Topical Issues

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 […]
August 20, 2018

Women in mining

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” Clare Boothe Luce NIOH hosted a Women’s Month edition of their monthly Research Forum. Research Forum is a platform where members of staff at the institute debate the research they are planning or have been working on. The August Forum entitled “Women in Mining” and the […]
August 15, 2018

Hamba Kahle – remembering those that are no longer with us NIOH Remembrance Day

On 24 July 2018 the NIOH held a Remembrance Day Commemoration honouring and remembering those that are no longer with us. The primary objective of hosting such an event was to find new ways to PREVENT workplace injuries, diseases and fatalities. The event also intended to pay tribute to all those colleagues and comrades in Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) – warriors for social justice – have passed on and also to acknowledge those workers that have lost […]
June 14, 2018

Remembering a warrior for social justice

Professor Jock McCulloch, who died from asbestos cancer (mesothelioma) on 18 January this year, not only distinguished himself with his research on the impact and machinations of the asbestos industry, but was also “a great friend of the people and especially the workers of South Africa”. As such, it is incumbent on those who learned from him and know the suffering of workers to continue his work, said Dr Sophia Kisting, executive director of the National Institute for Occupational Health and […]