed. Infectious and serious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB and other illnesses (such as the COVID-19 virus) are discussed. Mental health and wellbeing is discussed as it relates to stress, burnout, depression, and anxiety disorders. This unit conclude with behavioural aspects that may affect the wellbeing of employees and others, including, substance abuse, smoking, sexual harassment and, bullying.

Unit 3

Health and Safety Programmes,

provides a guideline for establishing health and safety programmes in the workplace. Part of the health and safety programme includes the appointment of a health and safety representative. This programme discusses the various roles and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Officers and representatives, and various special duties specifically in response to COVID-19. This unit conclude on promoting employee wellness programmes through activities, training and various communication activities.

Entry Requirements: Grade 12 (If you have not completed Grade 12 (matric) then you must be older than 23 years and have 2 years work experience)

The importance of doing a short course

Our online short courses are flexible programmes that allow for both flexibility of time, and flexibility of location. In other words, you can work through the required coursework at a time during the day when it suits you best. Furthermore, you can study in a location that works for you. So, you can really study anywhere, anytime.

The short courses are structured in such a way that you complete compact units of learning within specific timeframes. Each unit is just enough, with applicable industry related content that can be practically applied for personal or professional gain. Because of the short courses’ nature of “just in time” and “just enough” learning, these non-credit bearing courses are naturally in high demand.

Doing a short course will be ideal if you want to:

  • Gain up-to-date knowledge, skills and best practices applications in a particular field;
  • Expand your competencies and knowledge to a particular field;
  • Gain specialised knowledge and skills that is transferrable to the workplace;
  • Empower yourself with the ability to adapt to innovation and change in a specific industry or field;
  • Develop skills, attitude and knowledge in a specific field for personal or professional gain.
  • Furthermore, showcasing the newly gained skills and abilities obtained from completed short courses can:
  • Highlight your CV as an employee candidate of choice;

Improve your chances to access higher education, particularly in cases where you did not meet the normal and formal entry requirements of a programme;

The secondary purpose of the short courses is to up-skill predominantly unskilled and/or semi-skilled individuals, who are mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds. Short courses create opportunities for previously disadvantage individuals to participate in life-long learning and in the process become active role players in the economy and society at large.

Moreover, the short courses support the vision of the College which is to “create prosperity through knowledge.” In addition, the College’s mission to “allow each and every willing and able person, regardless of race, gender, background, disability or age; the opportunity to be educated with basic and advanced skills in such a way that the acquired knowledge can be practically and innovatively utilised in any working environment the individual may wish to enter”, is further enabled through our short course offerings.

Although students who complete a non-credit bearing short course may not qualify for credits on any level of the HEQSF, they may include the information, provided in the academic transcript, to enhance their Curriculum Vitae (CV) or to substantiate a portfolio of evidence (POE) in order to obtain recognition of prior learning (RPL) for access and/or advanced standing for a related programme (Council on Higher Education, 2016).

The short courses are BMT College programmes that are quality assured by our internal higher education structures and approved by our Academic Council, as per the best practices and guidelines of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) for the offering of short learning programmes by higher education institutions. The short courses are therefore not accredited by an external body.

BMT College is registered as a private higher education institution with the Department of Higher Education under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration No. 2011/HE07/002. Our full qualifications are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

Pricing and Payment Plans

Payment schedule for the short course

Course Start Date​


Debit Order Payment

R930 x 7 months

Full Payment

R6 510