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Health and Safety

Factory operations streamlined

By: vanessa vasques     29th November 2002 The past two years have a seen a number of changes to the manner in which ECR Manufacturing (the refrigeration equipment factory of Carrier South Africa (SA)) has been run and operating, and plans are in place to further streamline the factory’s operations next year. 

Small business shows resistance to technology

By: Deborah Spicer     29th November 2002 A study to measure the rate at which South Africans adopt new technology has shown that there is a significant difference between small and large businesses’ acceptance of new technologies. 

New device to stump computer thieves

29th November 2002 Local computer company Jet High Computer Systems has designed and developed the Compushield, an anti-theft device. 

Sustainability reporting becoming mainstream

28th November 2002 There is a marked improvement in the number of top South African companies that have reported on their non-financial performance, says professional services firm KPMG in its latest sustainability report released this week. 

World Bank MD slams SA AIDS policy

25th November 2002 World Bank MD, Mamphele Ramphele, said last week South Africa's response to the AIDS pandemic was a tragedy and would rob the country of its international credibility. 

UN calls for grassroots action on African food crisis

25th November 2002 With 38-million Africans threatened by famine, ordinary people around the world must step in to prevent millions of deaths as normal aid channels dry up, the World Food Programme said last week. 

LPGas body to develop safety rules

22nd November 2002 The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association will, in consultation with the industry, develop national safety standards for LPGas, in terms of a memorandum of understanding signed this week. 

Africa bloc wants to produce AIDS drugs

18th November 2002 Africa's major free trade bloc has applied to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for the right to manufacture cheap AIDS drugs, saying the deadly disease was the biggest threat to regional economic development, the group's secretary general said last week. 

Water utility in big capex roll-out

By: Deborah Spicer     15th November 2002 Infrastructure expenditure at water utility Rand Water is expected to peak in two years. 

Poisoning minds with toxicity misinformation

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th November 2002 A few times lately I have talked about toxic effects, or pollutants in water, or pollutants elsewhere, and also I have mentioned how public involvement in these concepts can lead to confusion, and in the worst cases to crazy implementation of policies and procedures. 

US holds Agoa up as model

15th November 2002 US Secretary of Commerce, Don Evans, yesterday praised the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) as an "economic model" to encourage new investments, jobs and trade. 

Optical fibre improves security monitoring

By: Karel Smrcka     15th November 2002 A new security system based on optical fibre measurement technology has been developed by Fortum Power and Heat Oy technology centre. 

World Cup 2003: It's not just cricket

By: Deborah Spicer     11th November 2002 In February and March, spectators from around the world will file into South African, Zimbabwean and Kenyan cricket venues to support their teams’ attempts to win the much-coveted title of International Cricket Council World Cup holder. 

Survey reveals lack of corporate information security

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 As corporate governance becomes a requirement in the wake of the Enron and Worldcom scandals, information risk management should be a function that is controlled at a higher level. 

Polygraph-testing industry growing

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 As the Christmas season approaches, the polygraph testing industry is witnessing the usual surge in demand for its specialised services. 

SA company achieves Tapa accreditation

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 In September, the South African division of global logistics company Exel received accreditation from the Technology Asset Protection Association (Tapa). 

Importers and exporters yet to consider the threat of container tampering

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 Monitoring the movement of cargo, coupled with security sealing technology is a development that is being undertaken by manufacturer and supplier of security sealing systems Aluvin Securiseal. 

Security industry faces change under new Act

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 The South African security industry has been tainted by about 1 300 malpractice cases against security companies, where security companies are underpaying guards and not complying with other provisions of the new Private Security Regulatory Act, says Security Association of South Africa (Sasa)... 

Diamond giant develops new scanning system

8th November 2002 Scannex is a new solution for detecting a wide range of contraband, no matter where they are concealed on or in the body. 

Tracking technology growing rapidly

8th November 2002 The evolution of wireless communications technology has brought about a revolution in the wireless tracking field. 

UN adviser blasts rich for breaking malaria vow

6th November 2002 More than two years after African leaders and western donors pledged to halve the number of deaths from malaria, the disease remains one of Africa's top killers, UN special adviser Jeffrey Sachs said on Monday. 

World’s top ten health risks identified

5th November 2002 The World Health Report 2002, representing one of the largest research projects ever undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO), has identified the top ten health risks, globally and regionally, in terms of the burden of disease they cause. 

Pressure to review amendments to GMO law

By: Deborah Spicer     1st November 2002 The Act governing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is likely to be reviewed due to pressure from parliament’s portfolio committee groups, as well as a drive to become compliant with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. 

Zero-harm policy at aluminium construction sites

By: Zonika Botha     1st November 2002 As construction continues to progress at BHP Billiton’s Mozal and Hillside aluminium expansion projects, the company has sharpened its focus on critical health and safety issues by introducing a ‘Zero Harm’ policy at the Mozambican and Richards Bay operations. 

German safety mark for abrasives producer

1st November 2002 A South African abrasives company has been afforded the right to use a special safety seal after stringent product testing in Germany. 

Accidents intensify LPG safety drive

By: Zonika Botha     1st November 2002 About 282 000 kg of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is sold each year in Southern Africa in cylinders ranging in size from 1,4 kg to bulk deliveries. 

Firm mulls R50m sterilisation lab investment

By: Deborah Spicer     25th October 2002 The South African subsidiary of the third-largest sterilisation company in the world is investigating whether to set up an on-site laboratory for sterilisation testing. 

Small firms among excellence-awards entrants

By: Deborah Spicer     25th October 2002 South Africa’s most competitive companies will be announced at a South African Excellence Foundation ceremony to be held next month. 

Container tampering cut at the City Deep terminal

18th October 2002 One of South Africa’s largest distributors and manufacturers of security seals, Aluvin Securiseal, is supplying the City Deep Inland Terminal of Spoornet with more than 100 000 once-off security seals a year for all its Spoornet containers. 

SA firm to produce AIDS drug

15th October 2002 The South African arm of drugs giant Boehringer Ingelheim said today it had granted a licence to a South African pharmaceutical firm to allow it to produce, distribute and sell the antiretroviral drug nevirapine. 

Rocky times for SA's nuclear pebble

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2002 The end of this year will mark a crucial point in the history of South Africa's innovative pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) nuclear power plant project, for it is then that the partners in the programme will decide whether or not to move on to the next phase of the project, Engineering News can... 

Rocky times for SA's nuclear pebble

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2002 The end of this year will mark a crucial point in the history of South Africa’s innovative Pebble Bed Modular Reactor nuclear power plant project. 

Safety taking a back seat, says firm

By: vanessa vasques     4th October 2002 The fact that competition between elevator companies in South Africa is so tight has lead to a decrease in the safety standards of local lift maintenance. 

Management fingered in sulpher discharge

30th September 2002 A comprehensive monitoring system for gas discharges from all industries at Richards Bay has been recommended in the report of an investigation panel into an incident at the Foskor plant on July 15 this year, in which 249 people – mainly commuters – were affected by an abnormal... 

HIV/Aids programmes planned for Gauteng automotive industry

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 A study completed by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) on HIV/Aids within the Gauteng automotive industry has now lead to a partnership between the AIDC and the companies which participated in the study, that will see the implementation of an HIV/Aids workplace program. 

Placing SA health, safety on the map

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 South African societies have a long and illustrious history in the field of occupational health and safety dating back as far as 1921 when the Mine Medical Officers’ Association (MMOA) was established. 

Dealing with HIV/Aids in the corporate environment

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 The lack of support available for those in the corporate environment with HIV/Aids prompted Capital Healthcare director Teresa Carstens to launch a corporate management programme called Healthchoice. 

SA lagging in sustainability reporting compared to the rest of the world

27th September 2002 The King Report on Corporate Governance in South Africa released in March recommends that organisations report at least annually on the nature and the extent of their social, transformation, ethical, safety, health and environmental management policies and practices. 

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