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Health and Safety

Cooling vest reduces industrial heat stress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 Staff exposed to hot environments, in combination with doing arduous work and wearing multi-layered protective clothing, such as firefighters, may suffer thermal physiological strain, says water jet cutting company Total Blasting, which is the South African distributing agent for Sweden-based... 

New global standard for workplace health and safety, company proves compliance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) will announce the next stage in development of its ISO 45001 health and safety standard later this month. Companies across various industries globally are required to comply with ISO standards before operation starts.  

New global standard for workplace health and safety, company  proves compliance
UP TO STANDARD Interwaste implements solutions such as fully automated shredding technology and baling machines to assist in achieving optimal workplace safety

Platform ensures more effective communication

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 With ineffective communication often affecting the level of health and safety implementation and efficiency in industries that have stringent safety requirements, software company Wyzetalk provides more effective communication for such industries.  

Platform ensures more  effective communication
CUSTOMISED ENGAGEMENT Wyzetalk can deliver content that is valuable for both the employer and the employee

Upgraded zero-tolerance device ensures safety across industries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 Alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe launched its Lion Alcoblow Rapid Test breathalyser, which has received a technology upgrade, last month. A built-in wireless transmitter now enables the device to wirelessly activate a receiver-enabled entryway, granting or denying access based on a... 

Upgraded zero-tolerance device ensures safety across industries
ACCESS DENIED Depending on the alcohol test result, Alco-Safe’s wireless transmitter technology determines whether employees or visitors are allowed access on site

Training company acquired to boost safety services

     10th February 2017 Diversified services company Workforce Holdings (Workforce) has acquired KBC Holdings and its wholly-owned subsidiary, KBC Health and Safety with effect from January 1, 2017 for a maximum purchase consideration of R47-million. KBC provides induction training, safety, health, environment and... 

Outstanding achievements earn company chemicals industry award

     10th February 2017 Imperial Logistics group company Freightmax has been awarded the Responsible Care Haulier Award by the Chemicals and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA). This annual award recognises companies in the South African chemicals industry for outstanding achievements in health and safety, resource... 

Outstanding achievements earn company chemicals  industry award
PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Freightmax operations director Shaun Barker (left) and national SHERQ manager Alvin Pillay (right) with the Responsible Care Haulier Award

Circumventing the challenges of impaired drug tests

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th February 2017 There is a need for testing methods that do not cross-react, especially when employees are HIV positive, says drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company Alco-Safe. “. . . people who are HIV positive are not obligated to disclose their HIV status, and rightly so. However, it does... 

Circumventing the challenges of impaired drug tests
INACCURATE TEST RESULTS Antiretroviral medication can affect the outcome of drug tests

SAFEHouse

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th February 2017 With South Africa having a considerable number of electrical product that are non-compliant with regulations and are potentially unsafe, the situation has prompted a formation of a non profit entity SAFEHouse Association by a group of organisations in the electrical industry with the aim of... 

SAFEHouse

Airport upgrade project sees over a million LTI-free hours achieved

     10th February 2017 Integrated firm AECOM has clocked up over a million lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free hours at the Kasane International Terminal project, where it is providing consulting and supervision services for the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana. The AECOM project team, which oversaw the achievement of... 

Airport upgrade project sees over a million  LTI-free hours achieved
MEANINGFUL ACHIEVEMENT The achievement of over a million lost-time injury free hours by AECOM allowed the team to fulfil its goal of ‘no injuries under my watch’

Arc Flash workwear passes international testing

     10th February 2017 Technology solutions to personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Dromex’s Arc Flash Protera workwear recently passed the Open Air Arc test. The test was performed by life cycle management solutions company Kinectrics, at its Arc test facility in Canada. 

Arc Flash workwear passes international testing
Photo by Bloomberg
HOT STUFF The Arc Flash Protera workwear protects against the thermal hazards of electric arc

Flooring installation wins safety award

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) Flooring was awarded its second Master Builders Association (MBA) North Safety Trophy in July for installing the flooring of petrochemicals group Sasol’s new head offices in Sandton, Johannesburg. KBAC Flooring supplied and installed Interface carpet tile. The... 

Flooring installation wins safety award
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL Every company and person working on site needs to be aware of and trained in health and safety and regulations

Drug testing ensures industry health & safety

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 With health and safety being of paramount concern across industrial sectors, owing to the high-risk working environments and frequent use of heavy machinery, employees and contractors are being subjected to alcohol and drug testing before they are allowed to enter company premises, says drug and... 

Development of mobile SHE management tool under way

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Mining consultancy The MSA Group is currently developing a mobile safety, health and environment (SHE) management toolset that integrates with a client’s existing SHE management systems.  The company explains that, at present, many small mines and exploration sites run tedious paper based systems... 

Mobile platform enhances safety across industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet currently has a number of apps and services that are used to gather information and drive awareness about safety across industries. “Technology is driving innovation . . . particularly changes in existing customer service... 

Mobile platform enhances safety across industries
APP DRIVES SAFETY AWARENESS Active citizenry, coupled with a strong purpose-built platform that brings together relevant parties, has real potential to change the status quo

PPE donated to firefighters in African countries

By: Lynne Jackson     5th February 2016 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa has partnered with nongovernmental organisation Africa Fire Mission (AFM) to donate and refurbish more than 1 100 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) to fire brigades in Southern Africa. 

PPE donated to firefighters in African countries
NAIROBI FIRE SERVICE Volunteers ready to assist the Nairobi fire service with donations and volunteers

New health and safety training courses launched

By: Lynne Jackson     5th February 2016 Health and safety training company NOSA is set to roll out two new health and safety courses launched at the end of last year. NOSA marketing, commercial and social media editor Nadia Pisanti says NOSA’s 34 training facilities across South Africa are indicative of the high demand for education... 

Gas supplier strives for OHS excellence

     5th February 2016 Gas products supplier Air Products South Africa has, over a number of years, developed a formal occupational health and safety (OHS) programme, which has proven effective, and has gained recognition in the health and safety industry. The safety programme involves not only strict adherence to... 

Gas supplier strives  for OHS excellence
SUE JANSE VAN VUUREN corporate risk manger at Air Products South Africa

Policy adherence key in avoiding negative economic impact

     5th February 2016 The failure to adhere  to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act’s obligation for employees to maintain safe environments without health risks may result in devastating economic and human costs, says the Department of Labour (DoL). To address this issue, DoL hosted a seminar on Hazardous... 

Detector system available for commercial market

By: Lynne Jackson     5th February 2016 Sole supplier of Lion detection systems Alco-Safe recently completed the testing of its Lion Detection System (DS-20), which will soon be available for commercial use. The system was tested on privately owned vehicles to resolve any issues before it is made available to the commercial market. 

Company recognised for innovation

     5th February 2016 Owing to its continuous innovation in protective gear, personal protective equipment (PPE) service provide Select (PPE) was recognised with an 2015 Southern Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Visionary Innovation Leadership last year by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.  

Stepper with improved safety features launched

     5th February 2016 Construction equipment supplier Lambson’s Hire recently launched its aluminium stepper for improved safety. Replacing a standard ladder with an aluminium stepper may seem like a small change, but it can have far-reaching advantages for users. Standing on step ladders for an extended period of... 

Stepper with improved safety features launched
ALUMINIUM STEPPER The stepper provides stability for the user

Carpeting company awarded for health and safety excellence

By: Dylan Stewart     6th February 2015 In recognition of its commitment to health and safety in the workplace, flooring company Kevin Bates Flooring and Carpeting (KBAC) received the Master Builders Association (MBA) North category award for health and safety in 2014, contracting and safety administrator Louise Ross tells Engineering... 

Occupational health, safety specialist briefs China reps on coal mining risk management

By: Dylan Stewart     6th February 2015 Occupational health, safety and environmental management specialist Nosa in December hosted a delegation of 15 people from the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), a non-Ministerial agency for the Chinese government, to facilitate a risk management training course for safety implementation... 

Maintenance solutions provider supplies Eskom with on-site rescue teams

By: Dylan Stewart     6th February 2015 State-owned power utility Eskom’s employees and on-site contractors working at height are ensured of their safety in the event of an emergency, owing to permanent on-site rescue teams stationed at Medupi power station, near Lephalale, Limpopo and Kusile power station in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. 

Maintenance solutions provider supplies Eskom with on-site rescue teams
RIDING HIGH Skyriders provides on-site rescue teams for Eskom's Medupi and Kusile power station projects

Construction firm develops edge protection system

By: Dylan Stewart     6th February 2015 Multidisciplinary construction group Liviero has designed and manufactured its own edge protection system, which not only helps to ensure the safety of all employees, subcontractors and clients, but also offers cost savings compared with imported edge protection. 

Breathalyser manufacturer to launch new system

By: Dylan Stewart     6th February 2015 South Africa-based electronic alcohol detection and drug-testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe will supply the Lion Detection System 20 (DS20) interlock system – a breathalyser attached to the starter motor of a vehicle – by the end of April says Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans. 

Breathalyser manufacturer  to launch new system
DDS2 The new drug detection system, provided exlusively to Alco-safe by Alere Toxicology, gives instant test results for six types of drugs

Media company develops new OHS training tech  

By: Dylan Stewart     6th February 2015 Multimedia production company The Boiler Room has, over the past 18 months, been developing its existing games engine that enables companies to build three-dimensional (3D) versions of their work environments for training purposes. Company MD Mark Hocker tells Engineering News that The Boiler... 

Media company develops new OHS training tech
Mark Hocker discusses the advantages of visual health and safety demonstrations. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams. Recorded 08.01.2015

New health and safety legislation to impact on construction industry

By: Dylan Stewart     6th February 2015 All construction projects costing more than R13-million ¬– which is above the Construction Industry Development Board's level six grading, or the project exceeds a duration of 180 days or 1800 person days – will, by August 6, require that the construction client applies to the Department of... 

New health and safety legislation to impact on construction industry
A GROWING INDUSTRY Though health and safety awareness and compliance is generally poor in South Africa, it is on the increase, especially among larger companies

Online training courses launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 Johannesburg-based occupational health, safety and environmental (HSE) risk-management company NOSA has recently launched an HSE e-learning course that focuses on the mining industry, namely SAMTRAC for Mining, which complements the general industry course launched in May last year. 

Online training courses launched
E-LEARNING SAMTRAC has been NOSA’s flagship training product since the 1960s

Health and safety regulations boost strip curtain sales

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 Modderfontein-based Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has announced that all its products earmarked for use in the food and beverage industry are now compliant with the latest international food safety system. 

Health and safety  regulations boost strip  curtain sales
IMPROVING SAFETY Strip curtains can assist with safety, health, environment and quality compliance in industrial applications

Remote-timed switch reduces accident risk

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 A remote switch with a timer function can assist in mitigating the risk of ordinary users being accidentally electrocuted because they are not familiar with complex electrical systems, says Midrand-based technology innovation company Sagifon. 

Remote-timed switch reduces accident risk
SIMPLIFICATION All timer and on/off programming is performed through using the compact remote control transmitter

Mobile training and road safety initiative launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 Construction industry representative association Master Builders Association (MBA) North launched the September for Safety road safety campaign this month to promote the safe use of vehicles regarding construction procedures when transporting either personnel or materials, on-site or off-site. 

Mobile training and road  safety initiative launched
DOUG MICHELL If we manage to control vehicle collisions, we could reduce industry accidents by about 50%

Dangers of lead in paint highlighted

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 The South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) is focusing on eliminating hazardous lead content in paint.  Sapma executive director Deryck Spence says lead is commonly used in paint production as a facilitator of quick-drying paint, to prevent rust in industrial applications and as a... 

Construction sector sees hike in road accidents

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 South African road accidents in the construction sector are increasing, according to insurance company Federated Employers Mutual (FEM) MD Thelma Pugh and industry body Master Builders Association North (MBA North) construction health and safety manager Doug Michell. FEM, which deals with medical... 

Construction sector sees hike in road accidents
Photo by Duane Daws
ROAD SAFETY CONCERN The Master Builders Association North is questioning the mindset and culture in South Africa that makes it acceptable to have so many road incidents

Health and safety compliance awareness needed

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 Health and safety compliance awareness and training and personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions are clearly needed by South African companies, local health and safety company Safety Solutions Africa tells Engineering News. This is evident from the feedback the company received from... 

No LTIs at treatment plants for three years

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 Aveng Group’s operating group, Aveng Water, tells Engineering News that two of its plants have been operating for three years without a lost-time injury (LTI). This covers the operation and maintenance teams at the Erongo Desalination Plant (EDP), in Namibia, and the Optimum Coal Water... 

Marine vessel repair comany adopts TRIR

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 Turnkey ship repair solutions provider DCD Marine Cape Town adopted the total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) in January to identify minor health and safety issues, which pre-empts them becoming serious incidents, as the company strives for a zero incident rate. Marine vessel repairs and... 

Computerised health and safety training proving successful in SA

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 Computer software designed specifically for health and safety training in various real-life environments is suitable for any industry and is achieving positive results in South Africa and worldwide, video and multimedia production company The Boiler Room tells Engineering News. “The company has... 

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