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Health and Safety

Mining sector needs more alcohol education  

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 Mining companies need to continue educating their employees about the dangers of alcohol consumption before or during work hours, as many are not aware of or do not appreciate the safety risks this might pose for themselves, their colleagues and their employers, urges alcohol testing equipment... 

Financial constraints lead to lack of health and safety training

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 There is insufficient health and safety due diligence and adherence to training, especially among small engineering companies in South Africa, states health and safety training provider, ATA International business development manager Nicole de Montille. She points out that larger engineering... 

Hazard identification campaign rolled out at shaft sinking operations

By: Joanne Taylor     16th September 2011 Communications company Unplugged Communications has rolled out its Snakes for Safety hazard identification campaign at shaft-sinking specialist Shaft Sinker’s operations across South Africa. 

Health and safety training increases

By: Joanne Taylor     16th September 2011 Companies, particularly large industrial and administrative firms, are increasingly training employees in various health and safety courses to ensure that they become compliant and maintain their compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, No 85 of 1993, says occupational health... 

Improved PPE procurement can lower costs

16th September 2011 Companies should take a more strategic and broader view of personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement and stop focusing on just item or line costs rather than the total cost, says importer and wholesaler of safety equipment and products Bramhope Investments MD Isak Marais. 

Cement giant promotes road safety

16th September 2011 Cement company Lafarge has spent the last four years actively promoting road safety in its quest to be one of the safest companies in the world. 

Soccer-themed safety training reaches more sectors

By: Joanne Taylor     16th September 2011 The soccer-related safety training programme Riski Diski is being expanded, says training company KBC Health & Safety. 

Theatre driving safety home

16th September 2011 ‘Superman goes nowhere’ is a theatrical play dedicated to safety awareness in the workplace. 

Emergency database to save more lives

By: Joanne Taylor     16th September 2011 Emergency medical response company Helivac has developed a centralised database, Helivac Assist, to enable paramedics to access comprehensive member information using a personal digital assistant, such as a Blackberry cellphone, during an emergency situation. 

New gas detector launched

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 Safety equipment manufacturer Mine Safety Supplier (MSA) Africa has introduced its latest electronic multigas detector, the ALTAIR 4X, to the South African industrial market. 

Department issues health and safety directive for mines 

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 In light of a number of fatalities taking place at mines in the North West province during the past few months, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has issued a health and safety (H&S) directive, reports multinational science and technology company DuPont. 

Multimillion-rand plan to improve enforcement, prosecutions

By: Henry Lazenby     17th September 2010 The mining industry is under intense pressure to reduce mining deaths following the Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu’s announcement of a multimillion-rand plan to improve enforcement and prosecutions.  

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.  

Assessment 
system identifies performance 
impairments

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 
accidents

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 
standards 

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.... 

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