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miners2Mining Weekly reports that workplace health and safety compensation funds Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company and the Department of Labour Compensation Fund on Thursday launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign.  

Also part of the launch in Ekurhuleni was the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).  The campaign aims to shift workplace safety from compensation towards a prevention-first culture and aims to be in line with international trends, such as the concept of zero harm to workers that was agreed to by a number of countries during the 2017 global health and safety conference.  “The Vision Zero concept is based on the acceptance that all workplace injuries are preventable and that we can work productively, while causing zero harm,” Labour Deputy Minister Phathekile Holomisahe stated.  DMR Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant, emphasised the importance of collaboration among workers, employers, worker organisations, compensation funds and government departments to effectively tackle workplace safety.  The campaign kicked off with a focus on preventing noise-induced hearing loss, which is 100% preventable but constitutes 86% of the claims submitted to compensation funds in SA.  

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