Topical Issues

October 21, 2010

Silica Dust Exposure – Data Collection

Government Notice 66 in Government Gazette 32930 of 5 February 2010 In June 2008, the Department of Labour, amended the Occupational Exposure Control Limit for Silica in from 0,4mg/m3 to 0,1mg/m3 and required all industries handling, manufacturing and producing products that could cause exposure to silica dust to submit bi-annual reports indicating: Level of exposure to respirable silica dust Number of employees exposed Number of samples taken and analysed AIA performing the monitoring and evaluation Composition of dust Concentration of […]
October 21, 2010

A Guide For 2010 Fifa World Cup Visitors To South Africa

Introduction South Africa is putting the final touches in place for hosting one of the largest sports tournaments in the world, the 2010 FIFA World Cup from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The official matches will take place in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenburg. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is also gearing up to support public health services during this time. The NICD has a responsibility to make sure that […]
October 21, 2010

Factory Inspector Training Course

The NIOH hosted a three day course for 17 Gauteng South Department of Labour Factory Inspectors. The training was designed to improve the skills of the inspectors in determining whether companies are complying with health and safety legislation. The course was very well received and comments included “we need more of such sessions”, “the course is very much eye opening, I have appreciated it”, ‘the training covered topics more than I expected”. Day one (October 2009) Basic requirements of the […]
October 21, 2010

Nanotoxicology And Risk Assessment Of Nanomaterials As A Priority Strategic Thrust For The NIOH

The Toxicology and Biochemistry Section of the NIOH under the leadership of the NIOH has is currently setting up a Nano-toxicology Unit that will contribute to NIOH efforts to support the responsible development of the nanotechnology in South Africa. Nano-toxicology is a sub-specialty of particle toxicology and is dedicated to the study of the toxicity of nanomaterials. This unit will focus on the risk assessment of engineered nano-particles in general and their toxicity assessment in particular. Nanotechnology refers to the […]
October 21, 2010

Heart And Lungs Removal Awareness Campaign Live On Air

The Asbestos Relief Trust (ART) and Kgalagadi Relief Trust’s (KRT) heart and lung removal awareness campaign went live on air from 15-26 March 2010. The primary objective was to create awareness around the importance and the right of former miners to a post mortem examination of their cardio-respiratory organs upon death. This right is provided for under the Occupational Diseases in Mines Act. The campaign took the form of Public Service Announcements (PSA), which have been translated into different languages. […]