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Health and Safety

Cooling off costly high-technology

By: System Author     14th May 1999 While the technology for cooling mines is in place, the costs of operating this technology in the deeper, hotter mines of the future will become prohibitive. The use of underground water-vapour refrigeration plants for mine cooling has thus been investigated by the environmental safety and health... 

Thermo switches

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE range of increased-safety ‘e’ and flameproof ‘d’ control stations for use in hazardous areas from Legrand has been awarded certification from the South African Bureau of Standards. “An unusual feature of these ATX self-assembly control stations – designed... 

Act introduces fines

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The amended Mine Health and Safety Act has introduced a number of provisions with the intention of preventing accidents and occupational diseases, simplifying and speeding up proceedings, and providing for health and safety training. In some cases, however, the provisions are impractical,... 

Heating up testing

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The heat-exchanger test centre of the environmental safety and health programme of CSIR Mining Technology is believed to be the only facility of its kind to provide simulated underground environmental conditions for the testing of heat-transfer equipment. In response to a need in the mining... 

First batch of mine inspectors

By: System Author     14th May 1999 MINERALS and Energy minister Dr Penuell Maduna has announced the graduation of the first pupil inspectors of mines. By completing their practical and theoretical training with the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), the pupils obtained a certificate in occupational health and safety in... 

Safety lessons from UK mining

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Mining has always been an intrinsically hazardous industry where safe working has been under constant threat from the very nature of the operation, says International Mining Consultants (IMC) principal consultant: ergonomics and safety management Colin Talbot. However, despite the considerable... 

Simulated mine is a virtual hit

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The days are long gone when computerised simulators were only used to train astronauts and fighter pilots. Research and development into virtual reality (VR) created by personal computers (PCs) has indicated that simulators can be used effectively in the mining environment. VR techniques have the... 

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