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To provide for protection of the health and safety of employees and other persons at mines and, for that purpose:

  • To promote a culture of health and safety;
  • To provide for the enforcement of health and safety measures;
  • To provide for appropriate systems of employee, employer and State participation in health and safety matters;
  • To establish representative tripartite institutions to review legislation, promote health and enhance properly targeted research;
  • To provide for effective monitoring systems and inspections, investigations and enquiries to improve health and safety;
  • To promote training and human resources development;
  • To regulate employers’ and employees’ duties to identify hazards and eliminate, control and minimize the risk to health and safety;
  • To entrench the right to refuse to work in dangerous conditions;
  • To give effect to the public international law obligations of the Republic relating to mining health and safety; and
  • To provide for matters connected therewith.

 

Aims of the Mine Health and Safety Act

  • Protecting the health and safety of those involved at mines;
  • Requiring both employers and employees to identify hazards and control, minimize or eliminate risks relating to health and safety at mines;
  • Giving effect to the public international law obligations of the Republic concerning health and safety at mines;
  • Providing for employee participation in matters of health and safety through health and safety committees and health and safety representatives at mines;
  • Providing for effective monitoring of health and safety conditions at mines;
  • Providing for enforcement of health and safety measures at mines;
  • Providing for enquiries and investigations to improve health and safety at mines;
  • Promoting a culture of health and safety in the mining industry;
  • Promoting training in health and safety in the mining industry; and
  • Promoting consultation and co-operation on health and safety between the State, employers, employees, as well as their representatives.

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