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Health and Safety

Health and safety regulations boost strip curtain sales

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 Modderfontein-based Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has announced that all its products earmarked for use in the food and beverage industry are now compliant with the latest international food safety system. 

Remote-timed switch reduces accident risk

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 A remote switch with a timer function can assist in mitigating the risk of ordinary users being accidentally electrocuted because they are not familiar with complex electrical systems, says Midrand-based technology innovation company Sagifon. 

Remote-timed switch reduces accident risk
SIMPLIFICATION All timer and on/off programming is performed through using the compact remote control transmitter

Mobile training and road safety initiative launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 Construction industry representative association Master Builders Association (MBA) North launched the September for Safety road safety campaign this month to promote the safe use of vehicles regarding construction procedures when transporting either personnel or materials, on-site or off-site. 

Mobile training and road  safety initiative launched
DOUG MICHELL If we manage to control vehicle collisions, we could reduce industry accidents by about 50%

Dangers of lead in paint highlighted

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 The South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) is focusing on eliminating hazardous lead content in paint.  Sapma executive director Deryck Spence says lead is commonly used in paint production as a facilitator of quick-drying paint, to prevent rust in industrial applications and as a... 

Construction sector sees hike in road accidents

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 South African road accidents in the construction sector are increasing, according to insurance company Federated Employers Mutual (FEM) MD Thelma Pugh and industry body Master Builders Association North (MBA North) construction health and safety manager Doug Michell. FEM, which deals with medical... 

Construction sector sees hike in road accidents
Photo by Duane Daws
ROAD SAFETY CONCERN The Master Builders Association North is questioning the mindset and culture in South Africa that makes it acceptable to have so many road incidents

Health and safety compliance awareness needed

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 Health and safety compliance awareness and training and personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions are clearly needed by South African companies, local health and safety company Safety Solutions Africa tells Engineering News. This is evident from the feedback the company received from... 

No LTIs at treatment plants for three years

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 Aveng Group’s operating group, Aveng Water, tells Engineering News that two of its plants have been operating for three years without a lost-time injury (LTI). This covers the operation and maintenance teams at the Erongo Desalination Plant (EDP), in Namibia, and the Optimum Coal Water... 

Marine vessel repair comany adopts TRIR

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 Turnkey ship repair solutions provider DCD Marine Cape Town adopted the total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) in January to identify minor health and safety issues, which pre-empts them becoming serious incidents, as the company strives for a zero incident rate. Marine vessel repairs and... 

Computerised health and safety training proving successful in SA

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 Computer software designed specifically for health and safety training in various real-life environments is suitable for any industry and is achieving positive results in South Africa and worldwide, video and multimedia production company The Boiler Room tells Engineering News. “The company has... 

New working at heights training academy launched in SA 

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 Occupational-risk-management services provider NOSA officially opened its thirtieth office in Southern Africa and launched its Working@Heights training academy in Centurion, last month.  

Safety procedures save lives – motivational speaker 

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 International occupational health and safety motivational speaker Theo Venter continues to urge companies and individuals to take health and safety practices and procedures seriously. 

New fall-protection planner training programme to improve safety

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 Height safety consulting and training provider Height Wise Training Academy launched its new fall-protection planner training programme in May to ensure that South Africans working at heights of 2 m or higher are safer.  

Wellness campaign promotes health

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2012 To ensure its staff remain healthy, logistics solutions provider Crossroads encourages employees to participate in a yearly wellness campaign.  

Company celebrates healthy workforce

21st September 2012 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air has had no new cases of HIV/Aids in its workforce since the inception of its HIV/Aids and wellness training programme ten years ago. Rand-Air GM Louwrens Erasmus says the company had long been aware that the HIV/Aids pandemic was not something that... 

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. 

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