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Alan Cluett conducting the induction covering health and safety aspects and requirements. not to recommend corrective actions. However, ASPASA, as an industry member association, requires that the audits assist members in their attainment of the environmental policy goal of continued performance improvement. Therefore, the aim of the audits is to add value to participating members by discussing options for corrective actions of identified non-conformances, and, to increase management and employee awareness of environmental legislation and industry best practice. The ASPASA About Face audit consists of two main parts: an assessment of the physical aspects associated with the site and an assessment of the Environmental Management System – based on the ISO 14 001:2015 framework. In 2018, the audit schedule has, at the request of members, included a training session in addition to the audit. ASPASA environmental training The training session focuses on the • Principles of the South African legal system and how these principles apply to the Mine Health and Safety Act and environmental legislation; • Some of the most relevant and significant requirements of environmental legislation; www.quarryonline.co.za  ENVIRONMENT IN FOCUS Iain and Colleen Cluett, members of Cluett Consulting. “The aim of the audits is to add value to participating members by discussing options for corrective actions of identified non-conformances and to increase management and employee awareness of environmental legislation and industry best practice.” • The requirements of the Mineral and Petroleum Development Act (MPRDA), in particular sections 47 and 93; • The role and importance of the Environmental Management Programme (EMP); • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and the legal requirement; and • The bio-remediation of oil contaminated soils. The training is largely designed from a combination of input from the ASPASA Environmental Committee, chaired by Alan Cluett, and auditor observations of potential knowledge gaps identified during the audits conducted in previous years. The training session is based on an illustrated on-screen presentation that has been attended by more than 500 managers and employees across the industry so far this year. All attendees are issued with certificates of attendance by ASPASA. ASPASA About Face audit After the training the auditors conduct a physical audit across the mining site that covers the mine, workshops, oil and fuel storage facilities, salvage yards, vehicle servicing and washing facilities, transformer stations, waste management areas and on-site monitoring programmes such as fall-out dust monitoring and alien vegetation management. While this is a serious component of the audit, accounting for almost 40% of the final operational QUARRY SA | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018_39