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What are the regulations regarding an emergency escape from mines
What are the regulations regarding an emergency escape from mines Question:   Are there regulations with regard to emergency escape from mines, either underground or open?   Answer:    The Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 stipulate:   CHAPTER 16 RESCUE, FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE   16.2 Issuing of Self-Contained Self-Rescuers (1) Coal Mines The employer of every coal mine must ensure that no person goes underground at the mine without a body-worn self-contained self-rescuer, which complies with the South African Bureau of Standards specification SABS 1737.   (2) Mines other than Coal Mines If at any mine other than a coal mine, the risk assessment in terms of section 11 shows that there is a significant risk that employee's may be exposed to irrespirable atmospheres at any area at the mine, the employer must ensure that no person goes into such area without a body-worn
Saliva versus urine An overview of drug testing technologies
Saliva versus urine An overview of drug testing technologies Drug abuse is a growing problem in South Africa, as the variety of drugs available continue to increase and the cost of purchasing these drugs decrease. In fact, certain drugs are now cheaper than alcohol, which has led to a significant uptake in the number of users. The dangers and liabilitie
Miner dies at Harmony Gold
Miner dies at Harmony Gold A mineworker died in a tramming accident at Harmony Gold's Tshepong mine near Welkom on Monday, the company said.   “It is with great sadness that we learned of the fatality. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the deceased”, said chi
Lonmin to cut up to 5,700 jobs after 5 month wage strike
Lonmin to cut up to 5,700 jobs after 5 month wage strike Platinum producer Lonmin aims to cut around 5,700 jobs, about 21 percent of its South African workforce, as part of a drive to restore profits after a five-month wage strike this year, sources familiar with the plan said.   The plan would see the closure of four to six of the company's
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Reporting Unsafe Conditions at Mines and Quarries
Reporting Unsafe Conditions at Mines and Quarries
The Mining Safety website recently received an email from a worker at a quarry wishing to bring to our attention some very unsafe conditions. It was b
Alco-Safe, Breathalysers and Safety of Mineworkers
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Mining regulations on Lifting Machinery and Tackle
Mining regulations on Lifting Machinery and Tackle
 A visitor on the Mining Safety website raised this question: Question: Can you tell me what the mining regulations are on inspection of liftin
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