Topical Issues

January 29, 2019

NIOH joins hands with HOSPERSA

The Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH) of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS).  The agreement paves a way for collaborative efforts for both parties to address various Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) challenges experienced by health workers in the workplace.  By signing this agreement, the NIOH and the Union have pledged to working together on projects that seek to improve […]
November 21, 2018

NIOH & ICOH participates in the United Nations General Assembly Meeting on Tuberculosis (TB) on September 26, 2018 in New York City

Heads of State gathered in New York on 26 September this year at the United Nations General Assembly first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care. The theme of this historic meeting was “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”. Read the news release: UN General Assembly adopts modalities resolution for the UN High-Level Meeting on TB, 26 September 2018 The high-level meeting […]
November 21, 2018

NIOH Research Day

Written by: Shanaz Hampson and Melissa Vetten The 2018 NIOH Research Day was hosted on 30 October at the NIOH. This event aimed to provide an opportunity for emerging researchers at the NIOH to present their Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) research and demonstrate its impact on the health of workers and that of the surrounding communities. Prof Nelson Torto, the Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and Prof Koleka Mlisana, the Executive Manager of […]
October 1, 2018

World Fingal Disease Week Word Puzzle

Fungal disease 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. Fungal/mould exposure is associated with allergies, infections, neurologic and toxic effects. Some workers may be more susceptible to fungi/moulds than others. Occupational disease claims linked to fungal/mould exposure is lacking however cases of mould exposure have been investigated. It is not […]
September 28, 2018

Fungal Disease Awareness Week

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 […]