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Health and Safety

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. 

Unsafe gas equipment endangers workplace

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 Unsafe gas equipment continues to find its way into the workplace where it is threatening the safety of people and exposing managers and employers to the risk of prosecution. 

‘Safety and health still neglected on building sites’

22nd September 2006 There are still far too many building contractors, sub-contractors, and property owners who deliberately ignore or are unaware of safety requirements on construction sites, Neil Duncan, president of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA), has warned. 

Health and safety call centre launched

22nd September 2006 A new SHEQAssist call-centre, based in Centurion, Gauteng, will be manned around the clock in order to provide reliable and on-demand occupational safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) legal compliance assistance to clients, even 24-hour operations like mines and heavy industry. 

‘Take precautions against transient overvoltages’

22nd September 2006 As distribution systems and loads become more complex, the possibilities of transient overvoltages increase. 

SA firm takes long-term approach to pandemic

By: Helene Le Roux     4th August 2006 The HIV/Aids pandemic is exacerbating the local skills shortage and causing a humanitarian crisis in South African society. 

SAPS viewed as integral to future rail-security solution

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 The budget to provide security on South Africa’s commuter trains has increased from R90-million in 1995 to R257-million in the last financial year, says South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) group executive operations compliance Enos Ngutshane. 

Diversified mining giant makes over 100 SME equity-investment commitments

By: Jade Davenport     21st July 2006 Since its inception in 1989, the black economic-empowerment (BEE) and enterprise-development initiative of diversified mining house Anglo American, Anglo Zimele, has made more than 100 equity investments into small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in a varied number of South African industries. 

South Africa's civil aviation body takes initiatives to further improve safety in the skies

By: Jade Davenport     7th July 2006 Although the mandate of the South African Civil Authority (CAA) is to promote and enforce aviation safety and security in South Africa and locally registered aircraft, the local body has adopted an objective to further raise the bar of aviation safety in the country. 

Government plans to merge health and safety units

By: Helene Le Roux     30th June 2006 The South African government plans to affect a merger between the two departments of health and safety that are located within the Department of Labour and the Department of Minerals and Energy. 

Establishment of certification body in SA could improve export chances into the EU

By: Helene Le Roux     9th June 2006 The introduction of a new certification body promises to make it easier for South African machinery and equipment manufacturers to export their products to the European Union (EU). 

Top trade union owns 24 % of new healthcare JSE-listing aspirant

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd June 2006 Healthcare provider Imuniti Holdings, which is preparing to list on the JSE ALTx, plans to roll out 200 wellness centres in South Africa in the next three years. 

Companies contesting right to revamp 'fallen' health and safety 'angle'

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd June 2006 The international enterprise-wide risk-management group, InVeritas Global Holdings (IGH), has been launched in South Africa under the guidance of CEO Dr. Pieter Strydom and commercial director Dr. Carl Marx. 

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