Mining Medicals

Mining is well known as a potentially dangerous industry that poses many occupational health and safety risks to workers. Strict laws prescribe that each worker undergoes a pre-employment medical, to obtain what is known as a Red Ticket, and exit medicals are legally mandated too.

Every person working on a mine in South Africa is required to have a so-called Red Ticket – a valid medical certificate stating that he or she is fit
to work – prior to entering a job site. This extends to short-term contract
workers too.

Follow-up medicals will depend on a worker’s individual risk profile, but will take place at least once a year. And when a person leaves his or her position, for whatever reason, an exit medical is a legal requirement. A mining medical generally consists of:
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  • Full physical examination, including
    eye and audio tests
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Chest X-ray
  • Drug strip test

We will also do biological monitoring if a risk assessment shows that a mineworker is, for example, exposed to lead.

The risks mineworkers are exposed to vary widely and will depend on the type of mine and the commodity that is being mined.

All mines must report each year on the number of initial, periodical and exit examinations that have been conducted as part of their medical surveillance system. This report goes to the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate and must be compiled by a certified occupational
medical practitioner (OMP).

Among other things, it should also include:

  • An analysis of the employees’ health based on their records of medical surveillance.
  • Comments on the future direction of the medical surveillance system.
  • The number of employees certified for compensation for occupational diseases.
  • The total number of employees, including contract workers, who were subjected to medical surveillance in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act 1996, as amended, during the reporting period and the total of hours worked
    by those employees.

The following chart shows the test are done for each category:


Well-trained employees are safe employees

Your construction site is only as safe as the employees working for you – and often they are working alone, without your oversight. They need to know what to do when an unexpected event occurs in order to manage the most rapid response possible and minimise risk exposure, injuries and even deaths.

We can help you with your safety training programme either on-site or at our head office in Midrand, where we have classrooms as well as scaffolding to train employees working on heights. This division aims to take the burden of compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act away from you so that you can focus on your core functions.

Other health and safety services

Our training is certified by the Health & Welfare Seta and the Construction Seta. We specialise in:

  • Working on heights Scaffold erecting and inspection
  • First aid level 1
  • Health and safety representative
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Basic fire-fighting
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Safety Files

We will open and manage your contractor health and safety files for you, ensuring all documentation required in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act as well as the Construction Regulations are properly kept and maintained.

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Risk Assessments

We will conduct a complete audit to assess your compliance with all aspects of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This includes a general facility safety inspection of aspects such as storage, lighting, air handling, sanitation, hazardous products, emergency equipment, and so forth. We also develop safety plans as well as fall protection plans. In addition, we offer contractor management to ensure that contractors working on your premises are in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This ensures that their activities do not place you at risk of non-compliance.

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Incident Investigation

We can investigate all incidents in the workplace and help you to develop and implement action plans to prevent them happening again.