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Health and Safety

Alcohol Breathalysers

19th April 2022 Alcohol Breathalysers was established in 2004 with the aim to make reliable, affordable and accurate digital breathalysers available to ensure that all businesses and individuals can gain access to alcohol testing equipment. The company offers the widest range of alcohol testers available in... 

Focus on hygiene can contribute to health, safety

21st January 2022 Owing to high safety risks, mining is considered one of the most hazardous industries and, compared to 2020, South Africa, which has some of the deepest and oldest mines in the world, has already seen a 33% increase in mine deaths in the first half of 2021. This regression in safety has... 

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EMMA CORDER Mines that follow a suitable cleaning regime reduce the amount of air pollution, limiting the exposure for employees and residents of the surrounding communities

Mining industry leads way in Covid-19 health and safety

21st January 2022 South Africa and the rest of the world have faced formidable challenges over the last two years, caused by the Covid-19 virus, and the various variants thereof.  Law firm ENSAfrica mine and occupational health and safety executive Pieter Colyn says measures taken in the South African mining... 

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PIETER COLYN Employers are required to keep up to date with developments to combat the spread of Covid-19 and take cognisance of legislation and best practices for an outbreak

Footwear provider expands into new terrains

21st January 2022 Driven by “a commitment to high-quality products”, local footwear provider Lemaitre states that it has always been a brand committed to keeping those who build South Africa safe, noting that, for 30 years, the company “has helped build a nation”. The company last December announced the addition... 

Image of Lemaitre Raptor range
MADE FOR WORKERS, BY WORKERS Lemaitre’s Raptor range is synonymous with torsion control and keeping workers sure-footed in environments where uneven terrain is prevalent

Contractor training solutions contribute to safe mining

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety is aiming to improve health and safety in the local mining sector by managing mining contractors, says KBC Health and Safety innovation manager Natalie Pitout. “Several of these contractors are used to working under less hazardous conditions in... 

Generic image of a person learning at a desktop
ADAPTIVE, CRITICAL LEARNING Mining companies need to adapt to remain competitive, requiring employees to obtain new knowledge and skills that are conducive to ideal health and safety practices

Company stresses need for on-site mining medical services

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Mining companies that partner with professional medical consultants to provide on-site medical assistance have the confidence that medical issues are treated appropriately and quickly. This immediate treatment can help avoid unnecessary off-site referrals, treatments and prescriptions, states... 

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FLEXIBLE CLINCAL OPTIONS As mines are often located far from established healthcare facilities, having medical personnel operating on-site removes the need for employees travelling for treatment

Rising need for alcohol testing, recalibration

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Medical equipment suppliers are encouraging local miners to conduct more regular breathalyser alcohol testing at their operations, and to recalibrate breathalyser equipment that has not been used in a long time, owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, states ALCO-Safe MD Rhys Evans. “We... 

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RHYS EVANS The relationship between alcohol consumption, trauma incidents and death has been highlighted by the media and government

Training aims to enhance on-site safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 With businesses constantly evolving and adapting, safety training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety is also adapting and advancing its training solutions to ensure that it is creating value and positively impacting on its clients. Consequently, the company has created a new safety... 

KBC Health and safety COO Sian Thurtell
SIAN THURTELL Experiential training can enhance the retention of knowledge

Partnerships crucial to perfecting proximity detection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2021 Amid an increasingly digitalised and connected environment, mining customers are demanding integrated solutions in the mine health and safety space, which necessitates partnerships.  

Booyco Electronics’ CXS proximity detection system
NEARLY THERE Booyco Electronics’ CXS proximity detection system allows end-users to achieve Level 9 safety compliance

Look after the safety of your most important assets

5th November 2021 Leading driver behaviour management company DriveRisk believes that your driver is your most valuable asset on the road, and is committed to improving driver aptitude and behaviour to reduce on-road risk for fleet operators and the driver community at large.  By harnessing intelligent data and... 

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Integrated control improves safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 In an underground mining environment, there is a dire need for an integrated approach to effective dust control for improve underground health conditions. Mine ventilation and cooling company BBE Consulting tells Mining Weekly that it is imperative to identify the correct dust control system for... 

an empty underground tunnel
DUST IT UP Within an underground site, there are several sources from which dust can originate

Breathalysers safe despite Covid

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 With the onset of Covid-19, breathalyser specialist Alcohol Breathalysers was presented with the unique challenge of supplying alcohol breathalysers for workplaces and the mining industry that are safe and hygienic to use during the pandemic. The company has since developed operational techniques... 

EBS in use showing a pass alcohol breathalyser test
BREATHE EASY The company has made a major change in that it now recommends and makes use of paper straws, which are disposable, and non-alcohol steri-wipes

PGMs producer faces pandemic head-on

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has been the foremost health concern facing employees, their families and surrounding communities, says platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats). However, the company is entirely committed to ensuring safe work environments in all... 

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QUICK RESPONSE The company is entirely committed to ensuring safe work environments in all jurisdictions

Safety culture established to ensure smooth operations

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 With the importance of health and safety within an industrial and nuclear setting, Lesedi Nuclear Services (LNS) states that it establishes a world class safety culture by structuring itself in a manner that ensures that management fosters a top-down approach that is actively involved in control... 

Health, safety training increases productivity

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 Mining training company Prisma Training Solutions ensures that its customers can realise a return on investment by increasing productivity and efficiency through training. The company states that this is vital for all mining operations. Each mine and mining method offers unique risks. 

a head and shoulders shot of Prisma Training Solutions MD Jacques Farmer
JACQUES FARMER Just because mining takes place on the surface, does not mean there are fewer health and safety riska

Upgraded chairlift PLC panels increase safety

15th January 2021 Mining systems solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa in October last year successfully installed and commissioned its first, upgraded chairlift programmable logic controller (PLC) panel, which enhances the reliability of the Becker chairlift systems. The PLC, which was launched at the... 

HEALTHY PLC
The upgraded PLC is used in conjunction with Becker’s chairlift system to safely transport personnel on mines
HEALTHY PLC The upgraded PLC is used in conjunction with Becker’s chairlift system to safely transport personnel on mines

Pandemic heightens compliance awareness

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 KBC Health & Safety has identified positives that arose during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a heightened awareness of the need for up-to-date safety, health and environmental (SHE) accreditation. “Having conducted SHE and International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) assessments for... 

The capacity of classes for each course has been reduced, yet classes are offered more frequently
The capacity of classes for each course has been reduced, yet classes are offered more frequently

Community wellbeing drives sustainability strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2021 Diamond company De Beers’ holistic Building Forever sustainability framework is bearing fruit, with tangible results recorded for its health-related efforts over the last year.  

EJECTING DISEASE The company achieved a goal in 2019, called the 90/90/90 target for the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, initially set for 2020
EJECTING DISEASE The company achieved a goal in 2019, called the 90/90/90 target for the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, initially set for 2020

Remote health and safety audits gaining traction

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 The unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has fast-tracked technologies and methodologies across all sectors, especially those pertaining to mining health and safety regulations and compliance, accredited certifications provider JC Auditors compliance specialist Oliver Naidoo tells Mining... 

Company launches new range of fall arrest equipment

6th November 2020 Safety equipment supplier BOVA launched a new range of locally manufactured fall arrest equipment, in September. The new range has extended the brand from an entry-level category player into the midtier working at heights category, the company stated at the time. 

Improvements in rock engineering reduce accidents

6th November 2020 Rock-related accidents have reduced significantly in recent decades, owing to incremental improvements in rock engineering practice, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson William Joughin. He states that the company’s contribution in this field... 

Software solutions to ensure health, safety at mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Business management consultant Decision Inc. has implemented health and safety software solutions at iron-ore and manganese mines in the Northern Cape, amongst others. The company offers their hiDocs, Contractor Management, and Risk Management solutions, all of which are compatible with any... 

Covid-19 must not derail Level 9 compliance

6th November 2020 Efforts to advance safety in the mining sector through improved collision avoidance standards have been severely hampered by the Covid-19 lockdown, says electronics manufacturer Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens.  The company is playing a leading role in testing proximity detection systems... 

SAFETY FIRST
Level 9 compliance dictates that trackless mining machinery in certain environments be able to slow down and stop when detecting a potential threat
SAFETY FIRST Level 9 compliance dictates that trackless mining machinery in certain environments be able to slow down and stop when detecting a potential threat

Powder a new solution for spills

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Strict health and safety regulations in the mining industry mean that any liquid spills in workshop areas or elsewhere need to be cleaned quickly and effectively. To cater for such spills, South African manufacturer Pratley created the Gunge Spunge powder, which is “ideal” for spills, including... 

ALL DRIED UP 
In addition to absorbing spills from solid surfaces, the powder can also be used to contain oil spills in water
ALL DRIED UP In addition to absorbing spills from solid surfaces, the powder can also be used to contain oil spills in water

Declining demand breathes new life into breathalysers

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Covid-19 has resulted in reduced demand for breathalysers, as “clients immediately assumed that there would be significant danger for people using breathalysers because of the way the virus is spread”, says ALCOSafe MD Rhys Evans. Consequently, the company had to find innovative ways of... 

BLOWN AWAY 
The ALCO-blow rapid test looks like a torch or a baton with a fitted cone in the front
BLOWN AWAY The ALCO-blow rapid test looks like a torch or a baton with a fitted cone in the front

Company assists in off-site screening

By: Darren Parker     6th November 2020 Following the resumption of mine operations at the beginning of May, onboarding and compliance solutions provider KBC Health and Safety partnered with occupational health and safety services provider Workforce Healthcare to assist mining clients in improving the onboarding process for contractors... 

Covid-19 measures hinder production

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     6th November 2020 Health and safety measures at Canyon Coal mines have changed drastically since the emergence of the pandemic, and this has had an impact on production, says Canyon Coal health, safety and environment manager David Masilela. He explains that employees have had to change the way they operate and... 

Mining contractor adjusts well as Covid-19 shifts HSE goal posts

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th November 2020 Mining contractor Concor Opencast Mining has added a new layer to an already strong foundation in its health, safety and environment (HSE) strategy as the world adjusts to new operating procedures under the Covid-19 pandemic. Concor Opencast Mining HSE and training manager Niel Fourie says there... 

Stepping up safety in times of crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2020 A safety and health culture should be an enabler for all employees and stakeholders across any operation to live safely, says construction materials supplier AfriSam Group subsidiary Tanga Cement Company MD Reinhardt Swart. “We should enable our people to live the safety culture,” he tells... 

THE AFRISAM WAY
Tanga Cement has recorded millions of safe working hours over the past four years
THE AFRISAM WAY Tanga Cement has recorded millions of safe working hours over the past four years

Safer breathalyser testing developed amid pandemic

By: Halima Frost     22nd May 2020 Increased concerns over the spread of Covid-19 have spurred medical equipment supplier ALCO-Safe to develop a safer way in which to conduct breathalyser tests on workers in heavy industrial sectors. “Workers and security personnel are at risk as testing must be conducted in close proximity,” says... 

BIG BLOW
Covid-19 has caused enough problems, mining should not need to worry about testing as well
BIG BLOW Covid-19 has caused enough problems, mining should not need to worry about testing as well

Covid-19 response built on successful holistic approach

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2020 The De Beers Group’s ‘Put Safety First as our Number One Value’ way of work – driven by management and mainstreamed into the operations – has led to numerous successes in terms of the holistic health and safety of its employees, and now forms the basis of its Covid-19 response, says  De Beers... 

URISHANIE GOVENDER
De Beers developed action plans per country of operation, with preventive protocols as well as emergency response plans and restart procedures
URISHANIE GOVENDER De Beers developed action plans per country of operation, with preventive protocols as well as emergency response plans and restart procedures
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