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Title: Meeting the milestones: are South African small-to-medium-scale mines up to the task?
Authors: Dekker, JJ
Edwards, AL
Franz, RM
Van Dyk, T
Banyini, A
Keywords: Noise induced hearing loss
NIHL
International Standards Organization
Department of Minerals and Energy
Hearing Conservation Programmes
Hearing protection devices
Occupational noise
Mining
Metallurgy
Issue Date: May-2011
Publisher: Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Citation: Dekker, JJ, Edwards, AL, Franz, RM et al. 2011. Meeting the milestones: are South African small-to-medium-scale mines up to the task?. Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Vol 111, pp 309-313
Series/Report no.: Workflow request;3321
Abstract: Controlling noise has proven difficult in mining, and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) remains common. In 2008, a South African Mine Health and Safety Council study focused on small- to medium-sized mines in relation to the milestones set by the industry to prevent NIHL. An evaluation of the compliance of ten diamond, sand, aggregate and Readymix concrete mines and production sites with standards, legislation and best practice guidelines relating to NIHL prevention was conducted, using a noise compliance audit tool. The findings indicated that all mines surveyed had poor compliance with the international standards, compliance with International Standards Organization standards being the poorest. There was a clear distinction between the small and the medium-sized mines in their compliance with local standards and legislation (ranging from 14 per cent to 66 per cent). The areas of best compliance were audiology and medical examinations. The lower-than-expected compliance was largely attributable to shortcomings in hearing conservation programmes for occupational noise. Initiation of remedial practices in the small- to medium-scale mining sector to facilitate improvements in NIHL prevention and compliance with standards and legislation is recommended
Description: Copyright: 2011 Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. This is a pre print version of the paper. The definitive version is published in Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Vol 111, pp 309-313
URI: http://www.saimm.co.za/Journal/v111n05p309.pdf
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5222
ISSN: 0038-223X
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