Empowerment & Networking


We aim to inspire, empower and to offer support and networking opportunities for women in the occupational health and safety industry.


Women in Health and Safety is a rising network of women, who support gender equality and encourage women to thrive in our profession. We host quarterly events with the purpose of connecting women in the occupational health and safety industry, and offer year round support through our online platform.

As woman in this profession, we understand the unique challenges and obstacles in this male-dominated industry, thus the demand for a group devoted to promoting women in the health and safety profession came about.

Our vision for WIHS is to shape a better future for women working in health and safety in South Africa. WIHS is dedicated to support, educate and promote the progression of women in the industry by providing a platform to ask, speak, connect and network.

Women in Health & Safety


Founder & Managing Director

Charné Karaolis, founder and managing director of MSHEQ Health and Safety Consultants and her all female team of industry professionals, realise that a woman can be a rare face in health and safety, more so in leadership roles. Charné also won the Standard Bank Top Woman Young Achiever Award in 2020.

Recent surveys show women consistently make up less than 30 percent of health and safety professionals, although it is an emerging profession and the number of women entering is rising, woman are still underrepresented.

Charne Karaolis

Call us today at +27 82 444 0493 or Email us at info@msheq.co.za

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