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When in the process of planning a Mine Health and Safety Management System, all employers should be aware of the following:

  • The different categories of people that you should protect; and
  • The regulations concerned with mine health and safety applying to you and your mining operations.
  • It is of the utmost importance to gain a complete understanding of the above before safety systems are developed, risk assessments conducted, or policy statements written.

 

Different Categories of People and the points to
be addressed for each Category:

  • Employees-  An account should be taken of all employees’ capabilities before they carry out tasks. This includes their age, sex, size, physical strength, and their experience and competence concerning the tasks they are expected to perform;
  • They should receive adequate training as soon as they are appointed;
  • It is your duty as employer to provide them with information regarding changes in systems and procedures of work on a routine refresher basis; and
  • It is your duty as employer to provide them with information concerning the risks to health and safety associated with their jobs, the health and safety control measures, their obligation regarding health and safety, the emergency, fire, and accident procedures, the results of any monitoring and health surveillance, and the safe systems of work to be observed.

 

Employees with known disabilities

In addition to the points concerning employees:

  • You as employer should ensure that employees do not perform tasks or handle substances which present certain risks for them; and
  • The implementation of a staff health surveillance scheme is a good idea. This includes pre-employment health checks, and ongoing records of employee complaints, sickness, or absence. The scheme will also help in identifying existing disabilities.

 

Temporary Workers/Students/Trainees

Due to their unfamiliarity and inexperience, this is a particularly high risk group.

  • They should be provided with the same degree of protection as full employees;
  • You should stipulate special provisions for trainees regarding your systems of work; and
  • The point at which special provision is no longer needed for trainees for each system of work should be clearly demonstrated.

Visitors and the General Public

You as employer should ensure that your activities and premises do not present a risk to visitors or the general public.

  • Appropriate directions, instructions, and safety notices should be displayed;
  • Visitors should not be left unaccompanied or gain access to hazardous areas;
  • All visitors should be provided with sufficient safety information;
  • The offices, changing rooms, or toilets used by visitors should at all times be clean and tidy;
  • Sufficient protective clothing should always be available for use by visitors;
  • You should ensure that you have a plan for the premises available if emergency services are deployed. The positions of hazardous areas (gas cylinders, high voltages, dangerous chemicals) are important; and
  • You should consider your impact on the general public with regard to environmental hazards (dust, fumes, noise), as well as physical hazards (heavy works traffic, mud on the road).

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Contractors

In addition to the points regarding visitors/general public:

  • You as employer should ensure that contractors are fully informed regarding the risks and hazards to health and safety which they are exposed to on your site;
  • All contractors should be competent and their equipment should comply with statutory provisions; and
  • It is your responsibility to inform contractors of the measures they should take and the measures taken by you in order to ensure compliance with not only your systems of work, but also with legislative requirements.

 

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