Author:sheq-management

NOSA Testing method now accredited for waste water

Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right and is vital to human health. The South African National Standard (SANS) 241 Drinking Water Specification states the minimum requirements for potable water to be considered safe for human consumption. This includes effluent water generated in multiple operations in myriad industries, including mining, food and industrial processes. In other words, any water used, treated and then tested following any of these applications must be clean enough that a person could […]

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Workplace equality an elusive concept, for now 

With 2018 highlighting movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, which actively denounce the unequal treatment of women, one could argue that women are finally on their way towards meaningful change, even in the workplace, but is this the case? LIANA SHAW reports “JP Morgan: Is Wall Street’s first female boss a step closer?” That this headline was chosen by the BBC to announce Marianne Lake’s April appointment to head of consumer lending business, speaks volumes for the lack of progress […]

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War on single-use plastic

Plastics SA believes the ban of single-use plastic bags by retailers, shopping malls and even countries is a rash response. MARISKA MORRIS investigates whether this is mass hysteria or the best solution to single-use plastic waste The United Nations officially started the countdown to an environmental catastrophe last year when it announced that the global population has only 12 years to prevent the irreversible damage caused by global warming. It is no wonder then that more people are taking environmentally […]

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The kind of rubber that really matters

With the introduction of dual-compound rubber-soling technology in Africa, footwear can now offer better durability and more comfort Even when working in the same industry, employees often require footwear that is fit for different purposes with varying levels of protection. Traditionally, people working in extreme or hazardous conditions required footwear with a single-density vulcanised rubber sole, a nitrile rubber sole, or a dual-density polyurethane rubber sole. The single-density rubber sole can compromise on comfort as it makes for a heavy […]

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Training to save lives

From relocating its Johannesburg training facilities and complying with new regulations to the importance of first-aid training, St John South Africa used the 2019 A-OSH Expo as an opportunity to inform First-aid training provider, St John, is no stranger to A-OSH and this was its fourth consecutive year at the occupational safety and health (OSH) exhibition. Taking part in the event, which brought numerous industry players to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, is a “no-brainer” for the organisation. “The […]

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Turning plastic into diesel

Global petroleum company BP has signed an agreement to buy diesel manufactured from plastic, highlighting the vital roles that innovation and technology play in driving the world’s transition to a lower-carbon future Trucks that run on electricity are beginning to become more familiar, but what about trucks which run on diesel derived from plastic waste? A new plant opening in the United States (US) is aimed at enabling just that. Brightmark Energy broke ground recently on a US$ 260-million (about […]

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Bolstering business and safety in Botswana

To increase awareness of health and safety in Botswana, A-OSH Expo Botswana has co-located with Electra Mining to stage a major event in Gaborone Electra Mining Botswana is expecting more than 2 000 people to visit its mining, industrial and power-generation expo at the Gaborone Fairgrounds from September 10 to 12. Specially designed to promote business growth in Botswana, displays at the trade show will feature each of the sectors’ latest technologies, machinery, products and solutions. The event will be […]

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Haven of peace for business travellers

Research shows that, in order to reduce stress levels caused by being away from home, business travellers require a hotel that’s properly aimed at keeping them calm A recent study by the German Travel Association (DRV) reveals that 53 percent of business travellers find journeying particularly stressful. Long hours on the road, bad connections between flights, being separated from family and friends – these are just some of the negative factors that mood and performance. Even having to stay in […]

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Porsche sets factory benchmarks

Sports car maker Porsche has received a Platinum Award from the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen, DGNB) for its Leipzig plant. The facility, which covers 427 ha, was assessed in 28 categories involving 167 criteria, including environmental protection, biodiversity, energy management and its effect on the local urban environment. The award marks the second time a Porsche factory has won the DGNB’s Platinum certificate. In 2017, parts of the brand’s main plant at Zuffenhausen received similar […]

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Safer, quicker airport security

There is nothing more frustrating for a frequent flyer than getting stuck behind someone unfamiliar with airport security check points. As a first-time flyer slowly removes a laptop and accidently puts it with his or her luggage, a groan from skilled flyers is almost audible. Security is, however, essential for the safety of the 40-million South Africans – and a growing number of international visitors – who travel through the country’s nine major airports each year. What if security can […]

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