Published on August 11, 2014
The course material is modied to suit local industry needs and cover South African HSE legislaon NOSA is looking forward to an extremely busy 2014 with posive changes and addions to our business. The regional banquets will be held over June and July this year, followed by our annual NOSCARS banquet which will be ed in with the 53rd NOSHCON conference and exhibion. NOSHCON will be held from the 9th – 12th September at Champagne Sports resort. We wish all our clients the best of luck with the upcoming nominaons and awards and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there. We thank you for your connued support and we look forward to providing world-class occupaonal risk management soluons to you in the 2014. Best Regards Jusn Hobday NOSA Managing Director Mining in 2014 As you all know the mining industry, both locally and internaonally, is not in the best posion it could be. Locally with the work stoppages the industry is experiencing some dicult challenges. This obviously impacts on us and we need to implement change to maintain business. One of the major challenges with the industry (and any industry for that maer) parcularly in these mes is to send sta for training. Sending sta for training is a vital exercise for most companies but also a costly one. We at NOSA have extended our oerings to include a range of e-learning courses enabling learners to study from home and in their own me to alleviate the cost of travel and accommodaon when aending a classroom based course. NOSA’s well-known SAMTRAC course has been developed on an e-learning plaorm to allow anyone to complete the material in the comfort of their own home. SAMTRAC e-learning is available for both general industry learners and mining learners and is available world-wide with relevant legislaon. This is truly a world class course seng a common standard internaonally providing praccal insight into HSE management. NOSA will sll be oering the classroom based SAMTRAC course at all of our centres across South Africa as well as in-house training for clients with 12 – 20 learners. World Day for Safety and Health at Work focusing on use of chemicals In 2012 to 2014, NOSA Occupaonal Hygiene Services, a division of NOSA (Pty) Ltd, has been operaonal providing services that include monitoring of Chemical Stress Factors, Physical Stress Factors, and Evaluaon of Indoor Air Quality and Venlaon Systems. It is vital that decision makers, managers and workers themselves, as well as all occupaonal health professionals, understand the essenal role that occupaonal hygiene plays in the protecon of workers’ health and of the environment, as well as the need for specialised professionals in this eld. The main focus for this arcle will be Chemicals in the work place. Occupaonal hygiene Occupaonal hygiene is the science of the ancipaon, recognion, evaluaon and control of hazards arising in or from the workplace, and which could impair the health and well-being of workers, also taking into account the possible impact on the surrounding communies and the general environment. Chemical agents come in various forms and one must be aware of the numerous types and sources of chemicals around us, at work and at home. Chemicals can be grouped into gases, vapours, liquids and aerosols (dusts, fumes, mists). Gases Gases are substances that can be changed to liquid or solid state only by the combined eects of increased pressure and decreased temperature. Handling gases always implies risk of exposure unless they are processed in closed systems. Vapours Vapours are the gaseous form of substances that normally are in the liquid or solid state at room temperature and normal pressure. When a liquid evaporates it changes to a gas and mixes with the surrounding air. Liquids Liquids may consist of a pure substance or a soluon of two or more substances (e.g., solvents, acids, alkalis). A liquid stored in an open container will parally evaporate into the gas phase. Dusts Dusts consist of inorganic and organic parcles, which can be classied as inhalable, thoracic or respirable, depending on parcle size. Fumes Fumes are solid parcles vaporized at high temperature and condensed to small parcles. The vaporizaon is oen accompanied by a chemical reacon such as oxidaon. Mists Mists are suspended liquid droplets generated by condensaon from the gaseous state to the liquid state or by breaking up a liquid into a dispersed state by splashing, foaming or atomising. Examples are oil mists from cung and grinding operaons, acid mists from electroplang. NOSA is commied to providing soluons to manage the health, safety and general well-being of all employees. Services oered by NOSA OHS comprise the ancipaon, recognion, evaluaon, communicaon and control of environmental stressors in, or arising from, the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or aect the well-being of employees. Clients serviced include a wide variety of businesses within the governmental, manufacturing, transport, industrial and petrochemical markets.