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Safe and Stable

Silos can be found in almost all companies in the building materials industry. They are used for the stocking of raw materials and intermediate as well as end products and as dosers or loading silos. Professional maintenance must be performed regularly to ensure their safe operation. Silos within the meaning of the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV) Regulation 113-004 “Containers, ...

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Progress for Safety and Health at Work

In May 2020, the German Bundestag passed the 7th Amending Act to the German Welfare Code, Book IV (Sozialgesetzbuch IV; SGB IV). The Act also contains amendments to the Social Welfare Code (SGB) Book VII that incorporate further developments into the law regarding occupational diseases. Professional associations and accident insurance funds welcome these changes, which are largely based on proposals ...

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ISSA News

At the heart of the cooperation agreements between the Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Raw Materials and Chemical Industry (BG RCI), Heidelberg/Germany, and its member companies is the public commitment to the VISION ZERO preventive strategy with the aim of establishing greater health and safety in their operations. The BG RCI has welcomed two new VISION ZERO cooperation partners ...

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The Mines Rescue System in Austria

The changes in the mining industry in Austria entailed also changes in the mines rescue system. Due to new legal regulations, all mining operations with underground activities were integrated into the mines rescue system. The re-establishment of the Austrian body for mines rescue and gas defense also contributed to set up a well-functioning system. The base of this mines rescue ...

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Vision Zero Cooperation Agreements

At the heart of cooperation agreements between the Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Raw Materials and Chemical Industry (BG RCI), Heidelberg/Germany, and its member companies is the public voluntary commitment to the VISION ZERO prevention strategy. The goal is to secure higher levels of safety and health in the members’ companies. BG RCI supports member companies, associations and trade ...

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Effective Date for Fibrogenic Mine Dust and Quartz in Mining Operations

The new version of § 13 of the Regulation for the Protection of Health in Mining Operations (GesBergV), which entered into force in October 2019, establishes new measures for underground non-bituminous coal mining operations in the event of fibrogenic mine dust contamination by referencing the Hazardous Substances Regulation and applicable rules of technology. The most important changes are briefly described ...

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Colombia – The Land of Coffee and so much more

Back in 2007, I was invited by the Colombian Government to speak at a safety conference that was being hosted in Medellin. I knew only two things about Medellin … it was famous for its coffee and also for violent crime. With a little apprehension, I agreed to participate at the conference primarily because previously we had hosted a delegation ...

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50 Years of ISSA Mining

The OSHAfrica 2019 Conference brought together stakeholders from across Africa and beyond to discuss the existing challenges in Occupational Safety and Health in Africa. Taking place in Johannesburg/South Africa, from 18th to 20th September, OSHAfrica 2019 featured the 7 Golden Rules and the ISSA’s VISION ZERO approach, which came as an initiative from the ISSA Mining section. During the event, ...

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Celebration of ISSA Mining’s 50th Anniversary – Opening Speech

I am very happy today, to see all of you to commemorate the foundation of ISSA Mining 50 years ago, and the remarkable development since then (Figures 1, 2). When ISSA Mining was established in 1969, the founding fathers could probably not imagine what would happen over the following 50 years. Yet, the core alignment did not differ from today’s ...

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Leadership for Occupational Safety and Health

A few weeks ago, sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg arrived at the shores of the USA, to support the USA climate strike movement and continue spreading her message in advance of the 2019 UN Climate Summit in New York City in September 2019. Greta is an environmental activist who receives a noticeable amount of attention across the world. What makes Greta so ...

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