The National National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH), is recognised internationally for excellence in research, service and training to support occupational health services not only in South Africa but also in Southern Africa through its extensive outreach activities and collaborations.
The NIOH has made great strides in terms of its overall objectives, particularly around quality, and continues to provide training, service and research assistance to a wide range of local, provincial and central government stakeholders.
The NIOH provides cost effective occupational health services to national and provincial government departments as well as support for occupational health and safety inside the NHLS. This support work has included advice to regulatory authorities, employers, unions and individual employees.
The NIOH investigates occupational diseases and has laboratories for occupational environment analysis. The NIOH provides a range of services to support occupational health, including the statutory autopsy service, advisory services, information services, specialised laboratories and heath hazard evaluations.
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