GUIDELINE FOR A MANDATORY COP FOR RISK BASED EMERGENCY CARE
Title: Guideline for a Mandatory COP for Risk Based Emergency Care
Government Gazette Notice: GN R840 in GG 40412 of 15 July 2016
Effective date: 31 October 2016
The Chief Inspector of Mines issued the above-mentioned guideline for risk based emergency care on a mine in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996 (MHSA).
The aim of this guideline is to provide a framework to assist the employer of every mine to prepare a risk based Code of Practice (COP) on emergency care on a mine. In accordance with section 9(2) of the MHSA, an employer must prepare and implement a COP on any matter affecting the health or safety of employees and other persons who may be directly affected by activities at the mines if the Chief inspector of Mines requires it. These COPs must comply with any relevant guideline issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines (section 9(3)). Failure by the employer to prepare or implement a COP in compliance with this guideline is in breach of the MHSA.
“So what” for my operation?
It is important for your operation to ensure that your operation adheres to the requirements of this guideline. A new or revision to an existing COP related to the above mentioned topics may be required and related policies, risk assessments/ surveys, standards and procedures may also be affected. If your operation does not comply with this guideline, a fine or imprisonment can be imposed.
What is Shangoni’s approach?
Shangoni assists organisations with the development and review of COPs and supporting documents to ensure that such is aligned with the guidelines as well as organisation’s practises.