Occupational Allergy Unit

Occupational Allergy Unit

Allergies in the workplace are being more commonly identified and are now a significant source of illness. Workers can develop allergies to substances they encounter in their workplace, making occupational allergies a growing concern.

A major focus of the Occupational Allergy Unit is to. The uniqueness of this service is that workplace agents relevant to the South African setting are processed and used in the case investigations to help link substances found in the workplace with workers’ symptoms.



The tests include but are not limited to:

  • Skin prick tests
  • Aeroallergens (determination of atopy)
  • Commercial occupational allergens
  • Preparation of workplace samples
  • Blood tests for specific substances
    • Specific IgE
    • Specific IgG
    • Phadiatop
  • Occupational skin disease clinic
    • Consultation with dermatologist
    • Patch tests for skin allergy (including photopatch testing)
    • Comprehensive reports
    • Factory visits

Also visit our Scope of Tests for specific agents (e.g. moulds, wood, detergents, poultry, bakery allergens, spice allergens, latex).

Contact us for work-related allergy questions.
Tel: 011 712 6424/6538
E-mail: info@nioh.ac.za