Author:sanjay-munnoo

Saiosh by your side

Saiosh by your side 16th Apr 2021 After numerous inquiries from training providers asking for advice on Government Gazette Notice 1463, the Saiosh Health and Safety Training Advisory Committee (SHASTAC) was established. It is providing assistance and direction to members. S ubstantial changes were made to the first aid training accreditation requirements by Notice 1463. The first notice was published in August 2017, and the period had been extended twice after efforts from Saiosh and SHASTAC. Saiosh lodged an urgent […]

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10 Reasons to renew your Saiosh membership

10 Reasons to renew your Saiosh membership 24th Feb 2021 Saiosh strengthened and improved its service offering during the Covid-19 pandemic. Membership grew considerably to 17 226 as of December 31. We are pleased to announce that there is no increase in the 2021 Saiosh membership fees. And here are 10 more reasons to renew your membership: 1. Professional RegistrationSaiosh has three professional health and safety designations that are registered with South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in terms of the […]

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A year of challenges and resilience

A year of challenges and resilience 10th Dec 2020 It has been a year of unprecedented volatility. A perfect storm of sorrow, uncertainty and disruption. Covid-19 has fast-tracked the economy and demanded of us some weighty introspection, agility and adaptability. In a remark attributed to renowned scientist Charles Darwin, it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change. The crisis has accelerated the transition to contactless work […]

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Saiosh condemns gender-based violence

Saiosh condemns gender-based violence 8th Oct 2020 During the Covid-19 lockdown, there were horrific reports about another wave … that of gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide. Sanjay Munnoo writes that although it is a global problem, it occurs at an unacceptable rate in our country According to Police Minister Bheki Cele, there were more than 87 000 cases of GBV reported during the first week of lockdown. Government will be implementing an emergency response action plan that is anchored by […]

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Empowering members

Empowering members 17th Aug 2020 Covid-19 infection rates have increased rapidly over recent weeks and we have to brace for worse to come. The impact really hits home when we talk to colleagues who have tragically lost someone because of the virus Organisations are fortunate to have stringent risk assessments and measures to combat the spread of Covid-19. Employees continue to face the risk of being infected in their communities or at work. One has to consider the extremely high […]

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Saiosh response to Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is presenting various challenges, as well as opportunities, for health and safety professionals, who are used to dealing with risk as a function of the job. The South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) and its members are playing a crucial role during these unprecedented and challenging times Covid-19 has fast-tracked the economy ahead of its time – the crisis has accelerated the transition to contactless work and automation. At the outset, Saiosh implemented a […]

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The rise of Saiosh

The year 2020 is special for Saiosh, an organisation established by dedicated industry professionals in 2010. A decade later, with more than 15 000 members, Saiosh is the only South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) certified body and the largest entity of OHS professionals in Africa To celebrate this achievement, we will hold our 10th Annual Conference at the Gallagher Convention Centre from August 18 to 19. The A-OSH Expo will commence at the same venue on the same date but […]

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Outlining Saiosh’s Code of Conduct

Professionals often face ethical dilemmas while carrying out their duties. Saiosh is governed by a constitution, a code of conduct and by disciplinary procedures The Saiosh Code of Conduct specifies conditions with which members must comply when carrying out their professional activities. Among these are that members of the Institute shall: • Owe a primary loyalty to the workforce, the community they serve and the environment they affect. • Perform according to the highest standards and ethical principles while maintaining […]

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Health and safety in the 4IR

Even with an ever-changing work environment and the introduction of new technologies, there will be a need for health and safety officers. Saiosh president SANJAY MUNNOO shares some insights During the 2019 Saiosh Conference, Thobile Lamati, director general for the Department of Employment and Labour, gave an address titled: The future of work: Shaping a human-centred workplace. In this presentation, he said: “President Cyril Ramaphosa was asked by the International Labour Organization to co-chair the Global Commission on the future […]

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Wanted: Health and safety for emerging contractors

Small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) play a vital role in developing economies because they absorb a significant part of the unemployed labour force, but they need to focus on health and safety In the South African context, SMMEs have the potential to be an engine for black economic empowerment and the reduction of poverty. The sustainability of the SMME sector can be promoted through the enhancement of the health and safety systems. The International Labour Organisation estimates that only ten […]

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