Boletshe Holdings is the South African 100% black-owned company offering a wide range of services throughout the nine provinces of South Africa and neighbouring Southern Africa. If you need once-off or medium to long-term service, we are available to meet your needs.
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Occupational Hygiene Legal Appointment
In terms of Section 12(1) of the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996, as amended - " the employer must engage the part-time or full-time services of person qualified in occupational hygiene techniques to measure levels of exposure to hazards at the mine"
The qualified person referred to must be in possession of Certificate in Occupational Hygiene/ Mine Environmental Control, issued by Chamber of Mines of South Africa. Boletshe Holdings has competent individuals to carry part-time or full-time legal appointment in terms of Section 12(1) of the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 as amended
We provide part-time Section 12(1) legal appointment while -
- Your Occupational Hygienist is on leave;
- You are in the process of appointing a full-time Occupational Hygienist
Occupational Health Risks Management - (HIRA)
In terms of Section 5(1) of the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 - " As far as reasonably practicable, every employer must provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of employees". Healthy workers are essential to the success of any company.
Boletshe Holdings is the company of choice when it comes to assessing and responding to your company occupational hygiene hazards and risk.
Our occupational health risks management process is applied to existing and new work areas, equipment, plant and tasks, and it includes:
Identification of occupational hygiene hazards in the workplace
Assessment to determine the level of significant
implementation of appropriate control measures
Ongoing monitoring of controls to ensure controls remain appropriate and that they are being implemented
Regular reviews of hazard register and hazard management process
Our qualitative or quantitative Occupational Hygiene Hazards Identification and Risk Assessment cover the following types of workplace hazards:
Chemical (airborne pollutants, gases, vapours)
Physical (noise, heat stress, light, radiation),
Ergonomic (vibration, posture, motion),
Biological (bacteria, viruses),
Psychological (stress, violence, fatigue)
Mandatory Code of Practices
In terms of Section 9(2) of the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 - "An employer must prepare and implement a code of practice on any matter affecting the health and safety of employees and other persons who may be directly affected by activities at the mine if the Chief Inspector of Mines requires it". The Code of Practice must comply with the relevant guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines in terms of Section 9(3) of the MHS Act 29 of 1996.
It must be noted that failure by the employer to prepare or implement a COP in compliance wit the guideline issued by Chief Inspector of Mines is a breach of MHS Act 29 of 1996. Our objective is to ensure the employer comply with Section 9(2) by compiling and implementing the Mandatory Code of Practices in terms of the risk assessment at the workplace and in line with the Department of Mineral Resources guidelines issued by Chief inspector of Mines.
We have competent staff to compile the following Mandatory Code of Practices:
1. Mandatory Code of Practice : Noise - Guideline DMR Reference Number DME 16/3/2/4-A3 issued by Chief Inspector of Mines.
2. Mandatory Code of Practice - Personal Exposure to Airborne Pollutants - Guideline Reference Number DME 16/3/2/4-A1 issued by Chief Inspector of Mines.
3. Mandatory Code of Practice : Thermal Stress - Guideline DME Reference Number DME 16/3/2/4-A2 issued by Chief Inspector of Mines.
4. Mandatory Code of Practice : The Prevention of Flammable Gas Explosions in Mines Other than Coal Mines - Guideline DME Reference Number DME 16/3/2/1-A2 issued by Chief Inspector of Mines.
5. Mandatory Code of Practice : Emergency Preparedness and Response - Guideline DMR Reference Number DMR 16/3/2/1-A5 issued by Chief Inspector of Mines.
6. Mandatory Code of Practice : The Provision of personal Protective Equipment for Woman in the South African Mining Industry - Guideline DMR Reference Number DMR 16/3/2/5-A2 issued by Chief Inspector of Mines.
7. Mandatory Code of Practices : Serious Illness and Health Threatening Occurrences - Guideline DMR Reference Number DMR _______ issued by Chief Inspector of Mines
Occupational Hygiene Measurements and Monitoring
In terms of Section 12(2) of the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 - " Every system of occupational hygiene measurements must be appropriate, considering the hazards to which the employees are or may be exposed and must be design so that it provides information that the employer can use in determining measures to eliminate, control and minimize the health risks and hazards to which employees are or may be exposed".
Boletshe Holdings has competent staff and good quality monitoring instruments available to measure levels of exposure to hazards at the working environment to ensure that occupational hygiene exposure to health hazards is maintained below the limits set by the authority.
Our occupational hygiene exposure measurements include but not limited to:
1. Workplace Airborne Dust, Gases and Vapour Sampling and Monitoring
Continuous exposure to excessive hazardous contaminants can lead to incurable lung diseases. There are three types of contaminants according to their physical properties, that is:
- Particulates include dust, fumes, smokes, mists and aerosols
Boletshe Holdings uses the latest personal sampling pumps to sample occupational exposure to airborne dust, gases and vapour. With different sampling methods, we accurately sample for:
- Inhalable personal airborne dust (PNOC),
- Respirable personal airborne dust (PNOC),
- Area airborne dust (PNOC),
- Welding fumes gravimetric sampling
- Diesel particulate matters (DPMs) gravimetric sampling
- Sorbent air sampling
- Bag air sampling
2. Workplace Noise Assessment and Monitoring
Continuous exposure to loud noise can lead to permanent, incurable hearing loss or tinnitus. In terms of Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Regulations (R.307 of 07/03/2003) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (85/1993), all workplaces where it is considered that employees may be exposed to noise exceeding LAeq,8h, 85dB(A), a comprehensive Hearing Conservation Programme (HCP) shall be implement.
Boletshe Holdings uses the latest instrumentation in order to accurately measure occupational noise exposure. Our instruments include:
- Sound Level Meters conforming to Type 1 and Type 2
- Dosimeter conforming to Type 1
- Calibrators for checking instruments accuracy
Our occupational noise assessment and monitoring program includes:
- Area noise measurements
- Personal noise exposure measurements
- Equipment sound pressure level measurements
- Noisy area zoning and noisy equipment labeling
- Employee education, awareness and training
- Evaluation of Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs)
- Hearing Conservation Programme Evaluation
Occupational Hygiene Laboratory Analysis
Accreditation is very important in the quality of analysis and it ensures that tests are conducted by a competent individual, with the right equipment, and in the right environment to guarantee test results. Boletshe Holdings uses accredited and certified external Laboratory Service Providers to provide our customers with independent third party analysis services to assist them in ensuring that the occupational exposure to health hazards of employees are maintained below the set limits.
The analysis services we provide include:
Alpha Quartz Silica Dust
Manganese Dust Concentration
Iron Oxide Dust Concentration
Diesel Particulate Matters (DPMs)
Volatile Organic Compounds
Alkaline Dust Concentration
Mineral Oil Mist
Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Human Vibration Assessment
The employer is required to conduct risks assessment to determine operational activities in which employees are or likely to be exposed to risk from mechanical vibration during their regular work. The employer must also assess and where necessary measure the level of mechanical vibration to which employees are exposed.
The mechanical vibrations to which employee are likely to be exposed to involve:
- Whole-body vibration,
- Hand-arm vibration
Boletshe Holdings mechanical vibration assessment and measurement are carried out by our qualified Occupational Hygienist using the latest range of Larson Davis Human Meter HVM100. We also take particular account of the requirements of Directive 89/391/EEC of the European Parliament and of the Council of the 25 June 2002 on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of the workers to the risks arising from mechanical vibration (whole-body and hand-arm vibration) from workplaces.
1. Whole-body Vibration (WBV) Assessment
Whole-body vibration is the mechanical vibration that, when transmitted to the whole body, entails risks to the health and safety of employees, in particular, low-back morbidity and trauma of the spine.
Employee exposure to whole-body vibration must assess where the daily exposure limit values and action values are as follows:
- daily exposure limit value is equal or greater than 1.15m/s2,(A8) and
- daily exposure action value is equal or greater than 0.5 m/s2,(A8)
2. Hand-arm Vibration (WBV) Assessment
Hand-arm vibration is the mechanical vibration that, when transmitted to the human hand-arm system, entails risks to the health and safety of employees, in particular vascular, bone or joint, neurological or muscular disorder.
Employee exposure to hand-arm vibration must be assess where the daily exposure limit values and action values are as follows:
- daily exposure limit value is equal or greater than 5 m/s2, (A8),
- daily exposure action value is equal or greater tahn 2.5 m/s2, (A8).
For your workplace human vibration assessment needs, give Boletshe Holdings a call. We have the right instrument and competent Occupational Hygienist to assist you.
We conduct ergonomics assessment for manual handling and mining equipment seating, operator cabin and access steps.
Diesel Exhaust Emission Testing
We conduct diesel exhaust fumes on underground and surface vehicles
Light Intensity Measurements
We conduct machinery and environmental light intensity measurements
Indoor Air Quality Testing
We conduct indoor air quality tests inside offices and machines cabin
Environmental Surface Swab Sampling
We conduct environmental surface swab samples
Auditing of Occupational Hygiene and Mine Ventilation Systems
We conduct occupational hygiene and mine ventilation systems audit to check compliance in terms of Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996
Environmental Noise Assessment
We conduct environmental and community noise assessment
Environmental Air Quality Monitoring
We conduct environmental air quality monitoring for dust fall-out and particulate matter PM10 monitoring.
We provide contract cleaning services which include offices cleaning, general facilities cleaning, carpet cleaning, window cleaning and special events cleaning
During & After Construction Cleaning
We conduct during and after construction cleaning services
Supply, Installation & Servicing of Hygiene Systems
We supply, install and service hygiene system units