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The Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa
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Colliery Branch
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Greetings from Incoming Chairman
MVS Colliery Diary
MVS Colliery Conference
Suppliers Support
Networking
Long visit 2013
Article: MOSH
Exam Q & A
Exam Dates: 2014
10th International MV Congress
Invitations
Achievements
Greetings from Incoming Chairman
Third Quarter 2014,
Volume 9, Issue 1
New Handbook Launched!
Publication of the Ventilation & Occupational
Environment Engineering in Mines text book
officially launched at the 10th International
Mine Ventilation Conference on the 5 August
2014 at Sun City South Africa.
The Book titled “Ventilation & Occupational
Environment Engineering in Mines” was,
edited by Prof JJL du Plessis from the
Department of Mining Engineering from the
University of Pretoria. This is the flagship
publication of the Mine Ventilation Society of
South Africa and is an update of the previous
edition entitled Environmental Engineering in
South African Mines (last published in 1989).
I want to thank the members for electing me as
the MVS Colliery Branch Chairman for 2014.
I’m conscious of the duties and tasks ahead
and it is with excitement that I look forward to
the coming year.
Hard work, dedication and commitment will be
required to live up to the standards that was set
by the previous Chairman and committee.
I am proud and honored to be part of an
excellent committee that never backs down for
any challenge. We as a committee look forward
to serve our members and make 2014 an
exiting year!!
Prof Jan Du Plessis: Editor
Regards,
Gerrie Erasmus
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Third Quarter 2014,
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Committee 2014:
The committee member for 2013/2014 are as
follows:
•
Gerrie Erasmus
– Chairman
•
Derick Bezuidenhout
– Immediate Past
•
Neil McPherson
– Treasurer
•
Oliver Nelson
–Visits &
Conference
Chairman
•
Liska Cronje
– Newsletter
•
Tshidiso Matshidiso
– Assist Visits
•
Khumbula Bhembe
– Training
Co-Editor
•
Julize van Niekerk
– Newsletter
Editor
•
Jan Combrink
– Visits &
Conference
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MVS Colliery Diary
Third Quarter 2014,
Volume 9, Issue 1
MVS Colliery Conference 2013
Monthly:
MVS Colliery Branch Committee Meetings
27/28 March 2014:
Refrigeration Plant Visit
13 May 2014:
MVS Colliery Branch AGM 2014
22 October 2014 (TBC):
MVS Ladies Tea
13 November 2014:
MVS Colliery Branch Conference 2014
MVS Colliery Committee 2013 - 2014
15 September 2014:
Kloppersbos Visit
MVS Colliery Conference 2013
The Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa’s Colliery
Branch Annual Conference was held on 21 November
2013 at Tweefontein Colliery. The Conference was
followed with the members networking whilst playing
golf. The committee would like to thank all present for
supporting the Colliery Branch at this AGM.
MVS Colliery Chairman 2012-2013:
Derick Bezuidenhout
Attendees
MVS Colliery Incoming Chairman 2013-2014:
Gerrie Erasmus
Presentations
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Suppliers Support To MVS Colliery
Branch Conference
Third Quarter 2014,
Volume 9, Issue 1
Conference Networking
The MVS Colliery Branch Committee would like to
give special thank you to the following suppliers
who contributed at the MVS Colliery Branch
Conference on 21 November 2013:
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Long Visit
The Committee arranged the annual Long Visit
during August and visited CFW Fans in Cape Town
on 15 August 2013.
Third Quarter 2014,
Volume 9, Issue 1
MOSH: Mine Occupational Safety &
Health
The MOSH Leading Practice adoption system was
developed to assist industry in its efforts to meet the
Tripartite agreed Occupational Safety and Health
milestones.
The milestones were agreed to in 2003 and in 2005
the CEOs of the major mining companies committed
their companies to achieve the 2013 milestones.
The MOSH Adoption system was developed in 2007
and piloted in 2008.
The Task Force is comprised of senior executives
from mining companies. It decides on the major areas
of risk to be addressed by the adoption system.
The MOSH Adoption Teams are led by experienced
persons seconded to the Learning Hub by mining
companies. The teams, which include representatives
from the mining companies, are supported by a
specialist secretariat.
Leading Practices having the greatest OHS
improvement potential are selected at a workshop
involving technical experts drawn from the mining
companies and other organisations as appropriate.
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Exam Question and Answer
EXAMINATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE IN MINE
ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
Mines Rescue Service Provider
PAPER 6
Section B Questions
1. State the requirements with regards to the
number of rescue teams that must be kept on
a mine.
8 marks
Employer Responsibility - Mine Rescue Teams
16.5(1) The employer at every underground mine
must(a) provide and maintain, readily available at the
mine, mine rescue teams, consisting of at least five
competent persons, per mine rescue team, in the
following minimum proportions determined by the
maximum number of persons who could be
underground at any one timei) where there could be between 100 and 1100
persons underground, at least 1 mine rescue team;
ii) where there could be between 1101 and 3600
persons underground at least 2 mine rescue teams;
iii) where there could be between 3601 and 8100
persons underground at least 3 mine rescue teams;
and
iv) where there could be more than 8100 persons
underground at least 3 mine rescue teams and at
least 1 additional mine rescue team for every
additional 6300 persons who could be underground;
2. State the requirements of a Mine Rescue
Service provider as detailed in the
regulations.
10 marks
16.5(2) For the purposes of regulation 16.5(1)(c) and
(d), a mines rescue service provider musta) be an organisation/institution which has personnel
with specialist knowledge and experience in mines
rescue and emergencies and which has access to
rescue equipment and training facilities, including
facilities for Heat Tolerance Testing, Workload Testing
and Simulated Training;
b) render an emergency rescue service on a cooperative basis;
c) provide mines rescue services with emphasis on
mobilisation of mine rescue teams, quantity or access
to rescue teams, emergency communication, additional
emergency resources, back up facilities and transport;
d) ensure that any breathing apparatus that may be
used by mine rescue teams continually complies with
SANS 50145:1997/EN 145:1997 “Respiratory
protective devices - Self-contained closed-circuit
breathing apparatus - Compressed oxygen or
compressed oxygen-nitrogen type - Requirements,
testing, marking”;
e) ensure that their personnel is competent to check
and maintain any rescue equipment used by it in
accordance with the Original Equipment
Manufacturer’s specifications;
f) test and maintain the functional performance of any
other rescue equipment used by it in accordance with
the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s specifications;
and
g) ensure that the rescue team members used by them
to provide mines rescue services meet the qualification
requirements as prescribed in Chapter 22.
3. What are the measures that must be put in
place where a main fan is installed where there
is a significant risk of a flammable gas or coal
dust explosion.
8 marks
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Exam Question and Answer Exam Dates 2014
8.6(2) The employer must ensure , where significant
risk of an explosion od flammable gas or coal dust
exists, that measures are in place to ensure that
there is always a supply of clean air to all
underground working places. Such measures must
include:
a) Installing the main fan on surface;
b) providing an effective means of protecting the
main fan against damage caused be explosion;
c) Ensuring the main fan is readily accessible to
effect emergency repairs; and
d) Having a back up system in place to provide
clean air should the main fan become
inoperative.
4. State what the regulations specify with
regards to early warning systems. 4 Marks
Early Warning Systems
9.1(2) Where the risk assessment at the mine
indicates a significant risk of a fire and/or explosion
and/or toxic release, that could lead to an
irrespirable atmosphere or an atmosphere
immediately dangerous to life or health, the
employer must provide an early warning system or
systems at all working places
5. State what the regulations specify with
regards to ventilation control devices. 4 Marks
Ventilation Control Devices
9.1(3) The employer must ensure that polymer
underground ventilation control devices or
appliances, which have' the potential for electrical
static discharge(a) comply with the SABS standard specifications
1287: Part I and Part II; and
(b) are of anti-static characteristics when used in
working places where
there is a risk of igniting gas, dust or vapour.
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Invitations: Book the date!
High Tea
Ventilation & Occupational Hygiene
Professionals
Annual Colliery Branch Conference
13 November 2014
22 October 2014
For one day only,
leave the black dirt
behind, dress up
and embrace in your
femininity!
We would like to
invite all our female
colleagues to join
us for an afternoon
filled with fun &
laughter.
Wear a hat or a
brooch as entry fee!
We would like to invite all members (and those not
yet, but who should be!) to attend the Annual
Conference at Tweefontein this year.
It will be informative with relevant topics being
presented. The formal proceedings will be finalized
by lunchtime and thereafter you are welcome to join
us for a round of golf – Make sure your female
colleagues are joining us: Three Jack’s and a Jill!
Guest Speakers!
Kloppersbos Visit
15 September 2014
If you haven't been to the CSIR facility to witness a Methane Explosion, and you are working on a Coal Mine,
make sure you don’t miss this opportunity! We have space for 30 delegates max!
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Achievements
Congratulations to
Marijke Bamford & Elvis Thobela
on obtaining their
Intermediate Certificate in Mine Environmental Control/Occupational Hygiene.
&
Motsoane Motsoane
Hlosi Ntsuba
Eric Nkosi
on obtaining their
Certificate in Mine Environmental Control/Occupational Hygiene”.
Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa
Colliery Branch
Contact us with news and views – anything you might
find of interest or want to share – we are waiting
Phone: Julize (Editor) 084 240 7608
Liska (Co-Editor) 082 777 4324
E-Mail: [email protected]
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