Author:sanjay-munnoo

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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Mental health affects safety!

For some time now, I’ve been wanting to write about mental health – a condition that affects so many lives Some case studies on workplace accidents that result in serious injuries or fatalities have clear signs of deliberate, self-inflicted harm. Globally, more than 300-million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability, with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety. In 2017, a survey by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) revealed that only […]

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A year in review

Saiosh experienced phenomenal growth in 2018 with the implementation of exciting projects and initiatives to improve its benefits for members. I’m happy to report on key highlights and achievements in 2018: Total membership has grown to 12 382, as at December 31, 2018. Saiosh has been the official Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Conference host at the A-OSH South Africa Expo, which is held annually at Gallagher Convention Centre, for the past eight years. This International OHS Conference is held […]

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The Economic Impact of Health and Safety

Employee health and safety in the workplace must remain a top priority. It has been a dreary and depressing few months interacting with companies that have been in the process of retrenching staff. Concerned staff, some of whom had been loyal to a company for over a decade, have to come to the realisation that they would have to find alternative work and means to support their families. Academics suggest that the financial hardship and mental stress for workers losing […]

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OHS as part of a school curriculum

Implementation of occupational health and safety (OHS) at a school level has become a passion of Sanjay Munnoo. Analysing the millions of preventable injuries that take place around the world on an annual basis is mind boggling. South Africa is no different, whether it is an injury related to work, home or travel. I’m of the view that health and safety is the responsibility of all citizens. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental […]

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