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harmony kusasalethu thumb100 Mining Weekly reports that Covid-19 prevention, mitigation and management programmes must be established at mines using a guideline gazetted by Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza on Tuesday.  

The guideline provides minimum requirements for the compilation of a code of practice (COP) to prevent and manage a Covid-19 outbreak.  The aim, the gazette notice points out, is to ensure that returning mine employees are protected from transmission of the virus in the workplace and, where reasonably practicable, in the community.  Failure by the employer to prepare and implement the mine’s COP in line with the guideline will constitute a criminal offence.  The startup procedures outlined include disinfecting vehicles, change houses, lamp rooms, refuge bays, offices, accommodation, guard houses, food areas and screening centres.  Dedicated 24-hour hotlines must be provided to allow employees to reach the mine’s dedicated healthcare workers.  Employees returning from Covid-19 epicentres must be quarantined for 14 days before they return to work.  Infection prevention and control measures must be applied when employees arrive at mine premises, with hand hygiene practices being included in underground work places.  Employees with elevated temperatures must be referred for further assessment, with all employees being screened daily and pre-shift screening including temperature checks.  Physical distancing of between one metre and two metres must be applied and relevant PPE provided for mass transport.  A system must be put in place to screen non-employees entering mine premises.  

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard at Mining Weekly
  • Read too, Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted, at Mining Weekly

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