Posted on: January 29, 2011 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

The Chamber or Mines (COM) will train 40 000 mining health and safety reps and labour shop stewards during 2011, 2012 and 2013, supporting a new state skills strategy.

The mining plan is part of a strategy to implement the Revised Mining Charter and to transform industrial culture, using a research and training hub set up in 2009, including computer based training and 3D simulation of mining operations.

COM Learning Hub head, Sanford Malatji, said training material would in part be based on incident reports.

Training material would also be based on pilot projects, named MOSH, that tried and tested several occupational health and safety improvements at leading mines, including techniques to prevent loss from fall of ground, mobile equipment incidents, and leading processes for dust suppression and hearing conservation.

MOSH adoption hitch

Organisation behaviour consultant Robin Pullen commented that adoption of MOSH pilot programmes by other mines is proving to be difficult, requiring some re-development at each adoption site.

“MOSH pilots succeeded in finding where the highest gains are in lowering workplace health and safety risks. However, few mines are taking advantage of the lessons learned by pilot teams at sponsoring mines, partly due to some lack of middle management skills,” Pullen told SHEQafrica.com.

The MOSH programme had underestimated the amount of work required to change procedures, structures, technology, engineering training content, leadership, coaching and other aspects for reducing mining health and safety risks, even in pilot studies, Pullen said at a High Reliability Organisations seminar in January.

MOSH pilot projects work well where they were developed and integrated into management systems and corporate cultures, and are not easily transferred to other sites or other mines.

Most middle managements are understaffed, underskilled, and overworked.

PHOTO; Organisational behaviour consultant Robin Pullen believes that operational and skills change programmes require extensive integration into adoptive sites.

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