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Health and Safety

Behaviour intervention technology implemented at platinum mine

27th September 2002 A breakthrough concept in safety and health management, Behaviour Intervention Technologies (BIT), is being pioneered in a South African mining environment. 

40% of turnover is generated abroad following global drive

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 The initiative to become globally competitive almost four years ago by Nosa has, although slow, been successful to the extent that around 40% of the company’s turnover is now generated from international clients and contracts. 

Thinking green becoming part of business mindset

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 Environmental thinking is becoming a priority in the business sector and a new generation of managers is being bred to think green. 

Health, safety project for construction industry

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 The construction industry has injury and fatality rates second only to the mining industry in South Africa, and yet very is known about occupational health and safety in this sector says the Industrial Health Unit (IHU) project manager Jaine Roberts. 

Adding style to the safety mix

27th September 2002 One of South Africa’s leading high-tech industrial footwear manufacturers, United Fram, in August launched a revolutionary range of safety shoes countrywide. 

Fall-arrest equipment for safer working conditions

27th September 2002 Exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for the Tractel range of safety equipment, Bellambie Mining & Industrial, has an extensive range of fall arrest equipment, including safety harnesses and working belts, suitable for use in diverse applications. 

Work at height safely, warns company

27th September 2002 It is important to provide the correct and sufficient training and equipment for staff working at height, says Alpinist Safety Consultants technical director Mark Campbell. 

E20-million for health, education and infrastructure

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 The Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the French Development Agency, has been involved with projects and programmes in South Africa since 1994, with a mandate to enhance the standard of living of poor communities by giving them access to essential services, such as water and sanitation,... 

Petrochemical company sponsors whale research programme

27th September 2002 Last month saw Sasol launch its sponsorship of the Whale Unit of the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria, as part of its active commitment to the guiding principles of the International Responsible Care programme. 

Prevention technique for rope corrosion

20th September 2002 A wire rope grease applicator, reduce product wastage and ensure less downtime for underground mining operations has been developed by Shell South Africa (SSA), in a bid to extend rope life. 

Cape Town moves ahead with R13-million fluoridation system 

20th September 2002 THE City of Cape Town is installing a R13-million fluoridation process, which it claims will improve the health of the poor. 

Specialist company offering a test and repair facility to the industry

20th September 2002 Preventable accidents in the workplace have brought to the fore the importance of personal safety and the necessity for regular maintenance and repair of lifting and pulling equipment, says Bellambie Mining & Industrial director George McMaster. 

Soap partnerships could bolster hygiene cause

By: Deborah Spicer     13th September 2002 Public-private partnerships between soap manufacturers and developing countries have attracted so much interest that they may be extended beyond the four South American countries where they were successfully implemented, and Ghana and Kerala, in India, where pilot studies are under way. 

SA firm appointed systems integrator for US security systems company

13th September 2002 Following stringent evaluation, CS Holdings has been appointed systems integrator for Lenel Systems International, a US-based company that builds total security knowledge management solutions by integrating different technologies through open architecture. 

Fund Aids fight not foreign debt, UN advises Africa

3rd September 2002 African governments should fund programmes to combat HIV/Aids before they service foreign debts, UN special adviser Jeffrey Sachs said on Saturday at an Earth Summit panel discussion. 

Engineering solution to support Aids sufferers

2nd September 2002 Cell-life, a new project developed by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Cape Technikon, is set to revolutionise the management of anti-retroviral treatment. 

Association formed to advance responsible container management

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 The irresponsible disposal of drums and containers that contain hazardous and potentially dangerous contents is an issue which the newly-established Responsible Container Management Association of Southern Africa (RCMASA) wishes to confront. 

Research body forms a waste-management centre

30th August 2002 The CSIR has established a Centre for Integrated Waste Management (CIWM) to provide what it sees as appropriate, innovative and integrated solutions to waste management. 

Lights, air-conditioning key to sick building syndrome

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     30th August 2002 We all know about sick building syndrome – the illnesses that result from working in a commercial building which has some defect and the resultant effect on the poor working drones within. 

R30m invested in test facility

30th August 2002 The Eurotype Test Centre is a subsidiary of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and specialises in all aspects of environmental and safety testing across the complete range of motor vehicles. 

William Reeler, SACO Systems

30th August 2002 Willam Reeler SACO Systems 

End “global apartheid” call heralds Joburg Summit

26th August 2002 The Earth Summit opens on Monday in Johannesburg, giving world governments driven by a mix of idealism and realpolitik just 10 days to agree on ways to haul millions out of poverty without poisoning the planet. 

Safety product is to generate R20m a year

23rd August 2002 Following three years of research and development, Afrox has launched two new generation oxygen breathing units which are carried by miners in high-risk underground mines. 

Gas industry makes call for skills

22nd August 2002 A call for trainers and instructors in industry to be better qualified was amplified by a Department of Minerals and Energy Affairs report showing that 257 workers had died and 4 772 were injured in all industrial accidents in South Africa last year. 

Water disease could kill 76m by 2020 – report

20th August 2002 More than 76-million people, mainly children, will die from water-related diseases by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to clean up the planet's water supplies, according to a report issued on Friday. 

GM foods safer than water, says association

16th August 2002 The warning sounded by University of the Western Cape’s Prof Winston Hyde in media reports that genetically modified (GM) crops are dangerous and present a health hazard is repudiated as unfounded by AfricaBio executive director Dr Jocelyn Webster. 

Health minister slams mine's unilateral Aids plan

16th August 2002 Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang yesterday criticised Anglo American, South Africa's biggest company, for implementing an AIDS drug programme without consulting her. 

How genetic fingerprints can catch criminals

By: Karel Smrcka     16th August 2002 A procedure discovered by university scientists in cooperation with police uses a new application of genetic technology to recover minute samples invisible to the naked eye that have been left at a crime scene. 

The definition of business assets is broadened

By: Deborah Spicer     16th August 2002 Research undertaken by strategic asset protection company Ayon Africa indicates that the definition of business assets has become wider than simply physical, financially-measurable assets. 

Aids cost being under-disclosed – expert

15th August 2002 The scope for massive under-disclosure of HIV/Aids costs was outlined yesterday at a presentation by Andrew Sykes, CEO, of NMG-LEVY, the country’s leading independent firm of employee benefits consultants and a major provider of HIV/Aids programmes to the corporate sector. 

SA tank giant gets nod of approval from China

9th August 2002 The world’s leading supplier of liquid and gas containers Consani has achieved the Safety Quality Licensing Office of the People's Republic of China certification (SQLO Certification) for the use of its tank containers for the transportation of hazardous and food-grade liquids in China. 

New water-based resin system developed

9th August 2002 Composite technology specialist, Master Works, of Johannesburg, working in conjunction with international laboratory resources, has developed a water-based, mineral acrylic resin system that is simple to use and can replace conventional solvent based resin systems in many of their applications. 

Gold firm emerging as industry, resources financier

By: Deborah Spicer     9th August 2002 Those that associate JCI with gold alone will be interested to hear that many of the businesses that will contribute to its future cash income are totally unconnected with the gold sector. 

SA security expertise held in high regard

By: Keith Campbell     9th August 2002 THE expertise of SA's SecuricorGray management has won international recognition, & they will henceforth be responsible for managing Securicor operations in all high-risk areas worldwide. 

Mobile law-enforcement devices made in SA

9th August 2002 In a major boost to traffic law enforcement, Face Technologies, a subsidiary of leading IT solutions provider arivia.kom, and SyGade, a developer of electronic payment and mobile commerce products, have signed an agreement which will see SyGade manufacturing a mobile drivers’ licence... 

South African auto companies need new mindset

By: Marius Roodt     2nd August 2002 Three years. That is how much time Chris Jooste has been given to make the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) commercially viable, and free of provincial government financial assistance. 

People-development key focus

By: Marius Roodt     2nd August 2002 The development of the automotive industry’s human resources (HR) is a predominant part of the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s (AIDC) development strategy. 

New smart system will reduce collision injuries

2nd August 2002 Automotive manufacturing giant Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), of Japan, has developed ‘Pre-crash Safety’, an innovative system that reduces collision injury by foreseeing unavoidable collisions to pre-emptively activate safety devices. 

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