The South African mining industry employs around 450 000 people and contributes approximately 8.2% to the national economy. The nature of mining is potentially highly dangerous. Good health and safety is critical to managing a wide range of hazards and risks. Health and safety within mines, coupled with strict monitoring of health and safety regulations is essential to ensuring the health and wellbeing of miners and sustainability of employers to secure jobs and livelihoods.
Occupational health and safety advisors work closely with a company’s personnel to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. They often travel to sites of inspection, returning to an office to evaluate the working conditions of an operation.
Occupational health and safety advisors require a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of environmental and health and safety requirements, standards and regulations, along with:
Conduct risk assessments and investigate particular incidents of concern
Develop internal strategies, polices and occupational procedures
Advise on and implement safe occupational practices
Train and monitor personnel on working operations and procedures
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Health at UP
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Management at UFS, UJ, UNISA and UP
B.in Environmental Health at NMU and UJ
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Environmental Health at CPUT, CUT, MUT and TUT
National, provincial and local government.
Manufacturing and construction companies.
Power generation plants.