The South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) was established on February 11, 2010, the historic day when South Africa celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

 Saiosh is recognised as the professional body to register occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals, in South Africa, by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act, Act 67 of 2008.

 A decade later, and having registered more than 17 000 members, Saiosh is the largest OHS professional body in Africa and the leading source of information and networking opportunities within the South African OHS profession.

“Our objective is to promote and develop the professional advancement of occupational safety and health and to further the profession,” says Neels Nortjé, chief executive officer at Saiosh. “We had big plans to celebrate our 10th anniversary but, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these had to be put on hold. Saiosh had to swiftly come up with new ways to remain valuable to its members.

“We implemented a number of projects to assist our members in these trying times. We introduced a membership fee relief fund, joined the Food Forward food campaign, hosted Covid-19 webinars, established an online Covid-19 information portal and facilitated a R380 000 personal protective equipment donation to SMME contractors, this in addition to providing our normal membership services.

“Saiosh pays tribute to its members and stakeholders for their dedication, empathy and commitment, over the past 10 years, to protect the invaluable lives of workers,” says Nortjé. 

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