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Health and Safety

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: Donna 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: Donna 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: Donna 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: Donna 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... 

New working at heights training academy launched in SA 

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 Occupational-risk-management services provider NOSA officially opened its thirtieth office in Southern Africa and launched its Working@Heights training academy in Centurion, last month.  

Safety procedures save lives – motivational speaker 

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 International occupational health and safety motivational speaker Theo Venter continues to urge companies and individuals to take health and safety practices and procedures seriously. 

New fall-protection planner training programme to improve safety

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 Height safety consulting and training provider Height Wise Training Academy launched its new fall-protection planner training programme in May to ensure that South Africans working at heights of 2 m or higher are safer.  

Wellness campaign promotes health

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 To ensure its staff remain healthy, logistics solutions provider Crossroads encourages employees to participate in a yearly wellness campaign.  

Company celebrates healthy workforce

21st September 2012 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air has had no new cases of HIV/Aids in its workforce since the inception of its HIV/Aids and wellness training programme ten years ago. Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus says the company had long been aware that the HIV/Aids pandemic was not something that... 

Mining sector needs more alcohol education  

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 Mining companies need to continue educating their employees about the dangers of alcohol consumption before or during work hours, as many are not aware of or do not appreciate the safety risks this might pose for themselves, their colleagues and their employers, urges alcohol testing equipment... 

Financial constraints lead to lack of health and safety training

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 There is insufficient health and safety due diligence and adherence to training, especially among small engineering companies in South Africa, states health and safety training provider, ATA International business development manager Nicole de Montille. She points out that larger engineering... 

Hazard identification campaign rolled out at shaft sinking operations

By: Joanne Taylor     16th September 2011 Communications company Unplugged Communications has rolled out its Snakes for Safety hazard identification campaign at shaft-sinking specialist Shaft Sinker’s operations across South Africa. 

Health and safety training increases

By: Joanne Taylor     16th September 2011 Companies, particularly large industrial and administrative firms, are increasingly training employees in various health and safety courses to ensure that they become compliant and maintain their compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, No 85 of 1993, says occupational health... 

Improved PPE procurement can lower costs

16th September 2011 Companies should take a more strategic and broader view of personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement and stop focusing on just item or line costs rather than the total cost, says importer and wholesaler of safety equipment and products Bramhope Investments MD Isak Marais. 

Cement giant promotes road safety

16th September 2011 Cement company Lafarge has spent the last four years actively promoting road safety in its quest to be one of the safest companies in the world. 

Soccer-themed safety training reaches more sectors

By: Joanne Taylor     16th September 2011 The soccer-related safety training programme Riski Diski is being expanded, says training company KBC Health & Safety. 

Theatre driving safety home

16th September 2011 ‘Superman goes nowhere’ is a theatrical play dedicated to safety awareness in the workplace. 

Emergency database to save more lives

By: Joanne Taylor     16th September 2011 Emergency medical response company Helivac has developed a centralised database, Helivac Assist, to enable paramedics to access comprehensive member information using a personal digital assistant, such as a Blackberry cellphone, during an emergency situation. 

New gas detector launched

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 Safety equipment manufacturer Mine Safety Supplier (MSA) Africa has introduced its latest electronic multigas detector, the ALTAIR 4X, to the South African industrial market. 

Department issues health and safety directive for mines 

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 In light of a number of fatalities taking place at mines in the North West province during the past few months, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has issued a health and safety (H&S) directive, reports multinational science and technology company DuPont. 

Multimillion-rand plan to improve enforcement, prosecutions

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 The mining industry is under intense pressure to reduce mining deaths following the Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu’s announcement of a multimillion-rand plan to improve enforcement and prosecutions.  

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