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SAIOH Annual Conference 2017


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The SAIOH Conference was held from 25 to 27 October 2017 at Misty Hills Country Hotel and Conference Venue, nestled in the foothills of the Swartkop Mountains in the Cradle of Humankind, on the threshold of the beautiful Kromdraai Valley in Muldersdrift.


The scientific programme (26-27 October 2017) comprised five keynote addresses (three international and two regional/national); six presentations from SAIOH stakeholder and sister organisations in a special session dedicated to their respective opinions and views on challenges in occupational hygiene/health (Departments of Labour, Mineral Resources and Gauteng Health; the South African Society of Occupational Medicine (SASOM); the South African Society of Occupational Health Nursing Practitioners (SASOHN); and the Occupational Hygiene Approved Inspection Authority (OH-AIA) Association); a special interactive session dedicated to the SAIOH certification process (presented by three members of the SAIOH Professional Certification Committee (PCC) – Deon Jansen van Vuuren, Sean Chester and Julie Hills); and 20 papers (oral and poster presentations) spanning various sub-themes, viz: partnerships and collaborations in occupational hygiene; research and innovation; management and quality systems; occupational hygiene stressors; and an opinion piece on unethical behaviour and practices in the field of occupational hygiene. Special mention is made here of two oral papers and one poster presentation delivered by postgraduate students: brother and sister duo Stefan Linde (oral paper) and Karlien Linde (poster), both from North-West University, presented “Contribution of respiratory and dermal exposure routes to platinum body burden” and “The exposure of Limpopo farm workers solar ultraviolet radiation during summer”, respectively; and Goitsemang Keretetse from the Wits SoPH presented an oral paper titled “Assessment of nail technicians’ exposure to chemicals found in nail salon products in Gauteng, South Africa”.



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At the Conference’s Gala Dinner and SAIOH Awards function, which was held on Thursday evening, 26 October, SAIOH members were acknowledged and congratulated for their valuable contributions to the occupational hygiene profession. The following SAIOH awards were bestowed:

Top Author – Occupational Hygiene Article for the Year 2016:

Dr Leon Harmse (Tshwane University of Technology), who completed his PhD degree recently, for his publication:

Harmse JL, Engelbrecht JC, Bekker JL. The impact of physical and ergonomic hazards on poultry abattoir processing workers: A review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016;13(2):197 (doi:10.3390/ijerph13020197)

Personality of the Year 2016:

Ms Celia Keet (Occupational Hygiene Monitoring Services and Chair of the SAIOH Cape West branch)

Occupational Hygienist for the Year 2016:

Ms Keneilwe Matjola (Orapa Mine, Debswana, Botswana)

Vocational Education and Training Student for the Year 2016:

Ms Christa van Dyk (Namdeb Diamond Corporation, Namibia)

Tertiary Student for the Year 2016 (two awards bestowed):

Marelé Keyter (North-West University and Gijima Holdings (Pty)

(2) Yolandi Jordaan (North-West University and Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd)

Top Achiever Award - “Occupational Hygiene Assistant” Assessment 2016:

Ms Liezille Schoonbee (Tenneco Ride Control SA (Pty) Ltd)

Top Achiever Award - “Occupational Hygiene Technologist” Assessment 2016:

Mr Anton Coetzer (South African Nuclear Energy Corporation)

Top Achiever Award - “Occupational Hygienist” Assessment 2016:

Ms Muriel Mogane (Engen Oil and Chair of the SAIOH KwaZulu-Natal branch)


Please find below a copy of the original Attendance Lists completed by delegates.

SAIOH PDC 1 - 25 October 2017          SAIOH PDC 2 - 25 October 2017   SAIOH PDC 3 - 25 October 2017       SAIOH PDC 4 - 25 October 2017

SAIOH AGM - 26 October 2017            SAIOH Conference Day 1 - 26 October 2017         SAIOH Conference Day 2 - 27 October 2017

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