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The Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate maintains information to ensure that all relevant information resources are made available to the South African mining industry as well as other clients, these include:

 

  • Objectives of the Mine Health and Safety Act as Amended (OMHSA)
  • Arrangement of the Mine Health and Safety regulations (AMHS)
  • Guidelines for Mandatory Codes of Practice (GMCP)
  • Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate Annual Report (MHSI)
  • Reports and Other Documents (ROD)

For more information, contact us at mhsi@dmr.gov.za

 

The objectives of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 ( Act 29 of 1996) as amended are:

  • To protect the health and safety of persons at mines
  • To require employers and employees to identify hazards and eliminate, control and minimise the risks relating to health and safety at mines
  • To give effect to the public international law obligations of the Republic that concern health and safety at mines
  • To provide for employee participation in matters of health and safety through health and safety representatives and the health and safety committees at mines
  • To provide for effective monitoring of health and safety conditions at mines
  • To provide for enforcement of health and safety measures at mines
  • To provide for investigations and inquiries to improve health and safety at mines; and 
  • To promote: 
    • A culture of health and safety in the mining industry
    • Training in health and safety in the mining industry; and
    • Co-operation and consultation on health and safety between the State, employers, employees and their representatives.

For more information, contact mhsi@dmr.gov.za.

The arrangement of the Mine Health and Safety regulations are:

Chapter 1: Appointments and administration
Chapter 2: Duties and responsibilities
Chapter 3: Electricity
Chapter 4: Explosives
Chapter 5: Fires and explosions
Chapter 6: Health and safety representatives and committees
Chapter 8: Machinery and equipment
Chapter 9: Mine environmental engineering and occupational hygiene
Chapter 10: Miscellaneous and general provisions
Chapter 11: Occupational medicine
Chapter 12: Offshore installations
Chapter 13: Outlets, ladderways and travelling ways
Chapter 14: Protection of the surface and the workings
Chapter 15: Qualifications and competencies
Chapter 16: Rescue, first aid and emergency preparedness and response
Chapter 17: Surveying, mapping and mine plans
Chapter 18: Tripartite institutions
Chapter 19: Underwater mining
Chapter 20: Definitions
Chapter 21: Forms
Chapter 22: Schedules
Chapter 23: Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences

For more information, contact us at mhsi@dmr.gov.za.

In accordance with Section 9(2) of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 ( Act 29 of 1996), as amended, an employer must prepare and implement a mandatory code of practice on any matter affecting the health or safety of employees and other persons who may be directly affected by activities at the mines. 

These codes of practice must comply with any relevant guideline issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines under Section 9(3) of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 ( Act 29 of 1996) 

Failure by the employer to prepare or implement a code of practice is a breach of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 ( Act 29 of 1996), as amended.

These codes of practice are divided into the following categories:

  • Mine Safety (DMR 16/3/2/1-range)
  • Mine Equipment Safety (DMR 16/3/2/2-range)
  • Occupational Medicine (DMR 16/3/2/3-range)
  • Occupational Hygiene (DMR 16/3/2/4-range)
  • Generic (DMR 16/3/2/5-range).
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The Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate Annual Report is a report by the Chief Inspector of Mines on health and safety at mines and the activities of the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate, compiled as required by Section 49(1)(j) of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 ( Act 29 of 1996), as amended.

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These are reports and document on various investigations, inquiries, audits and studies conducted by or for the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate.

For more information, contact us at mhsi@dmr.gov.za

 

 

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