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Regional legislation review 2019

Wednesday, 09 January 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tracy Mphaphuli
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Dear SAIOH Members,

 

 As you may know, NEPDA Agency assist countries to develop and update their OHS Laws. The purpose of this exercise is to ensure worker protection and harmonization of approach in the region. Therefore, as a well established Occupational Hygiene Institute in the region, SAIOH has the opportunity and expertise to influence policy and content of the required legislation and to ensure that Occupational Hygiene principals are considered as part of the health protection mechanism.

 

The current proposed content relating to  worker exposure and protection in the attached draft appears to be  limited and offers opportunity for suggestions and guidance. The role of well-qualified and internationally recognized occupational hygienist, nursing or medical practitioners is not visible anywhere within the document.

 

There is a mention of radiation, noise, HCS, risk assessment, etc nonetheless, we feel the act need to explicitly state the obligation for mines or industries to engage qualified and internationally recognised OH professionals as is the case in our own (RSA) legislation

We would appreciate your comments and input on the attached documents as part of an effort to enlighten other countries to the role of and potential positive influence of occupational hygiene as part of any HSE structure.

 

Malawi is currently revising both the industry and mining legislation. Please consider how you think we can advise on the best way to ensure that the occupational hygiene space is not invaded by unscrupulous people and the law should require the employment of professionals capable of  producing high-quality data that will compete in the international best practices space.

As occupational hygiene experts, we, therefore, requested you to participate in order to influence this important policy process. Please feel free to share with other experts who will add value, such as radiation specialist, medical doctors or ergonomist, etc.

 

For more information, please contact Norman Khoza at normank@nepad.org or call: +2773 236 3424

 

We will appreciate your response by 08 February 2019

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