OSHAfrica 2019 Conference launch



By establishing OSHAfrica, we proudly announced to the world that Africa has come of age in occupational safety and health. We have received very positive commitments and interest from African and international occupational safety and health communities. The concept for OSHAfrica was borne from the recurring realisation that Africa was lagging behind other continents in presenting credible data and sharing its experiences on occupational health and safety at international conferences. 

Our recently established association, OSHAfrica, will be launched at our maiden conference and exhibition to be held in September 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme of the Conference is Occupational Health and Safety in Africa – Challenges and Actions. Going forward, our conferences will be held every three years and will be rotated amongst member countries.

The event will provide a forum for presentation and dialogue on:
• Occupational safety and health (OHS) in Africa – where we are and where we should be;
• Review of existing OSH legislation across the continent and identifying areas of improvement;
 Institutionalising OSH in Africa, and the role of education and collective technical support;
• Informal sector – the cumulative occupational health risks and safety interventions;
• Occupational safety and health across all sectors, including manufacturing, mining, construction, farming, oil and gas – emerging disease trends and patterns;
• Safety and health amongst healthcare workers, and outcomes for both caregivers and patients;
• Improving OSH cooperation within, and between,  African states.

In addition, other issues of burning interest may also emerge during discussions.

The Conference has an impressive line-up of international, regional and local speakers. It is supported by the Department of Labour in South Africa, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and several professional organisations. By attending the Conference, you can expect exposure to new data and information, new narratives on OSH, and reflections and critiques. You will also gain in-depth insight into some of the advances that can be made in the key elements of OSH.

The Conference will be accredited for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points from various accreditation bodies in the sector.

The OSHAfrica 2019 Conference will be held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa during  18-20 September 2019. There will be pre-Conference workplace visits on 17 September 2019. To register or exhibit, and to book your travel and accommodation, please visit: http://www.oshafrica2019.com/.

Helga Swart
OSHAfrica local secretariat: Media
e-mail: helgas@foundation.co.za


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