Mine Health and Safety Council The Driving Force towards ZERO HARM August 2014 Mine Safe Conference , Emperors Palace , Gauteng, South Africa Contents – Background – Mining industry milestones and targets – The Road to Zero Harm – MHSC Mandate – Conclusions 2 Health and Safety Yardstick Occupational Safety – Fatalities and Injuries – Milestones Industry Target: Zero rate of fatalities and injuries In the Gold Sector: By 2013, achieve safety performance levels equivalent to at least current international benchmarks for underground metalliferous mines In the Platinum, Coal and Other Sectors: By 2013, achieve constant and continuous improvement equivalent to at least current international benchmarks Occupational Health – Milestones Industry Target: Elimination of Silicosis Industry target: Elimination of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) By December 2008, 95% of all exposure measurement results will be below the occupational exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica of 0.1mg/m3 (these results are individual readings and not average results) After December 2013, using present diagnostic techniques, no new cases of silicosis will occur amongst previously unexposed individuals (Previously unexposed individuals = individuals unexposed prior to 2008, i.e. equivalent to a new person entering the industry in 2008) After December 2008, the hearing conservation programme implemented by the industry must ensure that there is no deterioration in hearing greater that 10% amongst occupationally exposed individuals By December 2013, the total noise emitted by all equipment installed in any workplace must not exceed a sound pressure level of 110dB(A) at any location in that workplace (includes individual pieces of equipment) Health and Safety Yardstick Occupational Safety Industry Target: Zero rate of fatalities and injuries Occupational Health Industry Target: Elimination of Silicosis Industry target: Elimination of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) ZERO HARM The road to ZERO HARM • Attaining ZERO HARM is a journey • Long • Windy • Very bumpy • SAMI has achieved major successes but the challenge is ever-constant. MHSC Mandate • • • • • Advise the Minister on all occupational health and safety issues in the mining industry relating to legislation, research and promotion Review and develop legislation for recommendation to the Minister Promote health and safety in the mining industry Oversee research in relation to health and safety in the mining industry Liaise with other bodies concerned with health and safety issues 6 MHSC Initiatives- OHS Summit Health and Safety Culture Learning industry • Implement culture transformation framework • Establish Centre of • Eliminate Silicosis Excellence for research, research implementation and • Eliminate NIHL capacity-building focusing on: • Eliminate falls of Ground • Improve OHS capacity • Improve tripartite relations Healthy and Safe Workplaces • Eliminate transport and • Ensure implementation • Reduce illiteracy in the mining machinery accidents sector of summit commitments • Increase scarce skills that are • Improve lifestyle of mine critical to OHS workers • Improve monitoring of occupation diseases • Integrate and simplify compensation system 7 2012 OHS Summit Initiatives - Progress Health and Safety Culture MHSC undertook the project • Implement culture transformation framework Changing Minds, Changing Mines • Improve tripartite relations • Ensure implementation of summit commitments to develop a framework into making a revolutionary change towards attaining zero harm in the sector. EVERY MINE EMPLOYEE SHALL RETURN HOME UNHARMED EVERY DAY. • November 2011, launch of Culture Transformation Framework with 11 pillars • Each focussing on various aspects that would improve the attitude and approach to OHS in the sector. • 5 of the pillars were prioritised Initiatives – Activities TRANSFORMING THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINING INDUSTRY 8 2011 HIV/AIDS & TB initiatives • At the Summit in November 2011, the principals agreed to work to the three pillars on HIV/AIDS, TB and Silicosis in the mining sector • PREVENTION • TREATMENT, CARE AND SUPPORT • RESEARCH, MONITORING & SURVEILLANCE • In total there are 22 areas focus. 9 MHSC Research Priorities and Process Total Fatalities per Classification Total Fatalities per Classification • Analysis of OHS performance EXP 2% Step 1 EXP 2% • Review of previously conducted research GEN 14% GEN 14% MISC 3% EL 3% FF 7% RB 8% MAC 7% Step 2 Step 3 • Latest Developments in OHS (national and international) • Development of Key Focus Area Step 5 • Project Execution Step 6 • Transfer of Research Outcomes Step 7 M ISC 3% FOG 38% M AC 7% EL 3% FF 7% RB 8% TMM 18% FOG 38% TM M 18% 2013-14 Legislative regulations Refuge Bays Regulations; Rail bound legislation; Electrical regulations; Trackless Mobile Equipment; Guidelines for Mine workers Incapacity due to Ill Health; Guidance Note on TB in the SAMI; Guidance Note of Practice for Risk based Emergency Care on a Mine; Guidelines on Mandatory Code of Practice on Roles, and Responsibilities of Occupational Health Practitioners and etc. Attaining ZERO HARM Skills, capacity and training Each set is critically important to the reach the target… Zero Harm The right mind set…. 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