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Health and Safety

Focusing on good nutrition

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 The wellness of the mining labour force is essential in maintaining a good health and safety (H&S) record, reports catering services provider Equality Reef Services (ERS) director Andrew St Clair-Laing. 

One-million injury-free work hours achieved

17th September 2010 Steel fabrication and construction company Cosira Group reports one-million injury-free hours at its operations, highlighting the success of the group’s zero-harm policy. 

SA’s construction industry struggles to slash fatality rates 

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 There has been an insignificant decline in the number of fatal incidents on construction sites around South Africa this year, compared with incidents in 2009, construction materials supplier The Sandpit MD and member of the Master Builders Association (MBA) of Gauteng David Dworcan reports. 

New range of durable 
protective apparel  

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 Personal protective equipment (PPE) importer Power Rand Trading is importing a new range of PPE from China, which is constructed from durable materials that are better able to protect construction workers.  

system identifies performance 

By: Petronel Smit     18th September 2009 Identification, security and safety solutions provider Doculam supplies an occupational safety performance assessment technology (Ospat) system which screens mine employees daily for performance impairments such as fatigue, stress and illness which are not picked up by breathalyser and urinalysis... 

Safety in construction to improve with proposed amendments

By: Petronel Smit     18th September 2009 Proposed amendments to the construction regulations in the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993 aim to better define grey areas in the legislation, to improve the level of competency in construction and to place more responsibility on the client for occupational safety in future. 

New body is South Africa’s watchdog for health and safety 

By: Petronel Smit     18th September 2009 The National Occupational Safety and Health Board (Noshbo) was established to act as the lead body and watchdog for occupational health and safety in South Africa. 

Training critical 
in preventing 

By: Petronel Smit     18th September 2009 Occupational safety specialist company RRM Consulting & Developments reports that a lack of competence and awareness among workers results in accidents in mines and on industrial sites, and that sufficient training is the only way to reduce the number of accidents that occur. 

Micronutrient formulation 
tackles radiation related stress

By: Petronel Smit     18th September 2009 Nutritional science and evidence-based corporation Premier Micronutrient Corporation (PMC) has developed a patented micronutrient formulation specifically designed to deal with oxidative stress produced by ionising radiation. 

South Africa meets international fire extinguisher 

18th September 2009 Fire protection specialists the Centa group reports that, with the recently raised South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) fire extinguisher manufacturing standard, South Africa now meets the international minimum fire rating for fire extinguisher size specifications. 

Reaction test aims to 
enhance operator safety

By: Petronel Smit     18th September 2009 Dover Systems has launched a locally developed reaction test aimed at enhancing operator safety, performance and productivity in the mining and transport industries. This competency-measurement tool can match a worker to a client’s specific job requirements. 

Employers and workers must share responsibilities

18th September 2009 Professional labour relations consultancy, The South African Labour Guide, stipulates that workers and employers must share the responsibility for health and safety in the workplace. Both parties must proactively identify dangers and develop control measures to make the workplace safe. 

Industrial safety gloves not generic accessories

By: Petronel Smit     18th September 2009 Safety and instrument products provider Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa reports that industrial safety gloves should not be generic accessories that provide the same level of protection in all applications, but rather, a tool that provides comfort, functionality and performance in... 

Manufacturer provides solutions for water challenges

18th September 2009 Manufacturer of water and gas equipment Intaka Tech, a division of the Intaka group, reports that it is able to offer immediate solutions to drinking water problems by providing sufficient, pure, potable water to all provinces in South Africa, as well as to scattered, remote or periurban... 

Mining chamber champions mining safety best practice

By: Sylvester Haskins     19th September 2008 An initiative by South Africa's Chamber of Mines (COM), the Mine Occupational Safety and Health (Mosh) Best Practice Adoption System, is currently engaged in a pilot project, that seeks to facilitate the adoption of improved health and safety best practice in the mining sector, COM deputy... 

Company leverages itself to support safe mining

19th September 2008 Innovative diversified technology company 3M is positioning itself to provide solutions that meet the safety challenges faced in the mining sector in sub-Saharan Africa, says 3M mining and mineral extraction marketing development manager Gunter Halfar.  

Consumables group supplies industry-specific protective equipment

19th September 2008 Welding gas and consumables group African Oxygen (Afrox) has rolled out a new personal protective equipment (PPE) concept that packages safety equipment for industries such as mining, vehicle manufacturing and construction, reports Afrox PPE business manager Roshana Jansen.  

Workplace safety a joint responsibility - Labour Minister

By: Sylvester Haskins     19th September 2008 Workers' unions should play an active role in preventing the high-rate of workplace accidents and fatalities that are plaguing the construction industry, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana urged, at the launch of government's week-long occupational health and safety inspection of the... 

Institute investigates noise-induced hearing loss

19th September 2008 Research into more effective ways to prevent loss of hearing in South African mine workers who are exposed to high levels of noise underground is currently being conducted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). 

Government conducts KZN agricultural safety blitz

19th September 2008 An inspection programme by the Department of Labour concludes that more than 80% of farmers in KwaZulu-Natal have complied with labour laws. 

Local organisation offers internationally recongnised SHE courses

19th September 2008 The National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA), has entered into a license agreement with UK-based health and safety solutions company Corporate Health & Safety Solutions (CHSS) to provide internationally recognised safety, health and environment (SHE) training courses as part of its... 

Revamp plan for century-old Mauritian water supply system

By: Leandi Kolver     20th June 2008 South African black-owned multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Arcus Gibbs, in conjunction with Gibb Mauritius, has concluded the preparation of a water master plan for the Indian Ocean island’s failing water- supply infrastructure. 

New regulations to lower SA's high construction industry incident rate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2007 Department of Labour (DoL) executive manager Tibor Szana states that a high incident rate in four different sectors, namely, construction, iron and steel/ manufacturing, food and beverage, and agriculture, has accounted for about 47% of all injuries reported to the department over the past four... 

New standard emerges for HIV and Aids management in the workplace

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2007 A new South African National Standards (Sans) system, which will improve HIV and Aids management in the workplace, was launched during July by the South African Bearau of Standards (SABS). Education, Training and Counselling (ETC) MD Linzi Smith says that Sans 16001:2007 can be successfully... 

Research body architectural engineering expert recognised for healthcare contribution

21st September 2007 Senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Dr Sidney Parsons, was named the winner of the 2007 JD Roberts Award at a function held during August this year. The award was made to Parsons in recognition of his groundbreaking research into the crucial role of... 

Empowering electricians to see the light

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2007 Electrical instrumentation designer and manufacturer Sure Engineering recently defined a configuration of the Suretech High Voltage Personal Tester (HV/PT) with the Mexican power utility, to be used on the country's 760 kV power lines, states Sure Engineering managing member Neil Jeffrey.... 

The proofloading is in the pudding

21st September 2007 Manufacturer of bulk handling and lifting equipment Arlona Engineering, which celebrates over 30 years of service in the shipping industry, enhances its fabrication, machining and maintenance service with a specialised proofloading facility for lifting equipment. 

Preliminary trial results for Aids vaccine 'encouraging'

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th September 2007 The preliminary results of a search for a vaccine for HIV/Aids, in which South African is participating, have been described as encouraging. 

Engineering Council wants to pursue bridge collapse case despite court finding

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2006 The Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has requested funding from the Department of Public Works, it�s lead department, to pursue the Injaka bridge collapse. 

High Court finds for Micromega in Nosa case

By: Helene Le Roux     24th November 2006 On November 1, the High Court ratified JSE-listed investment holding company Micromega�s acquisition of former State-owned health and safety organisation Nosa. 

No-one will be held liable for the Injaka bridge collapse

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2006 The Graskop magistrate’s office and the office of the senior public prosecutor in Pretoria have found that no-one will be held liable for the Injaka bridge collapse. 

Magistrate expected to pronounce on 1998 Injaka bridge collapse this month

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2006 It is expected that the Graskop magistrate’s office will release its decision on whether anyone can be held liable for the 1998 Injaka bridge collapse by mid-November. 

Safety audits raise concerns

By: Clement Deane     22nd September 2006 The Southern African ready-mix association (Sarma) and the aggregate and sand producers association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) audit their members in alternate years to establish the overall safety of work environments. 

Innovative approach to tallying HIV costs

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 International management consulting firm, Deloitte, in conjunction with a leading US university has successfully trialled a new approach to reduce the human and financial costs of HIV infection. 

Private-sector role highlighted at Canada Aids summit

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 According to South African Business Coalition on HIV and Aids (Sabcoha) CE Brad Mears, the recent international Aids conference held in Toronto revealed that the response to the pandemic has coalesced into a powerful social movement in which business has a significant role to play. “The... 

Updated regulations to improve burner safety

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 A new standard relating to burner safety is set to be released in October 2006. 

Walkways supplied to petrochemicals plant

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 Manufacturer Andrew Mentis is building on its solid reputation for providing high quality flooring grating with the recent supply of some 9 000 m2 of RS40 Rectagrid grating to Sasol’s new 1-Octene plant in Secunda. 

Hard hat tag saves lives

22nd September 2006 Local firm ICETAG Emergency Data Systems is marketing an innovative health and safety device to the mining and construction industries.?The product, which can be attached to hard hat, provides access to the wearer’s emergency and medical data, while the worker is on duty. 

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