Three South African Defence Force members died of sewer methane gas in Durban while trying to rescue three contract workers from a sewage pit.
Gauteng Department of Health budget overspend will reach R1.6-b by March 2017, partly due to negligence, and the occupational dispensation.
This health and safety law update of February 2017 includes health facilities; medicines; Bargaining Councils; and environmental prosecution.
The Department of Labour called for comment on the Draft Ergonomics Regulations under the OHS Act, before 27 April 2017. Here are some links.
The Department of Health Directorate of Radiation Control could merge its radiation safety functions with the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR).
South African chemicals operators reported more chemicals industry diseases among health and safety statistics in the Responsible Care Performance Report 2016.
The Department of Labour is drafting Ergonomics Regulations, due in 2017. Employers would also have to follow guidelines relevant to their industries.
Occupational hospital safety levels are down to zero in Gauteng and Limpopo provinces, said the Labour Department.
Ghana had asked employers to manage environmental health impacts, as part of their business sustainability goals.
A railway occupational health and medical practitioner course, including human factors management, is hosted in Pretoria on 4 to 9 July 2016.
A yellow fever outbreak began in Angola in December. By April 2016, Angola had 2023 suspected yellow fever cases, and 258 deaths from infections.
The USA occupational hygiene registration body AIHA, partnered with the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH).
The SA Department of Labour hosts a seminar on the dangers of Hazardous Biological Agents (HBA) in health care work, on 11-12 November 2015.
Assmang Beeshoek Iron Ore Mine and the Northern Cape Department of Health promoted mining occupational health at their annual SHE Day in September 2015.
The SA Labour Department and the HSRC launched an HIV/AIDS study in October 2015, for three years, at public and private employers. It is funded by Germany.
If you have a canteen on site then you probably have food handlers preparing the food. The health issues of food handlers can affect your entire workforce.
Asbestos is still an occupational health risk in manufacturing, mining, building, maintenance and auto industries.
Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) responded to a doctors’ letter on metals compensation snags, assuring of prompt IOD claims payments.
The SA state has allocated R18-b for social health aid and wellness in 15 mining towns.
The rate of food-borne disease is rising due to contamination by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals. Food safety is an occupational health risk.
A video of KFC personnel washing chicken with a hose put food safety laws under the spotlight. What you should know about SA food safety laws.
Scania South Africa’s HIV prevention and AIDS employee support programme, has won an international award.
Human Factors are often neglected in Hazard Identification & Risk assessment processes. In the case of Flight 9525 this proved to be fatal.
Natalie Graaff looks at Legionella, the law, and two new national standards for managing exposure to hazardous bacteria.