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Monitor, Assess and Manage Risk- Health and Safety Management in Mining

Presented by: Mike Lacey-Smith

Accredited Live Interactive Webinar

On Completion of this live course professionals will receive a professional Certificate of completion, 2 ECSA CPD Points / 14 PMI PDUs, and 3 Month Access to Course Recordings for review purposes

Construction Managers

About the course

In this comprehensive course on Mining Risk Management and Health & Safety Compliance, participants will explore the inherent risks in mining operations and the potential consequences of inadequate risk management, including financial losses, legal complications, and serious injuries. The curriculum delves into the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1994 (MHSA) and its amendments, providing a detailed understanding of safety requirements for both underground and surface mining. Participants will gain insights into the significant impact of MHSA Sections 54 and 55 on mining enterprises, emphasizing the importance of compliance and adherence to these regulations. The course also addresses the pervasive nature of everyday risks in mining, guiding individuals on the assessment, monitoring, documentation, and continuous management of these risks. As the mining industry undergoes dynamic changes, participants will learn adaptive risk management strategies to meet evolving challenges. The course underscores compliance with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) standards and highlights various tools and techniques available for effective risk management, integrating exposure assessment, risk avoidance, loss prevention, and overall risk management. Ultimately, participants will emerge with the expertise needed to navigate the complex terrain of mining risk management and foster a safe working environment for all stakeholders.

What you will learn on this course:

  • Understanding the importance of Health and Safety Management, what it is, what it entails and how to manage and document a Health and Safety Plan

  • Understanding hazards and risks, and how they may present themselves in every aspect of the mine enviroment

  • Learning the proper techniques for assessment, monitoring and management of risks

  • Understanding hazard identification so as to reduce risks

  • Comprehending roles and resposnibilities of all stakeholders and responsibilities with regard to Risk Management

  • Learning more about all documentation to understand the documentation required to manage risks

  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to protect employees from physical hazards and risks

  • The role of organisational policies and procedures in relation to risk management

  • Understanding Risk Assessment methodologies and compliance with the MHSA and the DMR

  • Understanding the process of developing Contingency and Emergency plans for Managing Risk

  • Testing and Revising Contingency Plans

  • Understanding the Methodology for Defining Security Strategies

Accreditation for this course

This live webinar is approved by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Complete the course to earn 2 ECSA CPD Points. PMP Certificate holders will also receive 14 PMI PDUs. This certification boosts your standing in the engineering world, showcasing dedication and excellence. Regularly updating CPD points is vital with bodies like ECSA, as not doing so could affect your membership. Stay updated, prioritize your certification, and highlight your commitment to engineering growth.

Who is this course for:

All Engineers, Technicians and Technical Specialists who are responsible writing technical reports, and those who are responsible for writing Technical Specifications for any technical document including that which is required for contracts.

On completion of the course, you will receive the following:

  • A certificate of completion

  • 2 ECSA CPD points

  • For PMP Certificate holders: 14 PMI PDUs

  • 3-month access to recordings of live sessions (for delegates who miss a session due to load shedding)

  • An accredited self-paced course with additional CPD points

  • This is a live interactive course, allowing you to ask the presenter questions in real-time.

Note: Live sessions must be attended to qualify for the certificate; recordings are for review only.

What is covered in this course


Section 1:

The role of Health and Safety in the mine and the MHSA

  • What is Health and Safety?

  • The role of Health and Safety everyday

  • Health and Safety Programme elements

  • Adherance to the MHSA and DMR

  • Safety, Health and Evironment (SHE) imperatives

  • Other Acts that impact mining

  • All proceses that are impacted by the MHSA

  • Legal Imperatives

  • Understanding compliance with the MHSA and DMR regulations

  • The impact of non-compliance on the Mine


Section 2:

Hazard and risks

  • Looking at the MHSA and creating a Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) policy

  • The roles and responibilities of mine employees in terms of Health and Safety

  • Who is accountable for Health and Safety in the mine?

  • Who is involved, responsibilities and acountabilities in the Hazard Identification process,

  • What to do when identifying a hazard. management of Hazard

  • Reducing an minimising Hazards  

  • The Priciples behind Hazard Identification and Risk Management (HAZOPS)

  • The importance of Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRAs)

  • Why HIRAs are important for every work function

  • HIRA development, approval and use

  • Key Decisions: Risks and Hazards

  • 6 steps to create a HIRA

  • “Suitable” and “Sufficient” risk assessment as defined by legislation

  • Hazard Identification and prevention methodology

  • Identification and assessment of risks

  • Principles of Risk Management

  • Process of Risk Management

  • Types of risk assessments - Baseline, Continued and Issue based

  • Documentation of Hazards and Risks

  • Establishing the context of Risks (Political, Economic, Social, Technical, Legal  and Environmental (PESTEL)

  • Creating Risk Profiles

  • Understanding a Risk Matrix

  • Creating Risk Matrices for all areas of your mine

  • Compiling a Risk Register and Risk Index

  • Risk options

  • Potential risk treatments

  • Risk avoidance

  • Risk reduction, sharing information and prevention of risks

  • Creating a Risk Management Plan


Section 3: 

Personal Protection – Physical Hazards

  • The importance of PPE

  • PPE as a last resort

  • Educting employees regarding PPE and equipment checking and maintenance

  • Physical risks associated with mines in both underground and surface mining

  • Risk of crushing

  • Risk of asphyxiation

  • Falling from heights

  • Burns due to any fires

  • Radiation exposure

  • Burns due to steam and steam sterilising

  • Laser burns/Welder burns

  • Back Injuries

  • Injuries from machines

  • Electrical Injuries

  • Personal Violence

  • Personal (Staff) Protection – Chemical hazards

  • Personal (Staff) Protection – Biological hazards

  • The factors that could constitute risk factors

Section 4:

Risk Management - The role of organisational policies and procedures

  • All allied Regulations and Acts that need to be considered in terms of Health and Safety and Risk Management

  • Policy management

  • Policy in line with MHSA and DMR guidlines

  • Practical aspects of creating and keeping policies

  • The role of IT specialists in terms of policies

  • Risk management policy creation or adaptation

  • Internal controls

  • The audit of scrutiny and responsibilities in terms of Health and Safety and Risk Management

Section 5:

Risk Management

  • The multiple disciplines and areas of mines and responsibilities and accountabilies of managers, supervisors and employees

  • Types of Risk Manager profiles and types of risks

  • Assessing risks Associated with your area of your mine or the business as a whole (Enterprise Risk Management)

  • Risk Management Methods for different mining enterprises and areas within mines

  • Understand how Risk Management works in the context of your mine and DMR Regulations

  • Rating the impact of each scenario on a Unit/Section

  • Disaster mitigation

  • Insurance considerations

  • Outage impact analysis

  • Establishing priorities

  • Contingency Planning costs

  • Business Impact Analysis Report

  • Priorities resulting from the Impact Analysis

Section 6:

The importance of Tool-Box Talks in Risk Management and Health and Safety

  • Why Tool-Box Talks?

  • The structure

  • Clarification of understanding

  • Routine and structure

  • HIRA management at the end of Tool- Box Talks

Section 7:

Develop Contingency and Emergency plans for managing risks

  • Contingency plans

  • Emergency plans

  • A Risk or a liability?

  • Risk Management in terms of contingency and emergency

  • Assessment of the following in terms of contingency and emergency plans 

  • Identifying risks in contingency and emergency plans

  • Risk Analysis in depth

  • Calculating severity

  • Planning a Risk Response

  • Implementation

  • Developing the Risk Log

  • Risk monitoring

  • Contingency plans

  • Other risk types

Section 8:

Contingency Plans and Revision

  • The importance of Emergency Drills

  • Testing contingency plans

  • Recommendations on improvements to the contingency plans

  • Revising contingency plans

  • Identifying likely attack methods

  • Tools, and techniques for managing attack methods

  • Establishing both proactive and reactive strategies

  • Testing resposes

  • The incident response team

Section 9:

Methodology for Defining Security Strategies

  • Predicting possible attacks or threats to the mine

  • Analysing risks for each type of threat and for each method of attack

  • Determining possible damage resulting from an attack or threat

  • Determining the vulnerabilities or weaknesses the mine has in couteracting an attack

  • Minimising vulnerabilities and weaknesses that can be exploited

  • Creating Contingency Plans

  • Proctive and reactive strategies

  • Assessing the damage

  • Determining the cause of the damage

  • Repairing the damage and the impact on mining operations

  • Documenting and learning

  • Implementing the Contingency Plan

  • Reviewing outcomes and the importance of simulations

  • Reviewing policy effectiveness

  • Adjusting policy accordingly


Your Instructor

Mike Lacey-Smith

Mike is a seasoned Psychologist and Facilitator with extensive experience in Leadership Development, Personal Effectiveness, Emotional Intelligence, Mentorship, Coaching, and various other training programs. He has a diverse background, having worked with over 250 companies globally and presented in 13 African countries and Mauritius. With a career spanning industries such as Engineering, Mining, Healthcare, Construction, and more, Mike excels in Leadership and Executive Coaching, as well as facilitating workshops on Strategic Thinking, Problem Solving, Design Thinking, and Innovation.

As an accomplished author, Mike published "Life after the Pause" in August 2020, exploring the impact of SARS-Cov-2 on individuals, economies, businesses, and leadership worldwide. He has developed workshops based on this work, helping leaders navigate the challenges of the evolving work environment. Mike's qualifications include a BA in English, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, and a MA in Counselling Psychology. With certifications in Scrum Fundamentals, TEFL, and LEAN SIX SIGMA WHITE BELT, he continues to stay at the forefront of industry trends. Throughout his career, Mike has contributed significantly to various sectors, including Government Departments, Construction, Project Management, and Occupational Health and Safety. His expertise extends to facilitating workshops on Tender Preparation and Evaluation, reflecting his commitment to advancing professional skills.

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