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Ergonomics Society of South Africa AGM Report

Date Released: Wed, 11 February 2015 09:08 +0200

  • Develop a greater understanding of Ergonomics in the South African context;
  • Improve the provision of resources for members;
  • Create meaningful partnerships with other allied professional bodies; and
  • Move toward the formalisation of certification for Ergonomic professionals.

It is clear that through hard work and dedication from the committee as well as members of the society that these ideals have been reached. ESSA has been represented at over 40 national and international conferences over the past half decade; the ESSA website has undergone an overhaul and the most recent risk assessment guidelines are available for download by members; constructive talks with the Department of Labour have not only generated a relationship with government and other stakeholders but has also given rise to the Professional Affairs Board which will manage the certification process going forward. ESSA now has strategic partnerships with the South African Qualifications Authority, and with the South African Institute of Occupational Hygiene. In addition, ErgoAfrica was formed in Tunisia in February 2014, comprising South Africa, Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria in an African society which will have significant voice at the International Ergonomics Association. Mr Andrew Todd was elected as the society’s first President.

The outgoing ESSA committee are thanked for and congratulated on their achievements.