n IMIESA - Audit systems for readymix and clay brick operations

Volume 45 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0257-1978


Industry association ASPASA is extending its safety, health and environmental audits to include non-mining-related activities, including readymix, concrete and brick plants. In many instances, these plants are located close to the quarry or mine, or even situated on the mine and make use of minerals extracted there. However, if the plants are not situated within the mine’s boundaries, they are not covered by the Mine Health and Safety Act (No. 29 of 1996), but rather need to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (No. 85 of 1993). Similarly, a comprehensive environmental audit is also available based on ASPASA’s internationally acclaimed audit system, the About Face programme. According to Nico Pienaar, director, ASPASA, the audits were developed on ISO principles and tailored to South African conditions. Guidelines and documentation are supplied to members to ensure compliance with legislation and ASPASA best practices, after which the annual audits are conducted to ensure conformity.

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