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Maximizing operational safety for the mining industry

Employee health, occupational safety and plant safety are key topics for those who work in dangerous environments like mines. At Dräger, we put a focus on all elements of operational safety in order for you to avoid and mitigate mining hazards. Mining operational safety begins before a person even enters a mine.

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Occupational Health and Safety

There are numerous guidelines for occupational safety and health in the mining industry. Based on centuries of experience, they have led to a significant reduction of many risks and hazards. In the same regard, modern mining can now utilize innovative detection technology as well as effective personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Mine ventilation and gas detection

Ventilation is the lifeline for miners. It ensures that firedamp, diesel emissions, and blast fumes are extracted from the mine. But constant monitoring of the above-ground atmosphere is also necessary, especially in areas where safety is critical. With mine gas detectors, miners can take immediate reaction in the event of leakages, fires, and when threshold limits have been exceeded.

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Fit for Duty: Alcohol and Drug Testing

Whether above or underground, employees must fully concentrate on their work because these activities require a high degree of safety. Drugs and alcohol not only affect a person's productivity, but also their ability to take action, their attentiveness and their ability to react. Operating heavy mine machinery and working with toxic or explosive substances while under the influence of drugs or with (residual) alcohol in the bloodstream pose a high accident risk. Especially in emergency situations, all mining employees must be able to make fast, deliberate and correct decisions in order to prevent any further harm.

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Analysis system for detecting drugs

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Dräger South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Johannesburg: 2 Ruacana Street, Waterfall Commercial District, (cnr Beatty Street), Buccleuch, 2090

+27(0)11 059 4200

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4676 Rivonia, 2128 Republic of South Africa  

Dräger South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Cape Town:  Unit 2, 7 on London, 7 London Circle, Brackengate Business Park, Brackenfell, 7561 

+27(0)21 552 6713

Postal Address: P.O. Box 3677 Tygervalley 7536

Dräger South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Durban: 17 Thynk Industrial Park Cnr Brickworks and Queen Nandi Drive, Briardene, Durban North, 7561 

+27(0)31 812 7900

Postal Address: P.O. Box 40554 Redhill 4071