News » 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 ergonomics in South Africa. This would be a signficant step forward for ergonomics in South Africa and hopefully we will be able to put forward a strong business case for the implementation of sound ergonomics principles within South African industry.

Secondly, ESSA and the department of labour will also be running workshops for government inspectors to develop their understanding of the ergonomics principles. This, together with workshops for the various stakeholders will ensure a far greater understanding of application areas of ergonomics and signficant role it can, and should, be playing in improving not only the injury statistics but also improving productivity. Both of these workshops will be run during the course of 2012 and we will keep you posted with further updates as we make progress.