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Health and Safety

Noise-induced hearing loss worrying – CoM 

By: Yolandi Booyens     17th May 2013 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) states that it is not making the desired progress with noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), which is a major occupational health concern, as it finds that NIHL rates across the mining industry have stabilised. “As an industry, we have committed to the massive reduction... 

System helps curb illegal mining and improves safety

By: Yolandi Booyens     17th May 2013 Illegal mining is problematic across Africa, with between 20 t to 40 t of the 100 t of gold mined on the continent each year by artisanal miners, extracted through illegal means, and possibly fuelling conflict on the continent, Rand Refinery CEO Howard Craig stated at the Mining Indaba in... 

Company assisting semiliterate mineworkers to improve health and safety 

By: Yolandi Booyens     17th May 2013 Communication specialist for semiliterate audiences Jincom, says it aims to assist in improving the mining safety statistics in 2013 by educating and uplifting workers in South Africa’s mining industry. “Jincom’s communication solutions aim to improve the health and safety behaviour among workers... 

Skills shortage threatening mine safety

By: Yolandi Booyens     17th May 2013 The frequency and the duration of training in the mining industry is under pressure, owing to a declining skills base, notes information technology and solution provider Dimension Data Middle East and Africa GM Bruce Taylor. He explains that this could cause companies to rush workers through... 

Discipline of and reliance on health and safety officers vital

By: Leandi Kolver     18th May 2012 The role of discipline in the improvement of mine health and safety, as well as the role of health and safety officers and representatives upholding health and safety standards on mines are of great importance, says Johannesburg law firm Brink Cohen Le Roux director Willem le Roux. 

Programmes addressing malaria and reptile risks developed

By: Leandi Kolver     18th May 2012 New programmes addressing malaria and reptile risks on mines are currently being rolled out by occupational services provider NOSA across South Africa. 

Technology to protect miners from DPM introduced onto local market

By: Leandi Kolver     18th May 2012 Technology to protect mineworkers from the health problems associated with exposure to diesel particulate matter (DPM) is currently being introduced to the South African market by global filter manufacturer Freudenberg Filtration Technologies. 

Division launched to improve mine safety

By: Leandi Kolver     18th May 2012 To cater for clients requiring technical advice, owing to continuous poor safety performance in the mining industry, health, safety and environmental risk consultancy IRCA Global launched a dedicated mining and construction, safety technical services division this year.  

Interactive training program to tackle health and safety challenge 

By: Leandi Kolver     18th May 2012 A new 25-module interactive program aimed at promoting visual safety on mines is currently being developed by training software producer List Premier. 

United stance aimed at delivering sustainable blow to TB

18th May 2012 The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the South African mining industry is three times more than that among the rest of the public. This is why it is essential for government, organised labour, mining companies and local communities to work together in building sustainable strategies to curb TB,... 

Cam clutches meet safety requirements

18th May 2012 The Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA) states that the installation of incline conveyor belts must include the fitting and use of one or more devices to prevent run-back or run-on, preventing injury by materials or minerals falling from a conveyor belt, says engineering components supplier Bearing... 

Maturity level of middle managers a safety concern for mines 

By: Leandi Kolver     18th May 2012 Insufficient leadership training and communication skills at middle management level impacts significantly on safety in the mining industry, says consulting firm Institute for High Performance Consulting (IHPC) CEO Dr Tommie Liebenberg. 

Employers realising importance of adequate nutrition

By: Leandi Kolver     18th May 2012 Employers are demonstrating increased awareness of the importance of ensuring that employees receive adequate nutrition, as poor nutrition is constantly linked to absenteeism, sickness, low morale and a higher accident rate in the workplace, says workplace nutrition provider TRRC Nutrition MD... 

Dump truck rebuilt to improve safety

18th May 2012 Safety in the work environment remains a critical issue that must be addressed successfully, no matter what industry it is, and mining houses invest considerable resources in attempts to ensure the well-being and safety of their employees, says mining contractor Hitricon HEMC.  

Nondestructive testing used to improve mine safety

By: Leandi Kolver     18th May 2012 A range of new nondestructive testing (NDT) products, which can be used to improve mine safety, were introduced by sensing systems manufacturer GE Measurement and Control Solutions at the World Conference for Non-Destructive Testing, held in Durban in April. 

Chamber to launch R&D centre of excellence

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th May 2011 South Africa’s Chamber of Mines (CoM) says it is currently in discussions with labour and government about a research and development (R&D) centre of excellence, which will hopefully be launched in September, during a Mine Health and Safety Council Summit. 

Association under way with multimillion-rand expansion

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th May 2011 National Occupational Safety Association's (Nosa's) mining division has a multimillion-rand expansion project under way, entailing further enhancement of its auditing, consulting and training services.  

Protective equipment revenues to reach $818,1m by 2016

13th May 2011 Industry analyst Frost & Sullivan’s Southern African Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market report, released in March, states that enhanced awareness about safety in the mining and manufacturing sectors will drive the expansion of the PPE market in Southern Africa.  

Isibonelo gets DMR’s safety flag

13th May 2011 Diversified miner Anglo American’s Isibonelo colliery has been awarded the Department of Mineral Resources’ safety flag for 2010/11, which is the highest and most prestigious award given to a mine with a good safety record.  

Fall-arrest training key for safety

13th May 2011 Fall arrest training can play an important role in improving the day-to-day safety of mine workers in Africa, says height safety consulting and training provider Height Wise Training Academy.  

Culture change needed

13th May 2011 Training company KBC Health & Safety believes that a primary health and safety risk in the mining industry is the inability of mine workers to proactively identify and deal with hazards in the workplace.  

Business continuity management key

13th May 2011 The year 2010 has been a year of mixed fortune for safety in the global mining sector, says international business continuity management (BCM) services company 42 Consulting. 

Silicosis test case litigation at an advanced stage

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th May 2011 Human rights organisation the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), independent body Legal Aid South Africa and London-based law firm Leigh Day & Co are currently busy with the ongoing test case litigation for 18 former mine workers against diversified miner Anglo American South Africa. 

Company achieves significant safety milestones

13th May 2011 Mining, engineering and project management company Read, Swatman & Voigt (RSV) has achieved two safety milestones this year.  

New safety products to be launched 

By: Dimakatso Motau     13th May 2011 Mining sector safety equipment manufacturer Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), a division of South Africa MSA Company Africa, says it plans to launch four safety products later this year.  

Proactive initiatives result in OHSAS recommendation

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Engineering projects firm TWP Projects has been recommended for OHSAS 18001 certification and is awaiting certification from the international certification authority in Germany. 

Several safety 
solutions prove successful

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Global minerals exploration company Boart Longyear has achieved a total case instant rate of 1,79 and a lost time injury rate (LTIR) of 0,08, based on 200 000 work hours.  

Site-specific weather forecasting impacts on mine safety

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Weather forecast provider Weather Intelligence Systems (WIS) is providing site-specific, near-term, relevant weather forecasting to the mining industry through its WISPOP product, which enables mines to optimise production schedules and take safety precautions well in advance of inclement weather.  

Health and safety secrets shared in the industry 

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 A health and safety project from private sector employer organisation the Chamber of Mines (CoM), called the ‘MOSH (Mining Industry Occupational Health and Safety) Learning Hub’, encourages top health and safety performers in the South African industry to share their leading practices with other... 

New safety programme rewards project management company

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Mining, engineering and project management company Read, Swatman & Voigt (RSV) has been recommended for OHSAS 18001:2007 certification and recently achieved one-million fatality free shifts over ten months. 

Commitment to 
mechanisation is 
key to mine safety

14th May 2010 South African mines will need a better qualified work force to make faster progress towards a safer work environment. 

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