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South Africas’s DMRE issues COVID-19 Code of Practice guidelines for Mining Industry

Mining News - Published on Wed, 20 May 2020

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South Africas’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has published guidelines for the mandatory codes of practice for mitigation and management of COVID-19 in the mining industry on 19 May. According to the DMRE these codes of practice will need to be in line with the guidelines issued by their department as well as the terms of the Nation al Disaster Management Act, World Health Organisation recommendations as well as the directions of the Department of Health and Department of Employment and Labour. DMRE said “The objective of this guideline is to assist employers as far as reasonably practicablMe to establish and maintain a COVID-19 prevention, mitigation and management programme.”

Individual mining operations will be required to draft and submit their own COVID-19 code of practice.

The DMRE have warned that failure by the employers to prepare and implement the mine’s COP in line with the guidelines will constitute a criminal offence and a breach of the Mine Health and Safety Act.

The gazetted guidelines can be accessed and downloaded on the government gazette website, or and

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 20 May 2020
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