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Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

Registered with the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation

This course has one level to be completed in 2 Years

This course is undertaken by learners who wish to pursue their studies in the fields of mining, construction and manufacturing. Those learners with qualifications in science subjects such as biology, physical science, chemistry and mathematics may find it easy.

Entry qualifications for diploma level 5 are as follows

Normal Entry: NSSC grade 12 or equivalent qualification with a minimum of 18 points in 5 subjects including English Grade E or better as stipulated in the Adonai College admission policy.



If candidates at grade NSSC 12 or equivalent do not have an English Grade E or better they first have to go through the Adonai College English bridging programme for three months and if they pass with 50% and above then they will be accepted to start the programme.

All non-English speaking students must provide an English language certificate, in order to be considered for admission.


Mature age entry: Candidates registering using this requirement must be at least 23 years old, plus at least two years working experience in a related field and must be able to pass the entrance test of Adonai College by at least 50% as stipulated in the Adonai College admission policy. Applicants are given a maximum of two chances to write the entrance test and if they fail both chances, they cannot be considered for admission.


Special entry: The following persons may apply for special entry and for permission to proceed to study an NQF level qualification with exemption from the whole or part of the entry requirements

-    A person who has obtained a certificate in a related field of Adonai College or another NQA accredited institution,

-    Students holding international qualifications being offered or which were being offered by the college may apply to the academic board to be exempted from certain modules or examinations. Following an application to the academic board permission may be given to complete the programme in less than the required period provided that no students shall be allowed direct entry to the final part of the programme.



Career Prospects


After completing the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, the learner will be able to  be employed or undertake the following occupations in various productive sectors of the industry.




  • Health and Safety Officer/ Inspector
  • Fire Safety Officer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Health and Safety Law Inspector
  • Health and Safety Inspector
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Environmetal Safety Officer
  • Environmental Health officers


  • Mines
  • Construction 
  • Government
  • Municipalities
  • Manufacturing




Subfield: Preventive Health

Module Title Outcomes of Learning /Learning Outcomes
Occupational Health and Safety Management

Demonstrate and apply relevant knowledge of preventative health practices and management of occupational health hazards and risks at the workplace based on (OHSAS 18001:2007)

Industrial Occupational Hygiene

Demonstrate, apply and promote relevant good understanding of hygienic skills in occupational strands.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Demonstrate knowledge of occupational hazards and environmental problems associated with refrigeration and air conditioning and propose safety measures.

Accident investigation, safety health and environmental auditing Demonstrate, apply skills and carry out an in-depth accident investigation, safety, health and environmental auditing process at the workplace to eliminate unsafe work environment.
Fire Protection

Employ broad practical knowledge and skills of fire protection and control in industries and natural environment.

Safety, Health and Environmental Law

Interpret and  implement  legal and other requirements and procedures of Safety, Health and Environmental laws to determine conformity in industries

Occupational First Aid

Demonstrate and apply knowledge and practical skills of first aid in the workplace to disaster victims in industries

Chemical Safety and Handling

Employ broad practical knowledge and skills on safe handling of chemicals and guarantee workers  health and safety and of environment

Risk and Quality Management Systems

Integrate risk and quality management systems in industrial activities, products and services to minimise occupational hazards.

Disaster Management

Develop and employ broad practical knowledge and skills in managing disasters during planning, prevention and preparedness in all levels of occupation to ensure better recovery after loss of life and property

Occupational Health and Safety Attachment Demonstrate and apply theoretical knowledge of occupational health and safety and skills in solving industrial health and safety problems in the workplace.



Subfield: Communication Skills

Module Title Outcomes of Learning /Learning Outcomes
Communication Skills

Apply relevant skills of verbal and non-verbal communications across settings, purposes, audiences and practical skills necessary to work effectively in development work



Subfield: Promotional Health

Module Title Outcomes of Learning /Learning Outcomes
HIV and AIDS Education

Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the management and promotion of HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention at the workplace.



Subfield: Information Communication and Computer Science

Module Outcomes of Learning /Learning Outcomes
Information Communication and Technology

Demonstrate an awareness of the main components of ICT systems (input, outputs, storing, processing, communicating data) and awareness of practical software application programs used in business organisations.


Subfield: Project Management

Course Title                  Learning Outcomes
Project Management

Demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills in promoting health and safety of employees during the project implementation cycle.




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