HSE International ISSUE 109 - Page 11

MRS_SACCSAd_HSE_82x125mm.pdf 1 05/09/2017 09:54 NEW SACCS Confined Space Management System C Shelley Frost, Director of Strategic Development said: “We are delighted organisations are supporting No Time M to Lose and are taking positive action to tackle occupational Y cancer. CM “This year we’ve worked in collaboration with our MY supporting organisations on a number of initiatives. “Some of the highlights in 2017 so far have included the CY NTTL 200 event, organised to recognise the excellent work CMY of our supporters and signatories; partnering up with NHS K England’s ‘Cover Up, Mate’ campaign to tackle sun exposure risks among men who work outdoors; and the ‘Balkans Roadshow’, where NTTL is being showcased in countries across the Balkans. “These initiatives demonstrate how by working together we can beat cancer caused by work. Next year we will launch the asbestos phase of NTTL – the biggest occupational cancer killer.” To find out more about IOSH’s NTTL campaign and to get involved, visit www.notimetolose.org.uk ISO 19434 - NEW INTERNATIONAL STANDARD TO REDUCE MINING ACCIDENTS There’s no question that mining has been made safer over the years, but mines are still one of the most hazardous places to work. T he causes can be numerous, from explosive dust and toxic gases to collapse of mine shafts, and the consequences severe, with thousands of fatalities each year. When an incident does occur in a mine, it can be hard to understand precisely what’s happened. Because many factors are at play, a wide range of accidents can occur. A key step in preventing these accidents is to classify them by type and by cause, and that’s where ISO 19434 comes in. Developed by the ISO technical committee on mining (ISO/TC 82), Seyed Reza Hosseini, Convenor of the working group on classification of mine accidents (WG 6), explains that the standard represents a new direction for their work. Announcing the launch of a new Confined Space Management System called SACCS (Safe Access and Control of Confined Spaces). A computerised database management system which can identify, categorise, record and store all information on confined spaces, in one electronic database. Helping you effectively manage your confined spaces. www.mrsl.co.uk “Until now ISO mining standards mostly looked at safety features for machinery. ISO 19434 looks at the accidents themselves, giving each accident a code that indicates its causes and consequences.” With the entire industry working to further improve the safety of their operations, there are clear advantages of a unified system to understand the main types of accidents. Using the classification given in ISO 19434, one can identify whether accidents have occurred due to human error or other causes. It gives a shared understanding on key issues, as Reza points out: “This International Standard defines not only the main types of accidents but, importantly, provides information about the nature of any injuries that have occurred, defining their location and to what degree personnel are affected.” With the publication of ISO 19434, a long-standing need has been addressed for a comprehensive mine accidents classification system that could present a standard scheme for all factors associated with the accidents. That will enable full analysis based on both software systems or manual assessment. By presenting a common understandable language for communication between all parts involved in safety, health and environment issues in mines, the hope is that working conditions can continue to improve across all operations in the mining sector. Visit www.iso.org for more information. HSE INTERNATIONAL 11