Claire Deacon

Claire Deacon

Dr Claire Deacon, Managing Member of OCCUMED cc has practiced on the field of health and safety [H&S] since 1982.  claire deacon and associates (cd&a) commenced in 2008, trading under OCCUMED cc. cd&a is an associate of Coalition Trading 517 cc (t/a Construction Research Education and Training Enterprises (CREATE)) with Professor John Smallwood.

 Claire obtained a General Nursing Diploma at Groote Schuur Hospital and qualified in Occupational Health at the University of Stellenbosch.  She has completed various degrees: a B.Tech in Occupational Health at Peninsula Technikon; BSc Med [Honours] in Ergonomics at the University of Cape Town, and a Masters in Nursing [MCur] [by research] at the University of Port Elizabeth [UPE].  Claire was admitted to the prestigious Research Capacity Initiative [RCI] with the South African Netherlands Partnership for Alternative Development [SANPAD], which was completed February 2006 [cum laude].  She has completed a PhD Construction Management at NMMU, entitled ‘The Effect of the integration of Procurement, Design and Construction in Health and Safety’. 

Claire has received her Professional Construction H&S Agent status with the SACPCMP (CHSA 010/2013), one of the first and only woman currently.  Claire is registered with the South African Nursing Council; is a member of the local Professional Society, the Chartered Institute of Building [CIOB]; and the Ergonomics Society of South Africa [ESSA]. She is a Director of the Section 21 organization that promotes professionalism in construction health and safety, ACHASM. She has Graduate status with Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH) (UK). 

Claire has experienced the construction industry since 1995 when she was the Occupational Health advisor to Murray and Roberts (Cape).  Currently based in Gauteng, with a team covering the Eastern Cape and an office in Cape Town covering the Western Cape, Claire has developed a young, dynamic and diverse team that has experience in the many facets of the industry.  Projects are covered from sidewalks to mega projects across South Africa. 

Her present interests are research and development in Occupational Health, family, and attempting to balance work and life.  Many research papers have been presented and published nationally and internationally.