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Health, Safety, Hygiene and Sanitation

HVAC solutions improve mining operations

26th November 2021 Ensuring that the interior cabins of mine vehicles remain cool is essential for maintaining drivers’ health and safety, as well as ensuring operational efficiency on mines. Standard air conditioning systems may not withstand the extreme heat sometimes experienced on mining sites. Among the... 

Fire pumps meet global standards

26th November 2021 A fire system that meets European EN 12845 standards is in growing demand from South African customers. This is according to Grundfos sales engineer commercial building services South Africa Mark Muller, who explains the rationale behind the company’s Hydro EN fire pump systems. 

Image of an installed Grundfos fire set
An installed Grundfos fire set

Measuring dust can limit exposure in mines

18th November 2021 Dust is recognised as a serious health hazard in mines where metals and metalloids are carried in atmospheric dust, exposing workers to toxic contaminants. Dust from minerals such as coal, silica and other finely powdered materials can damage the lungs and air passages and smaller particles of... 

Image of mining equipment to show that mines can measure and control dust, to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act
Mines can measure and control dust, to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Revolutionary antimicrobial boosts fight against Covid-19

12th November 2021 A groundbreaking new antimicrobial product has been found to successfully eliminate the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) virus on treated medical masks and rubber medical gloves for up to 72 hours. The antimicrobial was originally developed by Goldshield Technologies to help reduce... 

Image of hospital staff and patient to show that Goldshield 5 antimicrobial can reduce COVID-19 exposure on PPE for up to 72 hours
The Goldshield 5 antimicrobial can reduce COVID-19 exposure on PPE for up to 72 hours

Spotlight on knee protection

5th November 2021 Knee guards offer protection for users working in cramped conditions, such as underground mining or where work needs to be carried out at floor level, such as tiling, wooden flooring and plumbing. The Paramount ‘Orange’ knee guard was first developed in Germany to help protect miners’ knees in... 

Image of person wearing KneeLok knee guards  designed to be comfortable, durable and effective
KneeLok knee guards are designed to be comfortable, durable and effective

New innovations in paint coatings

3rd November 2021 Ongoing research and development into the formulation and manufacture of paint is leading to a range of new advancements, such as odourless paint, paint that helps to combat algae and mould build-up and paint that helps facilitate the safe harvesting of rainwater. Plascon affirms that the... 

Image of house exterior to demonstrate that Plascon uses technology to offer pioneering new products
Plascon uses technology to offer pioneering new products

Spray nozzles for evaporative cooling and humidification

7th October 2021 Micro-fine droplet systems are used in a range of applications that require sprayed water to evaporate before wetting the surroundings, resulting in evaporative cooling or humidification. Evaporative cooling occurs when water evaporates and energy, or heat, in the air dissolves the droplets,... 

Image of Mist-cooling tunnels from Hawk pumps, used in the Comrades marathon
Mist-cooling tunnels from Hawk pumps, used in the Comrades marathon

Safety-critical berm monitoring on openpit mines

16th September 2021 Dump point related accidents in openpit mining operations can be catastrophic, causing human casualties, damage to equipment and loss of productivity. The use of effective safety berms that comply with required height standards is imperative to safeguard personnel and equipment and berm... 

Image of The Berm Monitoring System ensures compliance of berms on openpit mines
The Berm Monitoring System ensures compliance of berms on openpit mines

Monitoring drivers’ health saves lives and reduces costs

26th August 2021 A cloud-based platform that utilises automation, artificial intelligence, integration capabilities, advanced features and smart algorithms to measure the state of a user’s wellbeing aims to help companies reduce driver-related accidents and incidents. The Valecus platform is supported by... 

Image of the Valecus wearable device monitors drivers' health data
The Valecus wearable device monitors drivers' health data

One-stop water disinfecting solution for food and beverage sector

20th August 2021 Hygiene is a key priority in the beverage sector and pumps used in breweries, distilleries, wineries and soft drink plants are essential for disinfecting water in these facilities. Grundfos pumps offer an innovative system that creates a diluted chlorine dioxide solution from sodium chlorite and... 

Image of the Grundfos Oxiperm Pro disinfection system
Grundfos pump solutions for the food and beverage sector include the Oxiperm Pro disinfection system

Water-based cleaner meets food industry standards

20th August 2021 A heavy duty, water-based cleaner concentrate for the food and pharmaceutical processing industry aims to help facilities meet the highest food industry standards, especially Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and ISO 22000 requirements. BIO CLEAN concentrate from FUCHS Lubricants... 

Image of BIO CLEAN cleaner concentrate from FUCHS Lubricants
BIO CLEAN cleaner concentrate from FUCHS Lubricants

Geohazard monitoring and warning system to help keep communities safe

10th August 2021 A military-precision reactive monitoring and alarm system for tailings dam breaches, large slope failures, landslides and avalanches, has been announced. Said to be the industry’s most advanced doppler radar for reactive geohazard monitoring, the system detects, tracks and sends alarms on moving... 

Image of GroundProbe’s RGR-Velox monitoring in the field
GroundProbe’s RGR-Velox monitoring in the field

New air purification technology helps combat Covid-19

9th July 2021 The importance of circulating purified air in closed, crowded spaces is a crucial part of minimising the spread of droplet- or air-borne diseases such as Covid-19 and tuberculosis. The World Health Organisation recently acknowledged the importance of fresh air in preventing the spread of... 

Image of  modular needlepoint bipolar ionisation system
A modular needlepoint bipolar ionisation system can purify indoor air where natural ventilation is not possible. Credit: Global Plasma Solutions.

Innovative app breaks down language barriers in fight against Covid-19

23rd June 2021 A local mobile application (app) aims to improve the communication of safety protocols and other vital information related to Covid-19, by bridging the language divide evident on many Web-based platforms. Numerous campaigns have been launched worldwide to raise awareness about the pandemic but... 

The AwezaMed app has been developed to disseminate Covid-19-related information
The AwezaMed app has been developed to disseminate Covid-19-related information

First-of-its-kind solution for safe listening

14th May 2021 More than a billion adolescents and young people are estimated to be at risk of acquiring recreational noise-induced hearing loss (RNIHL) as a result of the unsafe use of personal audio systems. Loud noise is particularly harmful and once the delicate inner ear hair cells are damaged, hearing... 

dbTrack technology, developed by the University of Pretoria, encourages safe listening
dbTrack technology, developed by the University of Pretoria, encourages safe listening

Effective training helps fight infection in healthcare facilities

14th May 2021 The lack of appropriate training is said to be a major contributor to high infection rates in South African healthcare facilities, according to a local industrial and healthcare cleaning solutions provider.  “Proper training and implementing correct cleaning practices is one of the easiest ways... 

A new training document highlights cleaning practices to fight infection in healthcare facilities
A new training document highlights cleaning practices to fight infection in healthcare facilities

New insulin therapy to help manage diabetes

7th May 2021 Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in South Africa, with over 12.8% of adults diagnosed with the disease, according to the International Diabetes Federation.  Treatment of Type 2 diabetes includes diet and increased physical activity aimed at helping patients to lose weight and lower... 

Novo Nordisk launched its new insulin therapy product in South Africa
Novo Nordisk launched its new insulin therapy product in South Africa

Weight management wellness app powered by artificial intelligence

30th April 2021 An artificial intelligence- (AI-) powered wellness application (app) focused on healthy eating and weight management, is set to be launched in South Africa soon. California-based mobile health (mHealth) service provider PurpleTeal and Mondia, a private mobile commerce company, announced the... 

The ‘Tweak & Eat’ app focuses on healthy eating and weight management
The ‘Tweak & Eat’ app focuses on healthy eating and weight management

Turnstile streamlines access control and alcohol detection

19th March 2021 A newly designed turnstile system integrates access control with alcohol detection, simplifying the process of screening employees when entering a premises. The full-height turnstile allows for controlled access by means of fingerprint, card, face recognition or other parameters and also... 

The turnstile from Flow Systems integrates access control with alcohol detection
The turnstile from Flow Systems integrates access control with alcohol detection

Safe, effective, environment-friendly cleaning solutions

19th March 2021 A ready-to-use disinfectant and sanitizing solution created with the use of new mixing technology, promises residual long-lasting protection against viruses and bacteria. The sustainable and environment-friendly technology also offers safety in handling and the products are not hazardous to... 

BarrierTech cleaning products promise long-lasting protection against viruses and bacteria
BarrierTech cleaning products promise long-lasting protection against viruses and bacteria

Military-grade hearing protection for the mining industry

26th February 2021 SPONSORED POST: Advanced 3-D hear-through (3DHT) technology and hearing protection offered by the Ops-Core Adaptive Mission Platform (AMP) communication headsets, are seen as a potential game-changer in the mining industry, offering improved safety and more effective communication between... 

AMP communication headsets available from  Hear Technologies Group
AMP communication headsets available from Hear Technologies Group

Driver assistance technology improves safety on mines

26th February 2021 The application of new advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in the mining sector is proving to be a valuable tool in safety innovation across operations in Southern Africa. The world’s leading diamond producer, De Beers Group, highlights that it has implemented the  intervention as a major... 

De Beers Group is pioneering advanced driver assistance systems in the mining sector
De Beers Group is pioneering advanced driver assistance systems in the mining sector

Integrated video-based solution for enhanced driver and vehicle safety

12th February 2021 A new integrated video-based fleet management solution offers a single interface experience, enabling users to access and manage both vehicles and in-vehicle cameras simultaneously. Telematics provider Webfleet Solutions, part of Bridgestone, has collaborated with global video telematics provider... 

The WEBFLEET Video fleet management solution
The WEBFLEET Video fleet management solution

Non-invasive ventilator manufactured in South Africa

5th February 2021 A new non-invasive ventilator manufactured in South Africa boasts state-of-the-art functionality for safe and easy application in a homecare or clinical environment. The device is intended for therapy of spontaneously breathing patients who suffer from respiratory insufficiency and conditions... 

The Cube 25 NIV non-invasive ventilator from Etion Create
The Cube 25 NIV non-invasive ventilator from Etion Create

Nylon gloves a better alternative to disposables for non-medical use

22nd January 2021 Wearing gloves in non-medical environments can have a number of benefits, such as reducing the risks of infection by means of touch and reduced skin irritation as a result of frequent hand washing or sanitizing. Re-usable nylon gloves are said to offer a range of advantages over the use of... 

Aquila NR3006 nitrile coated nylon gloves
Aquila NR3006 nitrile coated nylon gloves

Safety eyewear that is stylish and practical

8th January 2021 Locally manufactured prescription safety lens solutions are designed to meet the needs of demanding occupations and industry in South Africa. Leading eyewear chain, Torga Optical Group has partnered with German company, Uvex, to manufacture and market EN166-compliant safety eyewear in Southern... 

Torga Optical offers a wide range of safety eye wear
Torga Optical offers a wide range of safety eye wear

Ensuring high standards of hygiene in the hospitality industry

11th December 2020 In an effort to ensure the smooth and continuous operation of restaurants, bars and other sectors of the hospitality industry by maintaining strict levels of hygiene and compliance with Covid-19 regulations, businesses require a system to help remind staff to regularly clean and disinfect hands,... 

The Sirenco Multitone C-19 sounder
The Sirenco Multitone C-19 sounder

Smoke detection system saves lives and assets

11th December 2020 SPONSORED POST: An aspirating smoke detector (ASD) comprises a central detection unit which draws in air and detects the presence of smoke particles by detecting the light scattered by the particles in the chamber. ASDs are designed to detect smoke before it is visible. The Securiton SecuriSmoke... 

The Securiton SecuriSmoke ASD range supplied by Technoswitch
The Securiton SecuriSmoke ASD range supplied by Technoswitch

Proximity detection systems help to make mines safer and more productive

1st December 2020 Using proximity detection system (PDS) hardware and monitoring devices to centralise information, can help mines to become safer and more productive, asserts PDS solutions company Booyco Electronics. The company explains that a single source of information on a mine’s assets enables the... 

The Booyco Electronics Asset Management System allows data to be analysed for patterns which indicate unsafe behaviour
The Booyco Electronics Asset Management System allows data to be analysed for patterns which indicate unsafe behaviour

Locally manufactured safety eyewear offers protection with style

13th November 2020 SPONSORED POST: A new range of prescription safety lens solutions to meet the needs of demanding occupations and industry, is now locally manufactured for the South African market. Leading eyewear chain, Torga Optical Group has partnered with German company, Uvex, to manufacture and market... 

Torga lens manufacturing facility in Cape Town
Torga lens manufacturing facility in Cape Town

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... 

The HygieneZone anti-microbial film is designed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 on surfaces
The HygieneZone anti-microbial film is designed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 on surfaces

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... 

Legrand’s Netatmo smart systems help monitor 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... 

The Pure Air PPE shirt, with integrated mask
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%... 

Zoetis has launched Clarifide Plus, a genomic test for dairy cattle
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. 

Plascon Double Velvet Pure with the addition of formaldehyde abatement technology
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,... 

Certa Plus sinusoidal pump for the pharmaceutical industry
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... 

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors manufacture automated high speed doors for contactless operation.
Apex Strip Curtains & Doors manufacture automated high speed doors for contactless operation.
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