TB, Occupational Illnesses Still Killing SA’s Workers

Workers in South Africa are exposed to large numbers of occupational and environmental health and safety hazards in their workplaces. This exposure can result in a multitude of adverse health outcomes including tuberculosis (TB), HIV and occupational respiratory diseases, and can precipitate or worsen noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension,work-related stress and cancer. Around the globe, many workplaces strive to prevent or manage occupational and non-occupational diseases through wellness and other programmes that help to support a healthy, safe and productive workforce.There are many workplaces in South Africa that certainly adhere to national and international best practice, but it is imperative that there is a mindset change towards greater prevention, and there is an urgent need to reduce the heavy burden of work-related diseases and related deaths in South Africa.
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