MRA Safety in Deep Mining

Tuesday 15 July – Thursday 17 July 2008

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday 15 July 2008 

Session: 0.1.1
WORKSHOP: Safety in deep and high-stress mining

09h00 – 10h30

From Emergency Response to Crisis Anticipation: Alignment of mine emergency management systems (MEMS), OHSAS 18001 and SHEQ Criteria
Workshop leader: Bridget Hughes, Director, Implex Legal Compliance Solutions , South Africa

11h00 – 12h30

Legal update: The implications of the mine health and safety presidential audits and the draft changes to the Mine Health and Safety Act
Workshop leader: Lucinda van Rensburg, Managing Director, Implex Legal Compliance Solutions , South Africa

13h30 – 15h00

Cage emergency braking
Workshop leader: Andre du Preez, Chief Executive Officer, Horne International, South Africa

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 16 July 2008 

Opening session: 1.0.1

Integrated governance
Chairman: Antonio Ruffini, Editor, Mining Review Africa, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote address:
Thabo Gazi, Chief Inspector of Mines, Department of Minerals and Energy, South Africa

09h30 – 10h30

Panel discussion: Integrated governance to ensure sustainable safety in deep mining
Moderator: Paul White, Minerals and Energy Resource Specialist, US Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa

Panelists:

  • Tibor Szana, Acting Chief Director: Occupational Health and Safety, Department of Labour, South Africa
  • Senzeni Zokwana, President, National Union of Mine Workers (NUM), South Africa
  • Thabo Gazi, Chief Inspector of Mines, Department of Minerals and Energy, South Africa
  • Antonio Ruffini, Editor, Mining Review Africa, South Africa
Session 1.1.1

Planning for operational effectiveness and increased productivity
Chairman: Brian O’Connor, Council Member and Past President, Association of Mine Resident Engineers, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Systems engineering and safety design for operational effectiveness
Johann Holm, Director: Professional Services, Faculty of Engineering, North West University, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

Managing changes to support systems during project implementation
Dave Wilson, Lead: Geotechnical, DeBeers Consolidated Mines, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

Making the connection between occupational health risks, fitness to work and productivity
Cas Badenhorst, Group Occupational Hygiene Specialist, Anglo Platinum, South Africa

Session 1.2.1

Review of safety trends in deep mining
Chairman: Don Ritz, Vice President: Safety and Health, Barrick Gold Corporation, USA

13h30 – 14h00

Engineering safety solutions in mining at Anglo Platinum
Brian O’Connor, Consulting Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Anglo Platinum, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

The role various accreditation systems play in improving safety
Danie Williams, Operations Director, NOSA, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00

Accident prevention strategies – expectations and lessons learned
Koos Barnard, Senior Manager: Operations, Driefontein Gold Mine, Goldfields, South Africa

Session 1.3.1

Technical briefings
Chairman: Danie Williams, Operations Director, NOSA, South Africa

15h30 – 16h00

Cage emergency braking systems
Neil Cawdry, Managing Director, Horne International, South Africa

16h00 – 16h30

Occupational Risk Management
Jonathan Boucher, MSA ORM Manager, MSA Group, South Africa

 Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 17 July 2008 

Session 2.0.1

Safety education and management: making safety a priority at every level
Chairman: Paul White, Minerals and Energy Resource Specialist, US Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa

09h00 – 10h00

Keynote address: Courageous leadership approach to safety
Don Ritz, Vice President: Safety and Health, Barrick Gold Corporation, USA

10h00 – 10h30

Developing a culture of safety that will increase the bottom line
Leo Strydom, Managing Member, Behaviour Based Initiatives, South Africa

Session 2.1.1

Change management, skills development and health
Chairman: Lindiwe Ndelu, Director: Medical Bureau of Occupational Diseases, Department of Health, South Africa

11h00 – 11h45

The people factor in transformation           
Jonathan Cook, Senior Lecturer, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, South Africa

11h45 – 12h30

Wellness management within mines – HIV AIDS, TB and Silicosis
Douglas Smith, Director and National Training Manager, Education, Training and Counselling (ETC), South Africa

Session 2.2.1

Environmental challenges and solutions
Chairman: Declan Vogt, Mining Group Manager, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Case Study: Implementation of ice-cooling systems for improved working conditions
Jan du Plessis, Senior Consultant: Occupational Environment, Gold Fields, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Digital integrated seismic monitoring
Gerrie van Aswegen, Head: Mining Division, ISS International, South Africa

Session 2.3.1

Closing
Chairman: Antonio Ruffini, Editor, Mining Review Africa, South Africa

15h00 – 15h30

The Risk Management Journey
Patrick Foster, Senior Lecturer: Mining Engineering, IRCA Global/Camborne School of Mines, UK

15h30 – 16h30

Panel discussion: What’s still down there?
Moderator: Angus Auchterlonie, Senior Mineral Economist, Mineral Economics and Strategy Unit, Mintek, South Africa

Panelists:

  • Declan Vogt, Mining Group Manager, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
  • Jan du Plessis, Senior Consultant: Occupational Environment, Gold Fields, South Africa
  • Koos Barnard, Senior Manager: Operations, Driefontein Gold Mine, Goldfields, South Africa
  • Patrick Foster, Senior Lecturer: Mining Engineering, IRCA Global/Camborne School of Mines, UK