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There exists a formal working relationship between Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH) and Department of Labour (hereafter DoL) on areas of common or mutual interest to ensure the prevention of ill health within the work environment. A memorandum of understanding was signed between SAIOH and the DoL which serves as recognition of SAIOH as the Occupational Hygiene Registration Body for Professional Occupational Hygiene Practitioners in South Africa.

Memorandum of Understanding

Duties of the parties

  • the parties undertake to involve each other in the development of:
  • new legislation or amendments to existing legislation;
  • new regulations and/or guidelines (standards) or revision of existing regulations and/or guidelines (standards).  

The DoL recognises that SAIOH is responsible for professional certification and registration of occupational hygiene practitioners in Southern Africa in terms of the following designations:

  • Occupational Hygiene Assistants
  • Occupational Hygiene Technologists
  • Occupational Hygienist



Ergonomics Workshop: A collaborative approach to reducing Muscular Skeletal Disorders - 19 February 2016 (programme)

Presentation: Current approach in the prevention of muscular skeletal disorders (Ergonomincs) - N.W Pieterse

2016 Ergonomics Workshop Presentations



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.



Please take note that brick manufacturers fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labour.

Please see below attachments in this regard:

 SASOM is a Professional Society, registered as a special interest group with the South African Medical Association and affiliated to the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH). SASOM aims to protect and promote the health of workers through quality occupational health programmes and clinical excellence to the benefit of employees, employers and occupational medical practitioners.

The aims of the Society are:

  • To protect and promote the health of workers by preventing and controlling occupational diseases and accidents and by eliminating occupational factors and conditions hazardous to health.
  • Development and promotion of healthy and safe work, work environments and work organisations. Enhancement of physical, mental and social well-being of workers and support for the development and maintenance of their working capacity, as well as professional and social development at work.
  • Enablement of workers to conduct socially and economically productive lives and to contribute positively to sustainable development.
  • To acquire accreditation of continuing professional development activities through the various Seminars/Workshops and the Occupational Health Southern Africa Journal (official journal of SASOM)
  • To develop Occupational Medicine as a distinct and recognised multi-disciplinary activity.
  • To contribute to national and international occupational health strategies and policies.
 In an effort to achieve their objectives the Society provides
  • National and international seminars, educational workshops and conferences.
  • Establishment of various scientific committees based on the ICOH scientific committees.
  • Input on occupational health legislation.
  • Guardian for the ethical and medical standards of occupational medical practitioners.
  • Expanding your knowledge and even your practice with our occupational health guidelines.
  • Networking with other practitioners, specialising in various fields nationwide and, through our national database.
  • Bi-monthly accredited journal, Occupational Health Southern Africa.
  • Through its networking capability, SASOM provides support to a variety of specialist groups in the field of Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine.

 On the 19th June 2015 SAIOH was invited by SASOM to speak at the Annual Conference held at the Protea Hotel in Kempton Park.  SAIOH President Presentation & SAIOH PCB Presentation



The South African Society of Occupational Health Nursing Practitioners (SASOHN) is a professional society committed to the development of the occupational health nursing practitioner (OHNP). Occupational health nursing practitioners take care of the health of more than 8 million workers in South Africa in all types of industries.
Goals of the Society The promotion of the highest possible standards in Occupational Health practice by encouraging accreditation and upgraded professional qualifications.
  • The provision of a supportive network for Occupational Health Nursing Practitioners working in a business environment and a forum for sharing problems and experiences.
  • The development of professional capacity and excellence through the presentation of workshops, conferences and training projects including specific efforts to keep members abreast of changes in technology and legislation.
  • The encouragement of the cost-effective delivery of quality Occupational Health services in the country.
  • The promotion of adherence by organisations to the legal requirements set in terms of current and future South African and International legislation. 

11th Academic Day Hosted By SASOHN

Bookings are now open for the 11th SASOHN Academic Day to be held in Johannesburg on the 5th of May 2016  and Pietermaritzburg on the 19th May 2016. Visit the SASON Website for further information.


 The Mine Medical Officers’ Association (MMOA) was founded in 1921 to serve as the representative organisation of the group of medical practitioners whose task it was to watch over the health of a great army of workers who do the manual labour in South African Mines.  Proceedings of the association were published from 1921 without break for over sixty years. They form an invaluable record of observations made, clinical procedures applied and the general treatment of a very large body of men. The first 50 years of the Association is covered in the book “Doctors of the Mines” published in 1971. The Chapter on “Prophylaxis and Therapy” covers Pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Silicosis, Enteric fever, Scurvy, Leg Ulcers, Hookworm, Sporotrichosis and Heat Stroke. A second book on the history of the MMPA is now in preparation. In 2002, the Association changed its name to the Mining Medical and Other Health Care Professionals Association and was again changed in 2009 to the Mine Medical Professionals’ Association.
We raise the Profile of Medicine in Mining
To remain an integral & indispensable discipline within the Mining Industry by:
  • Promoting best practice in mine medicine
  • Promoting the health and productivity of the workforce
  • Gathering and disseminating knowledge
  • Serving the interests of Medical Professionals within the Mining Industry.


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