About us

Occupational Health Southern Africa is the only dedicated journal for the occupational health disciplines in southern Africa.


To provide a platform for scholarly engagement between both emerging and established occupational health professionals through the publication of high quality peer-reviewed research articles, opinions, reports, news and related matters, and to nurture novice researchers through the writing and publication processes.


To become an internationally recognised journal that advances knowledge through scholarly engagement among occupational health professionals on issues of occupational health importance across the African continent and beyond.

Official journal

Occupational Health Southern Africa is the official journal of the following four professional societies:

  • The South African Society of Occupational Medicine (members are occupational health doctors and doctors in industry)
  • The South African Society of Occupational Health Nursing Practitioners (members are occupational health nurses)
  • The Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (members are occupational hygienists)
  • The Mine Medical Professionals' Association (members are doctors and other health care professionals working in or interested in the mining industry)

Established in 1995, it has since grown steadily in terms of its content, readership and marketing. It is distributed to all society members, as one of their membership benefits. The journal's objective is to keep occupational health practitioners current with the latest research, especially African research. The journal is accredited by the Department of Education, and articles are peer-reviewed before publication. Occupational Health Southern Africa is published alternate monthly (six issues per annum) and offers good value for the subscription cost.

Editorial focus

The focus is on occupational medicine, nursing and hygiene, as well as primary health care at the workplace, safety and other employee health benefits. Each issue contains articles with special relevance to a particular industry or service sector or theme. For South African workplace legislation, such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Mine Health and Safety Act, Compensation of Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Employment Equity Act, aims to protect and promote the health of people at work. Employers are held accountable for compliance with such legislation, and so need to be well informed about it. Since every issue of this journal contains specialist advice on the application of legislation in specific contexts, it is relevant to managers, human resource consultants and the whole occupational health team. The journal's broad focus also makes it an attractive and useful publication to display in organisations' meeting rooms or circulate to employees who are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of people at work.

Primary health care at the workplace is included in editorial coverage because many of the target health practitioners are located in a clinic or medical centre on companies' premises or in the public sector. Drugs, first aid services, medical supplies, safety equipment including personal protective equipment, and environmental monitoring equipment are purchased by these companies. In addition, many of these services are provided by mine hospitals and the doctors working there also form part of our subscriber base.


Occupational Health Southern Africa offers health care marketers an effective vehicle to address a high quality, niched database of professionals. All members of the professional occupational health practitioner societies in southern Africa pay a membership fee which includes a subscription to receive the journal. Other professionals, who do not belong to the societies, can subscribe to the journal. The non-Society member readership consists of audiologists, biokineticists, industrial psychologists, human resources personnel, occupational safety managers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and scientists working in occupational health related fields. The circulation of 2000 (excluding pass-along readership) is ABC audited.

Editorial Board

Each Society appoints two members to serve on the Editorial Board. The Board meets at least three times during the year. Members serve to communicate between the Board and the relevant Society, develop, advise and approve policies, procedures and guidelines, advise on the content of the Journal, have an oversight function, assist in sourcing material and promote the Journal. The current members are:

Michelle Bester, M Nursing: Tshwane University of Technology, SA. Affiliations: Bombela Operating Company, SA; SASOHN member
Babusiswe Thandi Evan Kumalo, M Tech Nursing Science: Durban University of Technology, SA. Affiliations: Durban University of Technology; SASOHN member

Cas Badenhorst, PhD (Occupational Hygiene): North-West University, SA. Affiliations: Anglo American SA; North-West University, SA; SAIOH member
Johan du Plessis, PhD (Occupational Hygiene): North-West University, SA. Affiliations: North-West University, SA; SAIOH member

Daan Kocks, MD: Medical University of Southern Africa, SA; FCPHM (Occ Med): CMSA, SA. Affiliations: Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, SA; SASOM member
Spo Kgalamono, FCPHM (Occ Med): CMSA, SA. Affiliations: National Institute for Occupational Health, SA; University of the Witwatersrand, SA; SASOM member

Vusumuzi Nhlapo, DOccMed: RCP, London, UK. Affiliations: Discovery Health, SA; MMPA member
Jim Philips, PhD, Leeds, UK. Affiliations: National Institute for Occupational Health, SA; University of the Witwatersrand, SA; MMPA member

Editor-in-Chief: Gill Nelson, PhD (Occupational Health): University of the Witwatersrand, SA. Affiliations: University of the Witwatersrand, SA; MMPA member
Assistant Editor: Ntombizodwa Ndlovu, MPhil (Biochemistry): University of Zimbabwe. Affiliation: University of the Witwatersrand, SA


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