SAIOH has its origins in the Occupational Hygiene Association of South Africa (OHASA) which was established in 1983 to promote an awareness of Occupational Hygiene.  The Institute of Occupational Hygienists of South Africa (IOHSA) was established in 1993 to register Occupational Hygienists who meet appropriate standards of education and practical experience. These two bodies merged in 2000 to form the present day SAIOH.
SAIOH has approximately 800 members and an annual budget of about a million rand which is applied to branch and head office incidentals.  SAIOH is dependent on sponsorship and membership fees to sustain itself and provide a service to members. These service include, but not limited to:
  • Certification
  • Annual Membership
  • The SAIOH Annual Conference
  • Workshops/ Seminars
  • The OHSA Journal and Safety First Magazine
  • SAIOH Events and OH-related Matters 


Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1995

Inclusion of new chemical onto the RL and CL OEL lists in the Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Substances.

As you may be well aware the Department of Labour is in the process of reviewing the Occupational Exposure Levels as per Table 1 (Control limits of hazardous chemical substances) and Table 2 (Recommended limits for hazardous chemical substances) in the Regulations for Hazardous chemical Substances (1995).

This is considered an optimal opportunity to consult stakeholders regarding inclusions of '
new" chemical substances into Table 1 (CL) and 2 (RL) that was not stipulated there previously. If you want to propose a chemical substance inclusion in the draft regulation please visit the SAIOH website and complete ANNEXURE A and return it to the Department of Labour on the contact details included.

Please return the proposals by 20 November 2015.

Note: not all proposals will automatically qualify for inclusion.

SAIOH Annual Conference



The 2015 conference promises to be filled with excellent papers, activities and of course the prestigious annual SAIOH Awards Dinner, building on the success of last year’s conference held in Potchefstroom.
Please note that registration for this years conference will be conducted online and the SAIOH Office and its Branches will not accept any written requests for registration.





OHSA Presentation for SASOHN Workshop
Occupational Health Southern Africa is the only dedicated journal for the occupational health disciplines in southern Africa. It is the official journal of the following four professional societies:
  • The South African Society of Occupational Medicine (members are occupational health doctors and doctors in industry)
  • The South African Society of Occupational Health Nursing Practitioners (members are occupational health nurses)
  • The Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (members are occupational hygienists)
  • The Mine Medical Professionals' Association (members are doctors and other health care professionals working in or interested in the mining industry)
Established in 1995, it has since grown steadily in terms of its content, readership and marketing. It is distributed to all society members, as one of their membership benefits. The journal's objective is to keep occupational health practitioners current with the latest research, especially African research. The journal is accredited by the Department of Education, and articles are peer-reviewed before publication. Occupational Health Southern Africa is published alternate monthly (six issues per annum) and offers good value for the subscription cost.


The Safety First Association is the oldest occupational health and safety association in South Africa. It was founded in 1932 by Sir Ernest Oppenheimer and the Mayor of Johannesburg.
The Safety First Association promotes occupational health and safety in southern Africa by:
  • Spreading knowledge of the principles and methods of accident/incident prevention. 
  • Encouraging co-operation in the prevention and/or reduction of accidents/incidents which lead to loss of life, injury or other losses. 
  • Publishing and distributing information. 
  • Monitoring and influencing the impact of standards and legislation.
Partner Associations
  • Institute of Safety Management (IOSM)
  • Southern African Protective Equipment Marketing Association (SAPEMA)
  • Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH)
  • National Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Board (NOSHEBO)
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