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Health, Safety, Hygiene and Sanitation

Making surfaces safe to touch

23rd October 2020 Worldwide scientific research into the coronavirus and a greater understanding of how the virus transmits, continues to unfold. Research suggests that Covid-19 may remain on various surfaces for prolonged periods of time and may be transmitted by means of touch. A newly developed anti-microbial... 

Monitoring system to help improve indoor air quality

14th October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a greater focus on the importance of hygiene and maintaining a healthy home environment. It has been shown that indoor air can be more polluted than outside air and that allergens such as mould, dust particles and chemicals in cleaning materials, can all... 

Monitoring system to help improve indoor air quality
Legrand’s Netatmo smart systems help monitor indoor air quality

Tattoo shop owner creates locally designed Covid-19 protective gear

9th October 2020 A new and creative form of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been designed by South African entrepreneur, Andrew King. Owner of M&K Before Ink tattoo shop based in Edenvale, Gauteng, King explains that the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the nation-wide lockdown were... 

Tattoo shop owner creates locally designed Covid-19 protective gear
The Pure Air PPE shirt, with integrated mask

Genomic test for healthier South African dairy cows

22nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has brought food security under the microscope and has placed increasing financial pressure on the dairy sector. Reports indicate that the number of dairy farms in South Africa dropped by 65% between January 2009 and August 2019. However, milk production increased by 31%... 

Genomic test for healthier South African dairy cows
Zoetis has launched Clarifide Plus, a genomic test for dairy cattle

Reusable face mask offers comfort and protection

22nd September 2020 A locally manufactured face mask offers a safe and easy-to-use alternative to cloth and surgical masks. The reusable face mask has a replaceable filter and adjustable headband, designed to comfortably fit all face profiles, including adults and children over the age of six years. 

Air purifying paint improves indoor air quality

18th September 2020 A new paint that is said to reduce the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air, has recently been introduced. The paint is designed to improve indoor air quality by incorporating new air purifying technology to reduce amounts of harmful formaldehyde. 

Air purifying paint improves indoor air quality
Plascon Double Velvet Pure with the addition of formaldehyde abatement technology

New sinusoidal pump for pharmaceutical manufacturers

11th September 2020 A recently launched sinusoidal pump promises sustainable, high quality, versatile fluid management for the pharmaceutical industry. The new technology provides a number of advancements compared to conventional lobe pumps, offering pharmaceutical manufacturers lower shear, lower power consumption,... 

New sinusoidal pump for pharmaceutical manufacturers
Certa Plus sinusoidal pump for the pharmaceutical industry

Contactless high speed doors enhance hygiene standards

4th September 2020 With companies under pressure to ensure optimum hygiene standards, in line with Covid-19 recommendations, contactless automated high speed doors are a beneficial option for manufacturing operations as well as companies in the storage and warehousing sector. Unlike conventional roller shutter... 

Contactless high speed doors enhance hygiene standards
Apex Strip Curtains & Doors manufacture automated high speed doors for contactless operation.

App simplifies Covid-19 health screenings

27th August 2020 A new data collection application (app), aimed at providing fast, easy and accurate capturing of health-screening data for businesses, is now available. The app offers a solution for businesses that are required to conduct daily screenings on all employees and visitors, in line with Covid-19... 

App simplifies Covid-19 health screenings
The Safecol Light app is designed to assist businesses in capturing health data

Ensuring safe breathalyser procedures during Covid-19

14th August 2020 Concerns about how to safely implement requisite intoxication checks without furthering the spread of Covid-19, are being addressed by a new breathalyser system. For industries that require workers to pass a breathalyser test before entering the workplace, an enhanced safety procedure that makes... 

Ensuring safe breathalyser procedures during Covid-19
The ALCO-Safe breathalyser system

Locally manufactured strip curtains improve workplace safety

7th August 2020 Ensuring optimum visibility with the use of strip curtains installed at internal entry and exit points in manufacturing and storage facilities can reduce risks associated with vehicular traffic movement and improve workplace safety. A large percentage of workplace accidents are said to happen at... 

 Locally manufactured strip curtains improve workplace safety
Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are produced using specially formulated PVC material which is transparent for increased visibility

Advanced VITA – the natural solution in the fight against Covid-19 

31st July 2020 The Advanced Group, which recently pooled its available resources and introduced its Advanced Healthcare Services and Systems programme, has launched its newest product, Advanced VITA Solutions to the South African market. 

Advanced VITA – the natural solution in the fight against Covid-19

Pandemic fast-tracks entrepreneurial innovation

31st July 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the nationwide lockdown has had a severe impact on small businesses. However, for agile entrepreneurs, the forced closing of their primary business could be seen as an opportunity to create additional revenue and help in the fight against the spread of the virus.  Like... 

Pandemic fast-tracks entrepreneurial innovation
The Touch LESS tool

Wireless timecard facilitates Covid-19 screening and tracking

31st July 2020 A timecard application (app) is now available for mobile or on-site screening of employees’ wellness before commencing a work shift. The app is particularly suitable for use in sectors such as healthcare, government, logistics and distribution, merchandising, construction and maintenance, as well... 

Wireless timecard facilitates Covid-19 screening and tracking
The Econz Timecard app is accessible on mobile phones

Solutions to counter cold weather

24th July 2020 Large doorways left open to facilitate easy access at manufacturing and storage facilities may present challenges to maintaining a comfortable and healthy working environment for employees. During the cold winter it is especially difficult to maintain a constant temperature in areas with large... 

Solutions to counter cold weather
Traffic high speed fold-up doors from Apex Strip Curtains & Doors

Portable solar-powered water purifier and sanitation system

17th July 2020 An innovation that purifies water using solar power offers a number of functions, including a portable handwashing station, warm shower and source of clean drinking water. The unit serves as a sink and, with available upgrades, can be converted into a portable shower that provides clean, hot... 

Portable solar-powered water purifier and sanitation system
The GoSun Flow portable solar-powered water purification system

New sensor app ensures physical distancing

16th July 2020 Two new sensor-based applications (apps) are designed to ensure that people maintain the recommended minimum physical distance in public and pre-defined spaces. The applications are designed for use in various public spaces and industries, as well as in the tourism, restaurant and retail sectors.... 

New sensor app ensures physical distancing
Sensor apps from SICK Automation measure distances and count people within a defined space

Locally manufactured copper filtration face mask

3rd July 2020 A South African startup company has launched a patent-pending offering for cloth masks with filter inserts, which incorporate porous copper materials that are said to provide antiviral properties. In addition, a copper-infused mask with an integrated filter, is also on offer. It is thought that... 

Locally manufactured copper filtration face mask
Aeris copper-infused mask with an integrated filter

Locally developed app provides solution for a safe return to work

19th June 2020 Mitigating the risk of Covid-19 spread while complying with government regulations is seen as one of the principal challenges currently facing South African companies. Ensuring that employees return to a safe work environment and minimising the risk of local outbreaks of Covid-19 and subsequent... 

Locally developed app provides solution for a safe return to work
The CoronaFighter Enterprise Solution app, developed in South Africa

Manufacture of Covid-19 special purpose cleaners upscaled

19th June 2020 A new range of special purpose cleaners locally manufactured according to World Health Organisation (WHO), US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) guidelines has been developed and the capacity for large volumes has been made available as a... 

Manufacture of Covid-19 special purpose cleaners upscaled
AECI range of sanitisers

Counter-top safety screens offer protection against aerosol droplets

19th June 2020 A new range of acrylic counter screens are designed to protect employees, such as cashiers, receptionists, doctors and pharmacists, as well as customers, from the spread of Covid-19 by means of droplet spray. The safety screens are portable and can be moved to different positions within a retail... 

Counter-top safety screens offer protection against aerosol droplets
Counter-top safety screen from Tork Craft

UV-resistant screens improve safety in the workplace

13th May 2020 Welding and safety screens are aimed at ensuring optimum safety in workshop environments, protecting workers from harsh ultraviolet (UV) light and dangerous UV radiation which occurs during welding and grinding processes. A range of locally manufactured safety screens incorporates a heavy-duty UV... 

UV-resistant screens improve safety in the workplace
Apex welding and safety screens in a workplace

Camera helps fight Covid-19

22nd April 2020 A thermal camera system that can identify abnormal temperatures on individuals and groups of people, is now available. The camera system incorporates facial recognition software to automatically detect  the temperature of anyone passing in front of the camera. 

Camera helps fight Covid-19
Provix Camera features non-contact body temperature detection

Hand wash reminder for industries

17th April 2020 A newly-designed industrial hand wash sounder aims to become an essential tool in the fight against Covid-19. The units are specifically designed for use in large, noisy industrial environments such as chicken processing, food factories and food packaging sectors, as a means of reminding staff to... 

Hand wash reminder for industries
Sounder reminds staff to wash hands at regular intervals

Easy access to lifebuoys improves water safety

8th April 2020 Specially-manufactured storage casings to house life-saving buoys at the waterside, aim to ensure the quick location and access to lifebuoys and the improvement of water safety.  The Lifebuoy Cabinet is constructed from durable polyethylene material and can be mounted onto poles, walls and rails.... 

Easy access to lifebuoys improves water safety
A Lifebuoy Cabinet mounted on a galvanised pole

Salvation Army steps up to help in lockdown

1st April 2020 The Salvation Army will be partnering with the Department of Social Development (DSD) to feed homeless people in Pretoria for the duration of South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown. The Salvation Army will be providing two meals a day for about 1 000 people at three venues in Pretoria, namely... 

Salvation Army steps up to help in lockdown
Members of the Salvation Army prepare to help the DSD during the lockdown

Thermal imaging for in-depth building inspection

1st April 2020 A built-in thermal imager combined with moisture hygrometer and multi-spectral dynamic imaging is designed to help users quickly troubleshoot moisture problems in buildings. The all-in-one, thermal-enabled moisture meter with hygrometer provides users with a more comprehensive understanding of... 

Thermal imaging for in-depth building inspection
The FLIR thermal imaging sensor guides users to the source of building-related issues

Wits researchers launch comprehensive Covid-19 dashboard for South Africa

27th March 2020 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has launched a website that presents the latest statistics on the effect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on the population of South Africa. The site serves as a tool to monitor the daily development of the coronavirus in South Africa. The... 

Wits researchers launch comprehensive Covid-19 dashboard for South Africa
Representation of the Covid-19 virus

Roll-up doors reset themselves

13th March 2020 A roll-up door that offers self-repairing capabilities, enabling it to recover its alignment should the curtain be accidentally dislodged, is now available. This functionality is made possible by the incorporation of side hinges that slide along special guides, together with flexible curtain ends... 

Roll-up doors reset themselves
The Smart Reset roll-up door quickly recovers its alignment on its next opening or closing operation should the curtain be accidentally dislodged.

South African nanofiber company one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019

31st January 2020 A Cape Town-based developer and manufacturer of advanced nanofiber materials, in collaboration with US skincare and makeup companies, has developed a product selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019. The prestigious list, compiled annually by TIME, highlights “the Best... 

Screening app brings hearing hope

31st January 2020 According to the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, deafness is one of the greatest disabilities in South Africa affecting more than 4-million people. It is estimated that of every 1 000 children born in the public health care sector, four to six children have hearing... 

Screening app brings hearing hope
App makes hearing screening more accessible

Robust ribbed PVC materials available

31st January 2020 A range of ribbed material manufactured from durable, impact- and scratch-resistant material, is now available. The new range of ribbed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) strip curtains is suitable for heavy-duty and high traffic applications. 

Health and safety key at mixed-use project

23rd January 2020 Health and safety are crucial elements of a new mixed-use building project which is due for completion in the third quarter of 2020. The Oxford Parks Phase I project comprises the construction of four mixed-use premium office and retail buildings and a fifth building which will house a hotel. 

Latex glove offers comfort and grip

23rd January 2020 Latex gloves are often an important tool in the work environment and are required to keep hands dry, warm and safe. The Aquila LX300 is a lined and crinkle-latex coated glove which is said to offer superior grip properties with enhanced comfort. Its 30-cm-long cuff design is fully dipped, for... 

Strip curtains help to improve health and safety

16th January 2020 General purpose strip curtains offer a means of improving workplace health and safety by offering solutions for controlling dust, insects and temperature fluctuations. Large volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic in food manufacturing facilities and retail stores lead to an associated... 

Utility case for the rugged adventurer

16th January 2020 A new personal utility case that aims to protect belongings in outdoor work or adventure, has recently been launched. The case is said to be watertight, crush-proof and dust-proof, in order to protect accessories and personal items on outdoor trips, in extreme work environments or when bad... 

Air-tight door seals in freshness

12th December 2019 A leading producer and exporter of citrus fruit in the Eastern Cape recently required a certified air-tight door for its steri room chambers. The steri cooling process takes place in three chambers where air tightness is essential. A panel sectional door was fitted in order to ensure that optimal... 

Preventing sick building syndrome

6th December 2019 Monitoring devices that are able to detect high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have been introduced to the local market, with the aim of detecting poor air quality that can lead to sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome is a medical condition affecting people that occupy a specific... 

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