It goes without saying, or rather should go without saying that in industries where your teams’ life is on the line (such as mining), sourcing the most innovative, top-of-the range safety equipment is of the highest priority. Quality versus subpar gear can spell the difference between the life and death of your company and team. And this could not ring truer in view of buying the right cap lamps for your mining team. Read more
As part of their SHERQ (safety, health, environment, risk, quality) strategy, which aims to create a culture wherein Illovo employees believe that all occupational injuries are foreseeable and preventable, Illovo recently organised a safety day for their staff at theirSezela Sugar Mill site, based in KwaZulu-Natal.
Based in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, the KwaMnyandu Taxi Owners Association recently purchased two Lifeloc FC10 breathalysers from PSA Africa. This decision was made ahead of the past festive season, which had seen a 16 % increase in South African road deaths.
In an effort to help reduce the number of taxi accidents throughout the eThekwini area at large and make a positive impact within the community they serve, KwaMnyandu took it upon themselves to invest in one of the most reliable instruments available to the transport industry. Read more
PSA are proud to announce that they have recently launched their new XCAT detection system. This portable device boasts impressive optical detection technology, and is unique in the versatility that it displays.
Most detection systems are limited to the range of substances that they can pick up, whereas the XCAT is able to identify a wide range of substances such as explosives, narcotics and gunshot residue. Because of this, and the fact that it has been designed to screen an area or person quickly and effectively, it is ideally suited for use in law enforcement, crime scenes, ports and airports.
A Lifeloc Sentinel automatic breathalyzer introduced to a local mine with approximately 2000 employees can test every single one of them for alcohol before allowing them on site: a vast improvement on the previous capability of randomly testing just 30%. The mine’s employees pass quickly through five turnstiles daily without bottlenecks.
World Day of Remembrance is celebrated around the world on the 3rd Sunday of November each year and pays tribute to those that have lost their lives through road accidents, particularly through drunk driving. This year local restaurant Spiga ‘d Oro organized the event held at Sutton Park and rallied the community and businesses to be part of the day. Pictured here is Michael Crossland of Precision Safety Appliances (PSA); Caro Smit, Director of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and Hank Lombard also from PSA. PSA supply Lifeloc breathalysers which are used by Metro Police as well as businesses with a need to test their staff. “We’re always looking for ways to educate drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol so we jumped at the opportunity to be help sponsor this event” said Hank. The best way to ensure you’re safe to drive is to use a breathalyser but we realise most people don’t have access to one. So we decided to create brochures to help educate the public on how to calculate their blood alcohol concentration as well as give advice on safe drinking habits. However the best and safest attitude to have is that if you plan on driving, don’t drink.
The abuse of drugs and alcohol over the annual festive season can have a terribly destructive effect on families, communities, on our roads and in the workplace. “This is why it’s essential to support any initiative that aims to curb abuse and save lives,” said alcohol abuse testing expert Hank Lombard.
In his presentation of the 2011/2012 SAPS National Crime Statistics to Parliament, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa noted that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs had increased by 2.9%. This was on the back of a 4.5% increase in 2010/2011, and the Minister echoed the sentiments of many road-users when he said “this is worrying, particularly as fatalities continue to be associated with drunk-driving.”
Alcohol is one of the leading causes of road deaths worldwide, and South Africa follows world trends in this respect. It seems logical, therefore, that lowering the maximum permissible blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for drivers would contribute towards reducing fatal drinking and driving accidents. It appears that this isn’t necessarily the case and public discussion on this debate has been prompted by the Department of Transport’s (DOT) proposed amendment to legal BAC.
The consequences of a drop in safety standards at National Key Points, Strategic Installations and Places of Importance don’t only have legal implications. They can also mean loss of life and the interruption of strategic services, so it is vital that clear procedures, reliable instrumentation and trained personnel are in place to monitor potential dangers such as substance abuse by employees.
Substance abuse is an increasing headache in the workplace. It can have dire consequences in terms of safety, morale and production, no matter what size the business. Investment in reliable detection solutions, used in conjunction with a sound health and safety policy, can go a long way towards avoiding unhealthy tensions or even life-threatening incidents on the shop floor.
As the official supplier of Lifeloc Technologies’ products in South Africa, Precision Safety Appliances (PSA) is fully behind the company’s decision to join the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD) as a member organisation. WFAD is a multilateral community of non-governmental organisations and individuals working for a drug-free world.
Its office party season, where bosses and employees indulge in excessive alcohol consumption, committing irreversible mistakes made under the influence of both the booze and the festive atmosphere. Trawl the internet and you’ll find surveys and stories of regretful behaviour brought on by ‘just a few drinks’. In one office party survey, 75% of respondents regretted their indiscretions the next day and 60% changed their opinion of a colleague after witnessing their blunders.
Hydrogen Sulfide (H₂S) is a highly toxic and flammable gas that is considered to be a broad spectrum poison, adversely affecting many different systems in the human body. It is a hazard found in a number of industries and early detection is essential to maintain safe working conditions in these industries.
“The gas occurs in working environments such as petroleum and natural gas drilling and refining; waste water treatment; coke ovens; tanneries; paper mills; and the bacterial breakdown of organic matter. Early detection is important if we’re to avoid poisoning employees,” said PSA’s Hank Lombard.