Author:neels

Beware of bogus safety bodies

A legitimate professional body can assist its members in advancing their careers while protecting the public from misconduct. Saiosh CEO NEELS NORTJE provides some insight into separating the legitimate professional bodies from the bogus ones Professional registration for occupational health and safety (OHS) practitioners is relatively new when compared to other recognised professions in South Africa. There are currently more than 100 recognised professional bodies in South Africa that register and declare persons competent to practise in various occupational fields. […]

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Maintaining professional competence

Neels Nortjé, chief executive officer of the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh), explains why it is important to pursue continuing professional development in the health and safety field Continuing professional development (CPD) refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that a professionally registered person gains beyond initial training – whether formally or informally – while practising. It’s a record of what a professional person experiences, learns and then applies in […]

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A proud history

Saiosh CEO, Neels Nortje, takes us down memory lane and chronicles the history of Occupational Health and Safety in South Africa. Although there was a “duty to care” in terms of common law as well as some safety regulations prior to 1941, South Africa’s first formal occupational safety legislation was the Factories, Machinery and Building Work Act, 1941 (Act no. 22 of 1941). This Act placed duties and responsibilities on users of machinery, occupiers of factories as well as builders. […]

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