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Over the years, the approach and attitude of health and safety professionals has shifted in the way they manage their clients and employers. Traditionally, the role was perceived by some as pointing out shortcomings and failings, quoting relevant laws being breached and offering little in the way of support or advice on how to overcome these challenges.

With the announcement of two heavy weights to head the World Heart Federation, comes a renewed vow to combat cardiovascular disease globally; and South Africa has an important role to play.

In a highly scientific field, the smallest variation in protocol could lead to the making
of a toxic product. Good Manufacturing Practices are utilised by responsible
manufacturers to ensure the safety of their products.

October is recognised as national Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, the South African Department of Health has highlighted the importance of mental health in the workplace and supporting colleagues with mental health conditions.

Poor levels of safety at construction sites continue to place workers at
unnecessary risk. Phillip Verwey, a health and safety specialist, talks about
the impact of the revised construction regulations on business.

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has re-developed their IWMSA Recognised Waste Management Training Programme and will be launching the new curriculum in September 2015.

The professional waste management industry has been taken to the next level by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) who has launched their first NQF Level 4 accredited waste management training course in Southern Africa.

On average two construction workers die every week. The aim of the revised construction regulations is to place legal responsibilities on all key stakeholders in the construction industry to address and radically improve health and safety. Phillip Verwey, a health and safety specialist, talks about the impact of the amended regulations.

The Department of Social Development will host a Social Work Indaba from 24 - 26 March in Durban to tackle challenges facing the profession.

Does the thought of sitting in front of a PC all day bore you? If you love being outdoors a career in horticulture and landscaping could be the answer.

This year World No Tobacco Day the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA is
encouraging South Africans to quit smoking and reminding them that tobacco
use is the single most preventable cause of death globally.

17 May is World Hypertension Day and the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA is
reminding South Africans that high blood pressure puts them at risk of life-
threatening medical conditions like heart disease and stroke.

Primary school girls from nine to 12 years will be immunised against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer. This initiative will ensure that women from an early age can fight the risk of cervical cancer.

Teaching children to recycle is a big part of creating a green economy. The
Aerosol Recycling Initiative (ARI) aims to create awareness about recycling
aerosol cans through an exciting new video.

Few people know that by walking briskly for only 30 minutes five times a
week, they can increase their life expectancy and vastly reduce their chances
of developing heart disease, says the Heart and Stroke Foundation South
Africa.

The statement by statistician-general Pali Lehohla that unhappiness is the
leading cause of hypertension is not only inaccurate; it creates a dangerous
illusion for South Africans.

The skills acquired by 270 professional nurses will help the Gauteng Health department
to achieve its vision of producing a better health care workforce and enable the
province and
nation to reduce the burden of HIV and TB, as more nurses will now administer ARVs.


The leadership of the mining industry in South Africa agrees that training and skills development should be done on a regular basis to avert further disasters in that sector. Chief Executive Officers of the mining industry have met in Pretoria at the request of Mineral Energy Minister Susan Shabangu to discuss safety issues in the sector.

Biodiversity management underpins the very essence of life as we know it. Biodiversity
professionals, therefore play a significant role in conserving and managing our
ecosystems and in ensuring a sustainable future for current and future generations.

The national health amendments are an important step in addressing what many
perceive to be large-scale failings in certain health establishments where care and
access to proper healthcare services is wholly deficient.

Are you health conscious? Research shows that many South Africans are surprisingly
unaware when it comes to the state of their health, especially about common
ailments like high blood pressure, obesity that lead to heart diseases.

A new study on SA smoking is set to cause waves internationally due to its novel
research technique - and the detailed information it reveals about how smoking
increases the risk of contracting fatal diseases.

Learners in the North West area will receive access to essential health services
through the Nedbank Mobile Clinic.More than R3 million has been invested towards the
bus, which provides
optometry, dental and basic health services.

Research shows that in South Africa, the physical environment in many regions is
negatively impacting the health and wellness of residents. The CityLab project
ultimately plans to produce a handbook on how policy makers can produce healthier
urban environments.

Service excellence in the South Africa health sector is one of the aims behind the
executive leadership health programme. The initiative is expected to set the standard
for health training in South Africa.

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