Topical Issues

September 5, 2019

Fungal Disease Awareness Week – 23-27 September 2019

Fungal diseases awareness week highlights the importance of diseases caused by exposure to fungi/moulds in the workplace. It also highlights the importance of preventing exposure and of recognising symptoms or diseases so that workers’ health is protected and improved. Workers spend a substantial fraction of time (~90%) within buildings such as offices; therefore indoor air quality becomes an important risk factor for human health (WHO 2009; Bonetta et al., 2010; Di Giulio et al., 2010). Microbial agents such as fungi/moulds […]
August 30, 2019

Legionella Awareness Day 30th August 2019

Legionella is spread through the air by breathing in very small droplets of water laden with bacteria, from a contaminated water source.  Once inhaled, the bacteria multiply in the lungs causing Legionellosis. Legionellosis is a notifiable disease and must be reported to the local health department and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). The NIOH provides advice and guidance on workplace legionella prevention. This silent killer is EASILY preventable. Learn more about legionella and how to keep yourself safe […]
May 28, 2019

Working Conditions and Health Outcomes of Caddies Working in Golf Courses in the City of Johannesburg

Caddies are an essential part of the golf industry, which contributes over R58.4 billion to the South African economy. However, caddies are informal workers who are often marginalised. They do not benefit from occupational health and safety regulations or labour laws, have no or limited access to social protection and health care, especially in low to middle income countries. In addition, informal workers have very little control of hazardous exposures in their working environment. Thus, they generally have a higher […]
May 27, 2019

Support for the Universal Labour Guarantee – Fundamental Workers’ Rights

The International Labour Organisations (ILO) Global Commission  on  the  Future  of  Work,  launched  the  report  “Work  for  a Brighter  Future”. In  this  report  the Commission  recommends  establishing a  Universal  Labour  Guarantee. The  Committee  calls  for  a  Universal  Labour Guarantee including fundamental workers’ rights; an “adequate living wage”; limits on hours of work; and, and ensuring safe and healthy workplaces. This proposal allows for safety and health to be recognized as a fundamental principle and right at work. The International Occupational […]
May 23, 2019

World Environment Day – 5 June 2019