SAIOH hosts a successful 2019 Annual Conference and AGM



Kate Smart, SAIOH Chief Administration Officer, e-mail:
Nico Potgieter, SAIOH Marketing and Liaison, e-mail:

This year’s Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH) Annual Conference was held at the beautiful African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, in Magaliesburg, 15–18 October, under the theme Occupational Hygiene and the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Conference was a big success, meeting the expectations set by the past few Conferences.

The Conference was attended by more than 165 delegates and graced by several international guest speakers. The high attendance may be attributed to the excellent programme developed by the Conference Scientific Committee. The programme included, amongst others, five Professional Development Courses (PDCs), six keynote presentations and a combined professional certification committee (PCC) workshop and mining forum.

The African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa in Magaliesburg Source: Hotel



Keynote presenters addressed the following topics:

1. Prof. Babusina Paul – University of Johannesburg (UJ): “Fourth Industrial Revolution”;

2. Dr Emmanuele Cauda – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), USA: “Real time monitoring”;

3. Ms Constance Kekana – Department of Mineral Resources: “Mining and legal framework in the fourth Industrial Revolution”;

4. Ms Bulelwa Huna – Department of Employment and Labour (DEL): “Occupational health and safety in the informal economy”;

5. Dr Barry Kistnasamy – Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases (CCOD): “Occuptional health and workers’ compensation: changing legal framework”; and

6. Prof. Johan du Plessis – North-West University (NWU): “New ­diseases in a changing workplace”.



The following PDCs were offered:

• PDC 1: Laboratory sample analysis workshop – Ms Cecilia Pretorius, CSIR Mining Cluster;

• PDC 2: Respirator and hearing protection fitment testing – Mr Jaco Combrinck, 3M;

• PDC 3: Control designs and control management – Mr Hans Thore Smedbold, Proactima, Norway;

• PDC 4: Data analytics and statistical analysis – Prof. Derk Bouwer, University of the Witwatersrand; and

• PDC 5: Real-time sampling – Dr Emmanuele Cauda, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), USA.

Let us not forget the incredible exhibitors and sponsors without whom the Conference would not have been possible. To them, we say a big thank you!



• AMS Haden – exhibitor

• Anglo Operations – sponsor

• Apex Environmental – exhibitor

 Aquaticoh – exhibitor

 Aspirata Auditing, Testing and Certification – exhibitor

• BEE Laboratory (Pty) Ltd – exhibitor

 Biograde – exhibitor and sponsor of  awards and speaker gifts

 Envirocon – exhibitor and sponsor of the Hygienist of the Year award

• HASS Industrial – exhibitor

 Nanozens and Hans Thore Smedbold – sponsors of a competition where the two winners will attend the IOHA Conference in South Korea (Oct 2020)

• Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority – exhibitor

• Mine Health and Safety Council – exhibitor

 Nanozen – sponsor of delegate bags

• Noise Clipper – exhibitor

• North-West University – exhibitor

 Schauenburg – exhibitor

 Shea Safety – exhibitor and sponsor of the keynote speaker gifts

 Sedulitas – exhibitor

• SKC Safety, Health and Environment SA – exhibitor

 Uvex Safety South Africa – exhibitor and sponsor of  delegate gifts



The prestigious Gala Dinner/Annual Awards evening held on  17 October was an extra special event, as we had the rare privilege of recognising three outstanding members of SAIOH, by awarding them Fellowship status. The Fellow Award is the highest and most prestigious award made by SAIOH, in recognition of a lifetime of exceptional professional conduct and significant contributions to the field of occupational hygiene. The honour is awarded to registered occupational hygienists who have been with SAIOH for a minimum of 20 years and who have made distinct contributions to the advancement of the profession.  Wholehearted congratulations to Mrs Julie Hills, Prof. Fritz Eloff and Mr Johann Beukes. 

As usual, a number of deserving and outstanding members received the coveted SAIOH Awards. A big congratulations to the 2019 Annual Award winners on their achievements!
Not only did SAIOH recognise the Fellows and Award winners, but special recognition was also given to SAIOH Past Presidents of the last ten years, without whom SAIOH would not be the internationally recognised professional body that it is today. Their hard work and dedication are invaluable, and this was just a small token of our appreciation.

SAIOH Past Presidents  Photograph: Rebecca Dick, SAIOH

Receiving Fellow Awards from SAIOH Vice-President, Norman Koza (L-R): Julie Hills, Deon Jansen van Vurren (on behalf of Johann Beukes), and Prof. Friz Eloff  Photograph: Rebecca Dick, SAIOH



As is customary at each SAIOH Conference, SAIOH conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was well attended. This year, the AGM included the required vote for three new Council ­members who needed to be elected onto the SAIOH National Council for the term 2020/2022. Although bittersweet, as it sees three Council members exiting, it opens the doorway for fresh, new thoughts and energy. Congratulations to Naadiya Nadasen, Moses Mokone and Deon Swanepoel on their election to Council. We are confident that you have the dedication and passion to grow SAIOH into an even greater professional organisation during your two-year term.

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