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Health and Safety

Local industry suffers due to lost inspection skills

28th September 2001 The occupational health and safety (OHS) community in South Africa – through its Association of Societies for Occupational Safety and Health (Asosh), has expressed concern that government and, in particular, the Department of Labour (DoL) have not given sufficient attention to the... 

OHS legislation receives attention

28th September 2001 The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act of 1994 is to be sunstantially revamped to be brought in line with the superior Mine Health and Safety Act and, following this, the Acts will be merged. 

Enhanced entrance security

28th September 2001 Local company Legrand’s new audio and video door entry phone kits are effective security devices, designed to enhance safety in diverse applications. 

Security a multifaceted responsibility

28th September 2001 Security is never a single-faceted problem, it is always multifaceted and places a burden of responsibility on the person tasked with selecting the correct, effective security solution to a particular problem. 

New security wall developed

28th September 2001 A security-enhanced boundary wall that involves the erection of a permanent shutter and the use of the laminate principle to create a homogeneous structure by applying mesh-reinforced gunite to both sides of the wall, has been developed by RAD Technologies. 

Firm helps secure information

21st September 2001 Local information technology (IT) company Dimension Data has established a security division to help companies assess their safeguarding requirements and protect themselves from computer crime. 

Aids vaccine hopes rise

11th September 2001 Leading Aids researchers said they were more optimistic than ever about the prospect for developing a vaccine capable of controlling, if not eliminating, the deadly HIV virus. 

Be safe, or be dead

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th September 2001 Richard Murphy is one of those annoying engineers who doesn’t take chances or guess much. 

360 crime-fighting cameras for Jhb

By: Laura Franz     24th August 2001 The success of the South African-designed surveillance system of Business Against Crime Surveilance Technology (BACST), and its subsequent ISO 9001 certification, has resulted in the company looking to market the system for export, reports MD John Penberthy. 

Automaker steels for Aids battle

By: Laura Franz     3rd August 2001 Automotive giant DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has become one of the first local motor manufacturers to launch a HIV/Aids workplace strategy, which it is implementing at its branches in East London, Pinetown and Pretoria, indicated CEO Christoph K 

Locking device for doors

29th June 2001 Description Locking device for a door and, in particular, a locking device for an automatic remote-controlled garage door. 

R800m for Jhb inner city facelift

By: Laura Franz     22nd June 2001 Johannesburg, the city of gold, will be spending some R800-million on revitalising its inner city over the next three years, a task which is to be funded by provincial and local government, reports Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) CEO Graeme Reid. 

How SA is exporting safety

By: Zonika Botha     15th June 2001 South Africa is successfully exporting its safety know-how. 

DDT ban may hurt malaria fight

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th June 2001 At a time when the rationale behind the restriction on the use of DDT which, some believe, is the most cost-effective weapon against malaria is being increasingly questioned, South Africa became one of the first signatories to a treaty aimed at eliminating 12 persistent organic pollutants (Pops),... 

Aids reality check required urgently

15th June 2001 South Africans are still struggling to get real about the issue of HIV/Aids. This is no more apparent than when one takes a drive through Johannesburg and is confronted with billboard messages so obscure as to be bordering on the ridiculous. 

New steel door factory trebles company's output

By: Laura Franz     1st June 2001 Roller-shutter door and grille manufacturer Roll-up/Serranda, which produces some 40 t of steel doors a month, has more than trebled its production capacity with the opening of a new 2 500 m2 factory in Aeroton, south of Johannesburg. 

Bid to conserve medicinal plants

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The reopening of a plant propagation facility in White River, Mpumulanga, marks a bid by the Medicinal Flora Co-operative to conserve South Africa’s medicinal plants and facilitate greater employment for traditional healers and rural communities. 

Security, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Free State

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Public Works in Pretoria has invited tenders for eight security contracts. 

New standards for fire extinguishers

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Four years after the South African Bureau of Standards tightened regulations concerning the reconditioning of handheld fire extinguishers in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, injuries and accidents as a result of substandard servicing of these pressure vessels continue to make news headlines. 

Opinion

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Editorial 

Cut Aids drug prices, or else, warns Brazil

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Brazil is considering breaking the patents on HIV/Aids drugs to reduce further the cost of treating those suffering from the disease in that country. 

Africa needs to be self-reliant – UNDP

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The African continent will need to look to itself and rely on its own expertise if it is to claim the twenty-first century. 

Risks from cyber terrorism to stress confront business

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Aplethora of new risks are either confronting or about to confront South African business as it becomes increasingly integrated into the global economy. 

45 Northern Cape asbestos mines are unrehabilitated

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Delegates to the first Global Asbestos Congress, held in Brazil, resolved to ban the use and mining of asbestos by 2005. 

More inspectors needed

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Noise, vibration and NDT 

Seven new standard priorities set

By: System Author     20th October 2000 The South African Bureau of Standards released its first draft of Priority Projects for National Standards for public comment at the National Standards Conference in Pretoria this month. 

Airport security, Western Cape

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Increased security measures, which include specially-trained armed guards and combat uniforms, are being implemented at Cape Town International Airport to step up the existing security system. 

Super tag used in transport spin-off

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Local technology company Inala is proposing a new system of traffic control based on ‘electronic number plates’ to improve traffic enforcement and increase safety on South Africa’s roads. 

Forget the cause, focus on effect

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Spells it Out 

New techno weapon in crime-fighting armoury

By: System Author     13th October 2000 In what is deemed as a world-first for South Africa in forensic technology, members of the Criminal Record Centre Research Department, in association with Vereeniging non-destructive testing design and manufacture specialist Gammatec Engineering, are employing technology to trace firearms back to... 

Big export hopes for great new X-ray system

By: System Author     6th October 2000 The commercial arm of DebTech, Debex, of Johannesburg, is negotiating a co-operation agreement with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation to identify global marketing and distribution partners to sell its Lodox digital X-ray imaging system to emergency medical centres. 

Safety laws ignored again

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Electrically Speaking 

Check your equipment is the warning from gas giant

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Industrial safety, health & security 

Human factor in safety a cause for some concern

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Industrial safety, health & security 

Mutual benefits of merger are becoming apparent

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Industrial safety, health & security 

Precedent-setting lawsuits predicted

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Industrial safety, health & security 

HIV/Aids: Like Hitler in 1939

By: System Author     1st September 2000 While South Africa is spending R30-billion on its defence acquisition programme, the country is in the middle of a raging war against an enemy that no tank or fighter aircraft will defeat. 

Minimising the high cost of HIV/Aids

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Gauteng independent employee health services company Lifeworks has laun- ched a software package that enables employers to calculate the financial costs of HIV/Aids. Available at no charge, the Aids Impact Calculator for the first time allows employers to predict and plan for the effect of the... 

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