SAIOH Report - Message from the SAIOH President


Since taking up the reigns of the SAIOH presidency for 2019, I have been astounded by the amount of work and effort it takes to run of our professional organisation.

Our immediate Past President, Julie Hills, wrote along the theme of volunteering last year. In this important year for nomination and election of new Council members, the time is right to talk about Council and the work performed on behalf of our members. Council members add huge value to SAIOH through their tireless contributions to debates, and through the knowledge and experience that they bring to the Institute. The current SAIOH Council’s tenure will end on 31 December 2019, and a new Council must be elected. Three vacancies exist, which require nomination and election of new Council members. This is your professional body and your opportunity to make a difference. You are urged to seize the moment to nominate and vote for individuals who you feel will represent you as a SAIOH member. Nomination is open to all registered SAIOH members who are in good standing with the Institute. Nominees will be voted upon at the SAIOH AGM during the SAIOH Annual Conference.

In addition to the day-to-day portfolio requirements for each Council member, our councillors and office bearers frequently represent SAIOH at conferences, branch meetings, sister organisation meetings, and editorial meetings. Many of these representatives and our co-opted partners also attend technical meetings and support initiatives and development meetings with our NGO partners – such as the Department of Labour, the Department of Mineral Resources, the Minerals Council, educational facilities, SANAS, and others.

Figure 1. SAIOH Council organogram and structure


Specific examples of recent work performed include:

1. Several Professionals Certifications Committee (PCC) and management board representatives met to advance the development of a new oral assessment procedure over a two-day brainstorming session. This work will be trialled and finalised shortly by the PCC.

2. The Vice President, Norman Khoza, and our Immediate Past President, Julie Hills, spent a week in Mozambique introducing occupational hygiene principles and the role of SAIOH to representatives of the Mozambique Industry and Mining Inspectorate.

3. Our Technical Councillor, Hennie van der Westhuizen, worked hard on developing procedures to support our SAIOH awards system; along with our President, Celia Keet, and our General Manager, Deon Jansen van Vuuren, he also spent two full days revising the SAIOH QMS.

4. Kenneth Hlungwane, our 2017 President, remains co-opted to Council as the Chair of the Complaints and Ethics Committee (CEC). Kenneth has worked hard with Prof. Cas Badenhorst to revise our procedures and has spent time with external legal counsel, ­ensuring that our procedures are lawful and reliant, and will allow us to successfully implement investigations and corrective actions.

If you feel that you would like to be part of the engine that drives SAIOH and have ideas and a willingness to work hard, please ensure that you volunteer and are nominated for the elections in October. Please note that you will be required to attend four Council meetings each year, either in person or via video conferencing, depending upon your geographical location.

Look out for the mail drops calling for nominations, which will be circulated very shortly.

Figure 2. Overview of SAIOH Council portfolios



Preparations for the upcoming SAIOH Annual Conference are in full swing. This year’s Conference is to take place at the beautiful African Pride Mount Grace Hotel and Spa in the Magaliesburg. The theme, Occupational Hygiene and the 4th Industrial Revolution, has set the background to an interesting and full programme. This year’s Conference boasts two days of professional development courses from 15 to 16 October 2019, with the formal Conference days being 17 to 18 October 2019. The Conference organisation committee has received several excellent abstracts, speaking to the various sub-themes of:

• Occupational hygiene and the 4th industrial revolution;

• Technology application in occupational hygiene ­measurements and occupational hygiene data analytics;

• Workplaces of the future and associated health risks;

• Control technology;

• Impacts of technology on the occupational hygiene profession; and

• Changing legal and global frameworks.

African Pride Mount Grace Hotel and Spa is an exceptional venue, boasting some of the most beautiful sights in South Africa. Its accommodation and conferencing facilities are world-class, and the Conference committee looks forward to seeing you there. Please visit the SAIOH website for more information on registering for the Conference, and more:


Report by:
Celia Keet
SAIOH President
Julie Hills
SAIOH Immediate Past President
Kate Smart

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