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July 2017 Presidents Newsletter
14 July 2017
Please click here for the July 2017 Presidents Newsletter
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13th ESSA 2017 CONFERENCE
14 July 2017
The 13th ESSA Conference will be held in Johannesburg from the 13-15 September 2017. Please visit the Conference page for more information.
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Department of Labour - Draft Ergonomic Regulations
1 February 2017
The draft Ergonomic Regulations are out for public comment http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/40578_rg10686_gon64.pdf. If you are interested in commenting, you have 90 days from the 27 January 2017. You can also copy the President of ESSA who will be submitting consolidated comments from the society.
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IEA 2018 Congress
16 November 2016
Visit the IEA Congress website for the 2018 event in Florence, Italy.
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ESSA Conference 2016
19 April 2016
***NEWSFLASH*** The ESSA Conference programme is now available   Please click on this link for more information: ESSA Conference Programme 2016
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ESSA Conference 2016
29 February 2016
The ESSA Conference Programme is now available.   Click here for the ESSA Conference Programme   The next Ergonomics Society of South Africa Conference will be held at Steenberg Estate, Cape Town, South Africa from the 29-30 August 2016.   The conference objective is to provide a national and international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of human factors and ergonomics. This will be accomplished through the following: keynote presentations and paper presentations. The theme of the conference is
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**PAB Certification forms now available**
10 September 2015
If you would like to register as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and Certified Ergonomist Associate (CEA), please visit the CERTIFICATION page and complete the application form.
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ESSA Quarterly Newsletter
8 May 2015
Dear ESSA Members,   We would like to initiate a Quarterly Newsletter show casing YOUR achievements and activities with respect to Ergonomics in South Africa. We would like to encourage all academics, private consultancies and those working directly in the Ergonomics field to participate and share with us your news, highlights, exciting projects etc.   If you would like to participate, please can you forward your contribution to ergonomicssa@gmail.com by the end of May.   Thank you for your time & we look forward to hearing from you!
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ESSA Presidents newsletter
8 May 2015
Please visit the newsletter page for our latest ESSA Presidents newsletter
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2015 Membership
8 May 2015
Please renew your ESSA membership for 2015. Visit the membership page on our website for the 2015 fees.
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New ESSA Committee 2015-2018
25 February 2015
Please welcome the New ESSA Committee for 2015 - 2018:   President: Prof Andrew Thatcher Vice President: Jessica Hutchings Secretary/Treasurer: Jono Davy Communication: Sally Lombaert Membership: Sma Ngcamu Events: Prof Simeon Davies
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*New Info* APPLY NOW FOR CERTIFICATION
25 February 2015
Please note you can now apply to be a Registered Ergonomist. Visit our Certification Page to find the application form and more info.
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ESSA Workshop & AGM Programme 26 November 2014
11 November 2014
Please note if you havent booked yet, we have extended the booking deadline to the 17th November. Please make sure you have paid and booked by then.
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ESSA Workshop & AGM Programme 26 November 2014
21 October 2014
ESSA Workshop & AGM PROGRAMME   08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Tea/Coffee   1.)  09:00 – 09:45: Andrew Todd, ESSA President, Rhodes University Topic: Welcome and an update on the Ergonomics Society of South Africa   2.)  09:45 – 10:30: Bulelwa Huna, Deputy Director: Occupational Health and Hygiene, Department of Labour Topic: The Department of Labour and the proposed Ergonomics Regulations   10:30 – 11:00 Tea Break   3.)  11:00 – 11:45: Prof. Matthias Goebel, Professional Affairs Board Chair, Rhodes
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ESSA AGM & Workshop 26 November
8 October 2014
Please join us in November 2014 for an ESSA workshop & AGM with invited speakers.   Date: 26 November 2014.  Venue: Wits Club, University of the Witwatersrand, Parktown, Johannesburg. Time: 08:30 – 09:00 Registration. Closing 16:30 followed by light refreshments. Costs: R750.00 per person.  Booking Deadline: 17 November 2014.   Banking details: Ergonomics Society of South Africa First National Bank, Grahamstown Branch Code: 210717 Account No: 55850007079 Please send proof of payment & your surname to ergonomicssa@gmail.com RSVP &
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ESA Journal
11 August 2014
Dear ESSA Members,   If you are a paid up ESSA member you are entitled to receive our very own ESA Journal. We have not had all our members update their details on our website so please if you have not received a Journal to please contact us on ergonomicssa@gmail.com   Thanks, ESSA
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ESSA AGM 26 November 2014 Johannesburg
8 August 2014
The Annual General Meeting will take place in Johannesburg on the 26th November 2014.  Please watch this space for further details.   The AGM will be in the afternoon and will be preceded by guest speakers.   Regards, ESSA Committee
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ESSA August Newsletter
8 August 2014
Ergonomics Society of South Africa (ESSA) E-mail: ergonomicssa@gmail.com http://www.ergonomicssa.com                                  ESSA Update: August 2014 Newsletter   Dear ESSA Members,   We, the ESSA committee, must firstly apologise for the poor communication over the last year, but I can assure you that we have been very busy in the background working on a variety of important initiatives. I would like to use
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ESSA Update
8 August 2014
Please contact us for the latest ESSA Newsletter if you have not received it. Also please send us your email address if it has changed.
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ESSA Members update details
5 March 2014
If you would like to be a member of the Ergonomics Society of South (ESSA) please send us an email (ergonomicssa@gmail.com) or join on the website so that you can receive emails and news. If your email address has changed, please send us your updated information.  
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The First South African symposium on Human Factors in Aviation
28 November 2013 - 28 January 2014
The First South African symposium on Human Factors in Aviation will be held over 3 days with four international keynote speakers and nearly forty academic and practitioner papers.   The Aeromedical Psychology Forum will also be launched at this symposium.   For a copy of the latest version of the symposium schedule (and to register), please visit the website http://www.atns.co.za/symposium-human-factors-in-aviation    Details: The symposium will be hosted from 28-30 January 2014 at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg.
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ESSA on Power FM
5 November - 5 December 2013
Jessica Hutchings, the Secretary of the ESSA Committee recently gave a talk on the radio station Power FM.  Eusebius Mackaiser the presenter of the regular Thusday show on Careers interviewed Jessica about Ergonomics, what it is and how it applies to the workplace etc.     This was a great opportunity for ESSA on a very popular radio station. To listen to the podcast click on the link below. https://soundcloud.com/powerfm987/careers-corner-eusebius-takes
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ESSA and the Department of Labour
24 October - 24 November 2013
ESSA is delighted to announce that it is working with the Department of Labour to incorporate Ergonomics into South African legislation.     This is exciting news as the committee of Ergonomists, including the ESSA Chairman is working closely with the DOL to improve the Occupational Health and Safety Act to ensure Ergonomics is recognised.   We will keep you posted...
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ESSA Strategic Session
24 October - 24 November 2013
On the 12 September 2013 selected ESSA members were invited to attend an ESSA strategic session to pave the way forward for the Society. Ergonomics is growing within South Africa and there was a need to review where ESSA should be going, what is the mandate of the Society and what should ESSA be doing to promote Ergonomics in South Africa. ESSA is going to shortly implement a Certification process in order to ensure the quality of Ergonomics work in South Africa. ESSA is also currently working with the Department of Labour to incorporate Ergonomics into the Occupational Health and Safety
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IEA Triennial Report - 2009-2011
23 February 2012
Dear ESSA Members   The outgoing IEA president, Andy Imada recently released the IEA triennial report for the three years that his executive have been in charge of the IEA. In this report are the highlights of the 2009-2011 period and other relevant information. I have attached a copy of this report here for the ESSA members to read at their own leisure.   For those that don't know, as a member of ESSA (who is a federated society of the IEA) you are a member of the International Ergonomics Association and consequently have a voice in the running of the association and in guiding
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Future of Ergonomics - White paper
22 February - 22 March 2012
The Future of Ergonomics A strategy for human factors/ ergonomics: developing the discipline and profession The paper above with Jan Dul as the first author has been released by the IEA as its guiding document for the upcoming years. It is therefore an important document and I encourage as many of you as possible to read it. The authors have also asked for comments, both positive and negative, on the paper which should be sent to the editors of the Ergonomics Journal which has published the paper.   As such I have attached a copy of the paper for you to look at. Future of Ergonomics
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IEA 2012
12 February - 16 February 2012
IEA 2012 The 18th Congress of Ergonomics, 12-16 February 2012, Recife, Brazil. The IEA 2012 Organizers cordially invite all interested in ergonomics and human factors or working in any related area of interest to propose a presentation. This invitation includes practitioners and students as well to present their findings. Congress Deadlines Deadline for paper submission (scientific research and technical case study paper) Deadline to submit abstract(s) 15 April 2011 Notification of acceptance 30 June 2011 Deadline for full paper(s) submission 31 August 2011
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NIOH meeting for development of Human Resources
11 February - 20 February 2012
Purpose of the meeting: The purpose of the recent meeting hosted by the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) was to discuss what Human Resources are needed for the Department of Health, in particular in terms of the development of the National Health Insurance (NHI).   A key area of concern that was to be addressed was that although primary health care was addressed in terms of medical practitioners, other health care practitioners were not considered in the government’s plan to build its human resources needed for effective health care in South Africa. Consequently,
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IEA Congress, Recife Blog
10 February - 18 February 2012
Monday 20th February - IEA Congress summary Sorry for the blog stopping, but with the arrival of all the delegates for the congress the internet access become so slow that it was impossible to upload any stories without it timing out. So I will give you a summary of the conference in stead which will hopefully give you some insights into the trends running in ergonomics currently. Trend one: Musculoskeletal disorders: From the conference it is clear that musculoskeletal disorders remain a considerable problem throughout the world and not just in industrially developing regions. Paul Kuijer
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IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
11 January - 11 April 2012
IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics:   The applications for the IEA/Liberty Mutual medal in occupational safety and ergonomics are open. The application form says the following in terms of the award: "Through this prestigious award, the IEA seeks to recognize outstanding original research leading to the reduction or mitigation of work-related injuries. The main criteria include significant advancement of theory and understanding, innovation and development of new directions or approaches. The award recipient will receive a prize of $10,000." This is a
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ESSA spreading the ergonomics word
4 January - 4 April 2012
The ESSA committee has worked hard over the last couple of years to try and establish a better understanding of ergonomics within the various groups of stakeholders within South African industry and we appear to be making inroads. 2012 is turning out to be a very busy year for the society, and below are just some of the highlights in terms of the conferences/workshops the society has or is attending this year to spread the word about the impact that sound ergonomics principles can have on both injury rates and produvtivity. The department of labour international conference on Occupational
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Department of Labour and Ergonomics update
4 January - 4 June 2012
As you may be aware during March the ESSA chairman, Andrew Todd, attended the department of labour international conference on occupational health and safety with the theme of a 'road to zero injuries and diseases'. It is particularly exciting to see that we are making progess with the department of labour and the establishing of a working relationship between the Ergonomics society and the department. Firstly the department of labour has asked for ESSA's assistance in putting a proposal together for the advisory board encouraging them to establish a technical committee for the development of
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Human Factors in Aviation
2 January - 22 December 2012
Human Factors and Safety in Aviation   Professor Andrew Thatcher from Wits University is involved with research into human factors and safety in the South African Aviation industry. In a very exciting development (for which Andrew needs to be congratulated), a symposium on human factors and safety in aviation is being put together. The symposium is being supported by the Aviation Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) and three international speakers have already been confirmed. The symposium will be on the 27-31 January 2014 and Andrew has asked us to get ESSA members involved in the
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Ergonomics Student organises TEDx event
1 January - 16 October 2012
Ergonomics MSc student organizes TEDx event   Tyron Louw a MSc student in the Human Kinetics and Ergonomics department at Rhodes University recently organized a TEDx event hosted at the Box Theatre at Rhodes. TEDx is an independently organized TED event, which is all about the sharing of ideas relating to Technology, Entertainment, Education and Design.  Tyron was the curator of the event and he was able to put together an amazing group of 16 speakers for the event from an eclectic mix of backgrounds from academics to political commentators. Some of the themes for the day included
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Study opportunities in Brazil
1 January - 28 December 2012
Scholarships for studing in ergonomics in Brazil Following a recent trip to the ABERGO and ULAERGO conference in Rio, Brazil the following opportunities for study have been extended to us in South Africa: Below is the announcement of scholarships for Masters and Doctorate in Brazil by the National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq). DEADLINE: 10/15/2012 Here is the link with all the information CNPq in
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Department of Labour Workshop
1 January - 20 November 2012
Department of Labour Ergonomics Workshop The Ergonomics Society of South Africa recently hosted a very successful workshop with the occupational health and safety inspectors from the South African department of labour. At the end of July 30 inspectors from around the country were hosted by the department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics at Rhodes University for a two day workshop on ergonomics.   This workshop stems from the relationship that the society has built with the department of labour over the last two years. In February, ESSA Chairman, Andrew Todd presented at the departments
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ESSA Secretary on RSG
1 January - 10 November 2012
ESSA Secretary on RSG   Last week, as part of ESSA's programme to promote an awareness of Ergonomics around South Africa, Jessica Hutchings (The ESSA Secretary) appeared on RSG radio. For those that can speak Afrikaans here is a clip of the radio interview: ESSA Secretary Interview ESSA believes that such interviews are an important part of growing the profession in South Africa, as informing the general public about Ergonomics can only have a positive impact on their perceptions. ESSA would like to thank Jessica for taking the time out to participate in this interview. Hopefully we
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