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New SETA CEO

New SETA CEO 17th May 2022 Matome Madibana has officially been appointed as chief executive officer at the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA). Madibana has worked with the MICT SETA for several years as senior manager: corporate services; acting senior manager: education, training and quality assurance; and acting CEO. In addition to his 20 years of experience in human resources and corporate services, he also holds an Honours B. Degree in industrial and […]

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Tech aids sustainable goals

Tech aids sustainable goals 17th May 2022 Car manufacturers face a range of global challenges as they strive to move towards sustainable manufacturing. Central to this is ensuring that production processes remain as clean and efficient as possible, while maintaining product quality and reducing wastage. Digital transformation is underpinning this drive towards sustainable manufacturing, with cloud-based technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) playing pivotal roles. Accuracy and timeliness One area where ML is supporting car manufacturers […]

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GHGs going down

GHGs going down 17th May 2022 team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has significantly improved the performance of numerical predictions for agricultural nitrous oxide emissions. The first-of-its-kind knowledge-guided machine learning (ML) model is said to be 1 000 times faster than current systems and could significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. The research was recently published in Geoscientific Model Development, a not-for-profit international scientific journal focused on numerical models of the Earth. Researchers involved were from the […]

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Biodegradable gloves: what to look for

Biodegradable gloves: what to look for 18th Mar 2022 The use of single-use gloves has exploded in the wake of the pandemic. Sustainable solutions are desperately needed to tackle the growing volume of associated waste. NICOLAS BYKOFF, head of content and digital marketing at SHOWA Europe, highlights five things to look for in a (good) single-use biodegradable glove. When you hear that a glove is biodegradable, you need to consider whether the glove will achieve a high level of degradability […]

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Are you assessing at the right level?

Are you assessing at the right level? 31st Mar 2022 Construction Regulation 5(1)(a) requires that “a baseline risk assessment is to be performed for an intended construction work project”. Unfortunately, not many health and safety practitioners are aware that there are different levels of risk assessment. Leighton Bennett, SHE and risk management consultant at Benrisk Occupational Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management Consultants, explains. The term “baseline risk assessment” is not defined in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation […]

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Spotlight on post-pandemic waste management

Spotlight on post-pandemic waste management 29th Mar 2022 The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed its concerns regarding the management of healthcare waste produced during the Covid-19 pandemic. The problem, however, is much wider than the millions of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) and vaccine items that compounded unsustainable waste management practices over the past two years. “We will soon shift from a period dominated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to a period of focus on realising […]

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Cipla goes green

Cipla goes green 4th Apr 2022 With a firm focus on sustainability, Cipla South Africa is implementing innovative measures to reduce its carbon footprint, such as digitising package inserts [PIs]. The PI will initially be accessible on a number of newly launched products, simply by scanning the QR code on the medicine packaging. Package inserts contain various details pertaining to the drug, such as its approved uses, the prescribing information, and risks or common side-effects of the medicine. These PIs are […]

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Death to fossil fuel?

Death to fossil fuel? 30th Mar 2022 If any good can come from the tragedy of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it will be the death of fossil fuels and birth of mass global decarbonisation. UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has said that “fossil fuels are a dead end”, adding that the Ukrainian war highlights how vulnerable these fuels have made the global economy and energy security, a problem solvable only by a “prompt, well-managed transition to renewables”.  Europe has been […]

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Exhibitor participation booming

Exhibitor participation booming 6th Apr 2022 The excitement is mounting behind the scenes for confirmed exhibitors at the continent’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) show, as preparations continue following a two-year gap. Specialised Exhibitions, the largest trade show organiser in southern Africa, announced earlier this year that A-OSH Expo was confirmed to go ahead in 2022. The expo will take place over three days, from May 31 to June 2, 2022, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. It is […]

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Top tips to protect people’s hearing at work

Top tips to protect people’s hearing at work 1st Apr 2022 To hear for life, listen with care – especially at work, writes Dr Karen Michell, research programme lead of occupational health at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Occupational exposure to noise is a significant contributor to hearing loss and happens in almost all work settings to varying degrees. The severity is dependent on factors such as the frequency (Hz) of the noise, loudness (dB), and duration […]

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