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Health and Safety

Mining contractor again hits the one-million mark

7th May 2004 One of South Africa’s leading mining contracting company, Cementation Mining, has reached the a million fatality-free shifts mark for the second time in less than three years. 

Safety starts at the top, says company

By: candice haase     9th May 2003 Safety must be integrated as a core business and personal value. 

New strategy to communicate safety hazards

By: candice haase     9th May 2003 With literacy levels among mineworkers reportedly at an alarmingly low rate of 7%, alternatives to communicate best practice underground have had to be devised. 

Licensee scheme open to independent consultants

9th May 2003 Occupational safety, health and environmental (SHE) risk management company, Nosa, says it trains more than 20 000 people a year. 

Safety shower and eyewash product range expanded

9th May 2003 Current legislation places greater emphasis on employee safety in the workplace. 

Hearing loss, nutrition and dust-control under investigation

By: candice haase     9th May 2003 Research body CSIR Miningtek’s Occupational Health Research Area (OH RA) focuses on two broad areas within the field of occupational health and hygiene. 

Union on Aids drugs and danger of overtime

By: candice haase     9th May 2003 The provision of antiretrovirals is only one facet that needs to be refined in the treatment and prevention of HIV/Aids among mineworkers and mining communities. 

DME reports stable fatality and injury rates

9th May 2003 Despite the slight increase in the total number of people at work on South African mines, fatality and injury rates remained constant and trailed off respectively during 2002, according to the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). 

Community involvement key to Aids strategy

By: candice haase     9th May 2003 As HIV/Aids strengthens its grip on the workforce in the mining industry, research activity and programme development for the communities surrounding the mines continue to develop at CSIR Miningtek. 

Chemicals get dust pollution under control

10th May 2002 Mpumalanga-based firm Enviroclean, in co-operation with leading water and speciality chemical treatment firm BHT, of Chloorkop, has developed a complete new range of cost-effective dust suppressants. 

Mine health and safety issues to be tackled at conference

By: candice haase     10th May 2002 Commercial law firm Brink Cohen Le Roux and Roodt and Butterworths (BCLR) will convene the Occupational Health and Safety conference that will take place in Johannesburg and Durban at the end of this month. 

Technology narrows hazard-awareness gap between workers and managers

By: candice haase     10th May 2002 The research that Chris Chow, now business development director at Atio Corporation, an information technology (IT) company, carried out five years ago when he was a health and safety consultant at a large South African Consulting House, has resulted in the development of IT applications to... 

'Grand old lady' of diamond-mining becomes latest safety millionaire

10th May 2002 De Beers’ Kimberley Mines has been awarded the NOSA and Mines’ Health and Safety Council (MHSC) “Millionaire” Award for achieving three million fatality-free shifts. 

Mine fatalities should not be par for the course

By: candice haase     10th May 2002 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is a body that prioritises the implementation of health and safety measures within the mining industry. 

Mine health and safety on the road to recovery

By: candice haase     10th May 2002 April saw the signing of a historic accord between government, labour and business, whereby they committed to prioritising the promotion of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the workplace. 

Focus on HIV/Aids and hearing protection

By: candice haase     10th May 2002 There are two main trends emerging in the area of mine health and safety in South Africa, according to marketing manager at MSA Chris van Rensburg. 

Gold giant launches Aids counterattack

10th May 2002 Using data it gathered from sexually-transmitted infection clinics last year, gold mining giant AngloGold estimates HIV prevalence levels of between 25% to 30% amongst its 44 000 South African employees, depending on the location of the operation, which reflects levels similar to the range of... 

Fatalities and injury rates decreasing

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

System to locate miners soon

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

Project into lowering vibrations under way

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

Still room for improvement

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

Properly chlorinated water can reduce hazard of disease

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

Making sure regulations are implemented

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

New safety company has 15% market-share

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

New era in SA mining safety

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Mine Health & Safety Council Awards 

‘Radical’ culture change needed

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Health and Safety Awards 

R50m budgeted for safety committee

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Health & Safety Awards 

Aids, hearing loss raise concern

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Health & Safety Awards 

Negligence derails mine safety

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Although substantial research is being done on safety in mines by the Safety in Mines Advisory and Research Committee (Simrac), many accidents occurring in South African mines are due to negligence, reports Department of Minerals and Energy deputy director-general and chief inspector of mines... 

Safety training is ailing

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Safety, health and environmental-issue management and awareness in South Africa’s mining industry compare well with the rest of the world, reports National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) mining-operations manager Bryan Keague. “We certainly do not need to stand back for the... 

New formula a pillar of strength

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A new formula to determine coal-pillar strength has been developed by rock-engi- neering and methane consultant Itasca Africa of Ormonde, Gauteng. Research into the strength of coal pillars was triggered by the Coalbrook disaster in 1960 in South Africa in which more than 400 people were killed... 

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