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Health and Safety

Too much security may be deadly

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 Stringent security measures, such as sealing of fire-escape routes and other exits in some buildings lead to catastrophic disasters in the case of an outbreak fire, forcing occupants to be trapped in a building on fire, laments fire and security company Springbok Fire MD Kobus Breedt. 

East London condom factory up and running by year-end

By: vanessa vasques     5th April 2002 One of the world’s largest condom producers, Condomi, which is based in Germany, is to start production of condoms locally with a subsidiary company Condomi-Africa. 

Ozone-based water purification

By: marisa rodrigues     5th April 2002 New environment-friendly technology for purifying water is now available in South Africa. 

Versatile ceiling panels developed

By: Karel Smrcka     5th April 2002 A Czech company has developed an air-permeable ceiling panel system, which integrates three main qualities – sound absorption; combined with a high level of permeability for gases and liquids; together with a complete absence of harmful microparticles, which can be contained in... 

54 more anticrime cameras for Jo'burg

By: Deborah Spicer     5th April 2002 Section 21 crime watchdog Business Against Crime will add 54 cameras to its existing Johannesburg closed-circuit television system by the end of June. 

Filtration to facilitate smoking legislation

22nd March 2002 The results of ElektroServe’s smoking and non-smoking proximity integration project have been announced. 

Fighting fire with fire-detection system

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 One of Africa’s largest safety equipment manufacturers MSA Africa, has completed the development of its new fire-detection system for the mining industry, following the company’s merger with specialist fire-detection equipment company Computerised Telemetry Technologies in September... 

Cape criminals face digital-comms storm

15th March 2002 For the first time in South Africa, public safety services – including municipal police, fire brigades, traffic officers, ambulances and rescue teams - are able to inter-communicate during a crisis situation. 

Secure IT solutions provider gets R20-m e-business suite

15th March 2002 The secure information technology solutions subsidiary of the Nampak group, NamITech, has implemented a R20-million Oracle-based e-business solution – the first of its kind in South Africa. 

Call for improved food safety in SA

By: Zonika Botha     8th March 2002 Incorporating more than 1 400 members, the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) serves as an active participant in the local food and beverage sector. 

Mineral-water plant sports new clean-room

By: Zonika Botha     8th March 2002 Clean-room technology specialists Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers (DSCE) of Pretoria has completed the fast-track installation of new clean-room facilities at Valvita’s mineral-water filling plant in Doornkloof, Olifantsfontein. 

Shedding light on mycotoxins

8th March 2002 Mycotoxins are fast becoming a major concern in food and feed industries, not only because of health concerns, but also legislation, which is now in place in many countries to govern the levels of mycotoxin in raw and processed commodities entering and exiting their borders. 

Disinfectant solves snack-food problem

8th March 2002 Snack-food manufacturer Simba has appointed Advanced Disinfecting Services (ADS) to solve a condensate problem which causes the formation of black mould on concrete ceilings in a corn storage area. 

Invention makes scaffolding safe

22nd February 2002 An anchor that safely fixes boards, ladders and the like to scaffolding. It is an inexpensive, re-usable and simple way of improving the safety of people working in and around scaffolding. 

SA joins global stand against cybercrime

15th February 2002 In a move welcomed by the local information technology security sector, South Africa has taken a definitive stand against Internet crime. 

Safety kudos for Cape paper mill

By: Jill Stanford     8th February 2002 Paper group Sappi's yearly global safety achievement awards competition for the 22 operations in the group has judged the company's Cape Kraft paper mill as the most improved. 

Aids insurance scheme launched

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2002 A new insurance company, called AidsGuard, aims to mitigate the impact of HIV/Aids. 

Malaria hits African economy hard

By: Kelvin Kemm     23rd November 2001 When a Boeing 747 full of people smashes into the ground killing all on board it makes massive international news headlines. 

New safety valve launched

16th November 2001 The API 526 safety-relief valve is in the process has been launched worldwide by Leser. 

Flame traps for explosions

16th November 2001 Johannesburg firm Safurnco offers a range of locally-manufactured tank vents, flame arrestors, vacuum and pressure-relief valves as well as automatic shut-off valves, says marketing director Peter Thieme. 

Aids and govt's life of sweet ease

By: Philip Lloyd     9th November 2001 I recently read The Seeds of Change by Henry Hobhouse, a fascinating examination of the part played by six plants in altering society. 

Bridge-collapse inquiry coming to a head

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2001 More than two years after the start of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the tragic collapse of the Injaka bridge in Mpumalanga in 1998, proceedings are expected to conclude on November 30, says DoL presiding officer Larry Kloppenborg. 

Access control through fingerprinting

2nd November 2001 Biometric verification methods, used to measure the unique aspects of an individual’s physiology, effectively eliminate concerns about stolen, loaned or compromised access cards. 

R150m capex plan for healthcare group

1st November 2001 Healthcare group Afrox has indicated that its R150-million capital expenditure programme for growth projects in the 2001 financial year has already started to deliver, with most of the projects up and running, or well advanced. 

Airline introduces 'big brother' security

19th October 2001 Local airline South African Airways (SAA) is expected to save at least R7-million over the next three years in repudiated claims as a result of its newly-installed security management system. 

Lift inspectors given ownership

By: Deborah Spicer     12th October 2001 Travelling in a South African lift will become safer in future with lift inspectors registered by the Engineering Council of South Africa in a specified category in its own right under the Engineering Profession Act of last year. 

Calls for consolidation to help sector grow

12th October 2001 Despite experiencing positive market conditions over the last 18 months, the R1,1-billion South African pump market has not experienced growth in real terms for several years now. 

Spying 'Big Brother's' techno challenge

By: Laura Franz     12th October 2001 While many of us are glued to our television sets to see whether another piece of furniture will succumb to one of Brad’s drunken rages, what further abuse Ferdie will inflict on the English language, or this week’s reason for Janine’s tears, few of us give any thought to what... 

Tenth of GDP lost to ineffective SHE practices

1st October 2001 Companies which do not have effective safety, health and environment (SHE) management systems in place are costing South African industry some R80-billion yearly in losses, says National Education Research Safety and Health Consultancy (Nershco) CE Dr Johan Schoeman. 

Integrated safety system for centre

28th September 2001 Setting new safety standards for tenants and the public, the R1,4-billion Canal Walk retail shopping complex at Century City on the outskirts of Cape Town incorporates a sophisticated, locally-designed gas safety system that interfaces directly with the fire detection and alarm system. 

Integrated healthcare model launched

28th September 2001 The time has come for organisations to consolidate and improve the efficiency of the services delivered by their on-site services, warns Occupational Care South-Africa (Ocsa) MD Agatha Pretorius. 

SA fire and safety firms merge

28th September 2001 One of Africa’s largest safety-equipment manufacturers MSA Africa has merged with specialist in fire-detection equipment Computerised Telemetry Technologies (CTT). 

Certified products only for workers' ears

28th September 2001 Companies which use personal hearing protectors to prevent workers from noise-induced hearing loss should seriously consider using only those products which carry the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) mark of approval, warns SABS CE Eug 

Safer paint is launched

28th September 2001 A new range of solvent-free water-based paint binders that allow quick re-entry into newly-painted rooms due to of low odour and a completely healthy environment has been launched by Rohm and Haas. 

Fast-action door protects worker health

28th September 2001 Working conditions have been improved and staff health protected through the installation of a Sector roll-up door at a well-known chain plant in the Vaal Triangle. 

Fall-arrest equipment safety seminars

28th September 2001 Exclusive distributors for the Tractel range of fall-arrest equipment as well as lifting and pulling devices in Southern Africa, Bellambie Mining & Industrial has held a series of safety seminars for customers in diverse industries throughout the country. 

New respirator available

28th September 2001 A new generation of full-face respirator technology is now offered by Mine Safety Appliances. 

Motor offers enhanced safety

28th September 2001 Specialist in electro-mechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of asynchronous three-phase motors known as the Lucifer range. 

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