Topical Issues

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 […]
June 5, 2018

Statement from ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder – World Environment Day

The NIOH joins the ILO and the international community in marking World Environment Day, placing the spotlight this year on how we can beat plastic pollution. Read the statement from ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder below: Keep our planet safe, clean and fit for work Plastic has become the workhorse of the modern economy and is found in all aspects of modern life. While providing significant benefits, the current use of plastics has many drawbacks. More than 32 per cent of […]
June 5, 2018

World Environment Day – Beat Plastic Pollution

MESSAGE FROM THE SAFETY HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY- 05 JUNE 2018 Today the United Nations together with over 100 countries celebrates World Environment Day. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations 44 years ago on 05 June 1974 to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment. World Environment Day provides an opportunity for individuals, organisations and governments to focus and take action on an environmental matter of concern. The focus this year […]
June 4, 2018

Seminar on new approaches to occupational health and safety in the informal economy and extractives industry

The seminar “Finding New Solutions to Intractable Problems: Approaches to Occupational Health & Safety in the Informal Economy, and the Extractives Industry” took place on February 20th at the National Institute of Occupational Health, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The NIOH co-hosted this event with WIEGO. The seminar was based on presentations from the editors of two special editions of the journal New Solutions: A Journal of Occupational & Environmental Health Policy. The first special edition was edited by Francie Lund […]