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Health and Safety

Adequate environmental management systems boost health, safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 An effective environmental management system (EMS) has to reduce the possible environmental damage caused by and the overall cost of a mine, as well as ensure that workers are safe and healthy, says mining industry consultant The MSA Group. 

Expo set to be filled with innovation

13th May 2016 There is no occupational health and safety (OHS) problem that does not have a solution at the Occupational Safety & Health Expo Africa 2016 (A-OSH EXPO 2016), says exhibitions servicing business Specialised Exhibitions event director Joshua Low. 

Expo set to be filled with innovation
Photo by Duane Daws
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA The University of South Africa centre for business management will be at the Occupational Safety & Health Expo Africa

Working Knowledge International

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th May 2016 Working Knowledge International was founded as a close corporation in August 2003, with its focus being on conducting onsite medicals for different companies. As the company grew, the decision to establish its first clinic in 2007 was taken, which was located in Benoni, in Gauteng. 

Working Knowledge International

Fatigue management prevents accidents, enhances output 

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Fatigue has to be managed throughout a mine to ensure everyone is functioning at their peak, especially when working under the hazardous conditions prevalent in the industry, to achieve optimal production results, says fatigue management specialist Predictive Safety. 

Fatigue management prevents accidents, enhances output
Predictive Safety manager Marcus Wichmann talks about the dangers of fatigue in mining and how to prevent it. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Precautionary measures highlighted by explosives regulations

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 Changes in the explosives regulations under the Mine Health and Safety Act are increasing the focus on safety through prescribed precautionary measures for explosives and blasting, states commercial law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau South Africa (SA). The changes were promulgated in July... 

Precautionary measures  highlighted by  explosives regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
REGULATORY CHANGE Additional prescribed measures in the explosives regulations cover the storage, preparation, detonation and destruction of explosives in mining methods

Chamber to continue focus on reducing mine fatalities, injuries

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) continues to focus on implementing the safety milestones agreed on at the 2014 Mine Health and Safety Tripartite Summit, held in November 2014, particularly eliminating fatalities by December 2020, reaffirms CoM safety and sustainable development head Dr Sizwe Phakathi.... 

Chamber to continue focus on  reducing mine fatalities, injuries
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MILESTONE IMPERATIVE The focus remains on reducing serious injuries in the mining industry by 20% by December 2016 and on reducing lost-time injuries by 20% from January 2017

Prevalent mining risks necessitate more protection measures, says consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 The pervasiveness of key risks to mineworker health and safety, notably silicosis and fall-of-ground incidents, underscores that much still needs to be done to protect workers, states multidisciplinary consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa (SA). SRK Consulting SA... 

Prevalent mining risks necessitate more protection measures, says consultancy
Photo by Bloomberg
PROTECTION MEASURE The mechanisation or automation of drilling and other mining operations is a solution that could reduce miners’ exposure to silica dust

Substance abuse assistance vital in mining industry, says wellness firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 While the mining industry’s awareness of the importance of substance abuse management and assistance programmes for employees is slowly increasing, there has not been a significant shift towards implementing these programmes, says specialist health and wellness company Workforce Healthcare MD Dr... 

Substance abuse assistance vital  in mining industry, says wellness firm
SUPPORT INITIATIVE Integrated substance abuse and employee assistance programmes assist employees battling with substance addictions

Sustainability centre to focus on better training

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 As mining progresses, health and safety training also has to evolve to remain relevant, says the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI). CSMI stakeholder engagement programme manager Nancy Coulson states that the mining health and safety training... 

Sustainability centre to  focus on better training
NANCY COULSON Senior mine health and safety professionals recognise training at the highest level for health and safety professionals is vital

ALCO-Safe

18th September 2015 With 43 years of industry experience, ALCO-Safe is a leading supplier of quality electronic breath alcohol detectors and accessories in South Africa. ALCO-Safe supplies drug and alcohol detecting equipment to the mining and quarrying sector as well as to other major industries within South... 

ALCO-Safe

Increasing safety focus on power assemblies necessitating compliance

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 The mining industry’s increased adoption of the latest IEC/SANS 61439 series of safety and performance regulations for low-voltage (LV) and medium-voltage (MV) power assemblies has encouraged manufacturers to revise the certification of their electrical products, states power management company... 

Increasing safety focus on power assemblies necessitating compliance
STANDARD COMPLIANT Eaton’s CX LV Power Assembly is third-party-certified in accordance with IEC 61439-2 (verification by testing)

Proximity detection systems highlighted at mining open day

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 As the mining industry increasingly requires holistic mine-safety product offerings, particularly proximity detection systems (PDSs), mine safety solutions provider Strata Worldwide highlighted several key safety solutions and held live demonstrations of its products for the local mining industry... 

Proximity detection  systems highlighted  at mining open day
PROXIMITY CONTROL The Strata PDS and collision-avoidance system HazardAvert uses an electromagnetic field to slow down or stop moving machinery near miners

Fatigue-monitoring COP welcomed  

By: Pimani Baloyi     21st May 2015 Fatigue-management advocacy company Fatigue Sharks and technology developer Prism Services have welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) code of practice (COP) on risk based fatigue management, which requires miners to compile and implement a code to monitor and take fatigue into... 

Fatigue-monitoring COP welcomed
Fatigue Sharks CEO Dr Doug Potter discusses the company’s work in creating awareness about the need for fatigue monitoring in the mining industry

SA making strides in health and safety legislation

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th May 2015 South Africa is making progress in legislating and monitoring compliance with health and safety regulations, says commercial law firm Fasken Martineau, noting that significant amendments to the Mine Health and Safety Act are currently being considered and expected to be passed by Parliament... 

SA making strides in health and safety legislation
PAUL FOUCHE Fasken Martineau advocates for ongoing training and monitoring to ensure health and safety in mining

New range launched at safety expo

15th May 2015 Safety equipment supplier MSA Africa has launched and demonstrated the workings of its new range of safety devices, the PremAire Escape compressed air emergency escape breathing device (EEBD) and the PremAire Combination Airline/Escape EEBD at this year’s Africa Occupational Safety and Health... 

New range launched at safety expo
ENHANCED SAFETY The Gravity suspension harness is a major breakthrough in fall protection

Contract for dust-control product extended

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th May 2015 Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions’ contract to supply GreenBit dust palliative – its locally produced dust-control solution – to a mining company, has been renewed for another five years. I-Cat director Anton van der Merwe tells Mining Weekly that the GreenBit dust... 

Contract for dust-control product extended
ANTON VAN DER MERWE I-Cat has made inroads in developing products for the underground mining sector

Strategies sought to implement safety beyond compliance

15th May 2015 Operational improvement consulting firm Partners in Performance (PIP) says that it is noting a trend by South African mining companies to reassess their safety strategies and safety auditing procedures, as safety is increasingly approached not only as a legislative but also as a performance... 

Strategies sought to implement safety  beyond compliance
GARETH HUCKLE Partners in Performance can assist mines find out how to drive and sustain safer behaviour

Major mining commodities show decline in worker fatalities

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th May 2015 In February this year diamond producer Namdeb Diamond Corporation was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) of tertiary education institute Polytechnic for exposing students to a real work environment under Polytechnic’s Work Integrated Learning programme. 

Major mining commodities show decline in worker fatalities
Photo by Duane Daws
DAVID MSIZA Emphasis should be placed on reducing transport-related fatalities at mines

Deepest mobile rescue winder commissioned

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th May 2015 Mining-focused rescue organisation Mines Rescue Services (MRS) is commissioning the “world’s deepest-reaching” emergency mobile rescue winder, specifically designed for MRS to accommodate the deep levels of South Africa’s mine shafts, MRS CEO Christo de Klerk tells Mining Weekly. De Klerk says... 

Deepest mobile rescue winder commissioned
HONOURED David Msiza, Christo De Klerk and Ronald Mafoko

Alcohol testing equipment gains momentum

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th May 2015 Substance abuse and specialised safety equipment supplier PSA Africa has noted increased interest from the mining industry in its Lifeloc FC5 Sentinel alcohol testing product, which was launched onto the South African market last year. PSA Africa product manager Michael Crossland tells Mining... 

Alcohol testing equipment gains momentum
HUMAN ERROR REMOVED The Lifeloc FC5 Sentinel eliminates the possibility of human error by being fully automated

Company moves closer to Sheq accreditation

By: David Oliveira     16th May 2014 South Africa-based turnkey camp accommodation construction and facilities management company African Camp Construction (AfriCamp) will be entering into the first phase of accreditation for its integrated safety, health, environmental and quality (Sheq) management system, in July 2014. AfriCamp... 

Wireless solution offers quick emergency response times

By: David Oliveira     16th May 2014 Effective underground communication is becoming increasingly important for mines, which was highlighted by the recent tragedy in February at JSE-listed Harmony Gold’s Doornkop mine on the West Rand, after a seismic event that measured 2.4 on the Richter scale caused a rockfall, resulting in the... 

Wireless solution offers quick emergency response times
Photo by Huawei
JAMES MULEBEKE Huawei’s end-to-end wireless communication solution for the mining industry will dramatically increase emergency response times

Locally manufactured filtration system helps fight silicosis 

By: David Oliveira     16th May 2014 South African air filtration company Aircure aims to launch the latest iteration of its Air MOD5 general air filtration system – featuring a boltless design that facilitates installation – next month, says Aircure owner and product developer Darren Bibby. He tells Mining Weekly that the MOD5 is... 

Locally manufactured filtration system helps fight silicosis
Aircure owner and product developer Darren Bibby discusses the company's MOD5 HEPA filtration system.

Breathalyser supplier launches improved product

By: David Oliveira     16th May 2014 South Africa-based electronic breath alcohol detectors supplier Alco-Safe has launched the improved Lion AlcoBlow Rapid Test breathalyser, which is more sensitive and provides quicker readings than previous iterations of the AlcoBlow. The Rapid Test breathalyser was adopted at diversified mining... 

Breathalyser supplier launches improved product
LION ALCOBLOW RAPID TEST Registers pressure on the nose cone of the instrument so it does not need any input from an operator to conduct a test

Mobile Sheq solution for mines

By: David Oliveira     16th May 2014 Mobile software development company Unfolding AR (Pty) Ltd, is in the process of launching its SheqScan mobile device software, which aims to increase the competency of users conducting inspections in the fields of safety, health, environment and quality (Sheq). “After years of experience in the... 

HSE Solutions

16th May 2014 Gauteng-based HSE Solutions, a division of privately owned industrial management group Sturrock and Robson, specialises in the provision of premier health and safety solutions across all sectors. HSE is the sub-Saharan Africa distributor for international personal protective equipment (PPE)... 

HSE Solutions

Snake handling for miners

By: David Oliveira     16th May 2014 Eighteen delegates from diversified mining group Exxaro recently attended two Field Guides Association of Southern Africa-approved courses, facilitated by Gauteng-based snake venom extractor and supplier African Reptiles & Venom, at Manketti Lodge, in Limpopo. The courses included the snake... 

Snake handling for miners
Photo by Mike Perry
HANDS-ON TRAINING Mike Perry shows a delegate how to handle a Mozambique spitting cobra

CCTV used to manage theft and safety on Botswana mine

By: Yolandi Booyens     17th May 2013 Security solutions provider Tyco Integrated Fire and Security has supplied a fully integrated security solution to a diamond mine, in Botswana, with closed-circuit television (CCTV) – a first in the Botswana mining industry – and access control to manage high-risk areas without the hindrance of... 

Company aims to introduce wireless gas- and flame-detection technology

By: Yolandi Booyens     17th May 2013 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa says MSA has products in development, which incorporate wireless technology devices for gas- and flame detection in mines and industrial plants and other industries, but that owing to the safety and criticality required from safety devices, they have not... 

Drug-resistant TB threat among mineworkers

By: Yolandi Booyens     17th May 2013 African mineworkers are at significant risk of becoming resistant to tuberculosis (TB) treatment, and those that are can be counted among the 650 000 cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) estimated worldwide, of which less than 10% are accessing treatment, notes Stop TB Partnership... 

Eradication of production bonuses to increase safety – 2014 

By: Yolandi Booyens     17th May 2013 Better and faster implementation of the Tripartite Action Plan on Health and Safety, negotiated in 2008 by the Chamber of Mines (CoM), unions and government through the Mine Health and Safety Council, and revised in 2011, needs to be realised for South Africa’s mining sector to become world... 

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