Occupational Health and Safety in Africa: Current State and the Path Forward

Thursday, May 26 | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Emerging Markets/Global IH/OH Standards of Care, Industrial Hygiene General Practice, International

Arranger: C. Hovde, Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, IL. Moderator: J. Dalhoff, NASA, Center Greenbelt, MD. Monitors: J. Dalhoff, NASA, Center Greenbelt, MD; M. Levitsky, ECOH Management Inc., Mississauga, ON, Canada.

Africa is a huge continent with extremely diverse geography, highly developed cities, vast rural areas, high levels of poverty and preventable diseases. Africa contains a rapidly developing economic industry in several areas. Occupational health, safety and environmental regulations are diverse and may not even exist. Companies operating in Africa frequently apply a standard of care consistent with their home country, and these requirements may be novel to workers in Africa. Speakers will provide examples from their experience with EHS hazards and external conditions, and will discuss where they see opportunities for success and development in the future.

African Workers, European Owner, Chinese Contractor: Managing OHS on a Construction Project in Niger. L. Svirchev, Svirchev OHS Management Systems, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Healthcare Waste Disposal in Kenya. M. Tures, St. Paul, MN.

Training Safety Assistants in Africa: One Federal Agency’s Experience. K. Bradford, Department of State, Washington, DC.

Occupational Hygiene Education, Networks and Mentorship Programs in East Africa. A. Medard, Acacia Mining Plc-North Mara Mine site, Tarime, United Republic of Tanzania. *Speaker Withdrawn* Replacement speaker will be present

OH Professional Development – Another Year Goes by in Africa. L. Renton, WESA, a BluMetric company, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Challenges in Conducting Baseline and Final Evaluation Studies of USAID Development Food Assistance Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. D. Stukel, Fanta Project, Washington, DC.