National Institute For Occupational Health
Executive Director: Dr Sophia Kisting
The functions of the NIOH are:
- Advisory services which include giving advice on establishing occupational health services at provincial, district and enterprise levels; serving on technical committees, and consultations with individuals and enterprises on hazard control and the monitoring of workers.
- Provision of walk-through surveys, ergonomic risk assessments in work places and advice on interventions.
- The provision of comprehensive training courses in the field of occupational health, safety and environment.
- Information services, including South Africa's national reference library, a toxicology query handling service and the SADC Clearing House for occupational health.
- Specialised laboratories, including Pathology, Cheistry, Toxicology and Immunology and Microbiology) and the provision of health hazard evaluations and risk assessments.
- Comprehensive Occupational Hygiene services (certified Approved Inspection Authority - AIA)
- Applied laboratory and epidemiological research.
- Surveillance of occupational disease and indicators of occupational health practice.
- Development of occupational health professionals and specialists.
- The statutory autopsy services in terms of the Occupational Diseases in Mines & Works Act (ODMWAc).
NIOH has extensive international bilateral and multilateral links that includes the World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation, UNAIDS, CDC and the World Bank, NIOSH (USA), FIOH (Finland) and a local network of links with university based health sciences units dealing with Occupational and Environmental Health, HIV, TB and other chronic diseases including mental health.