How the Industry Day Awards Work

Each year, at the last day of the MineSAFE Conference the best of the best performers in safety, health and environmental performance in the South African Mining Industry get the recognition they deserve. 

On this day, we recognise and celebrate the safety, health and environmental advances made in all commodities mined in South Africa. These awards are intended to motivate those that have not reached the tipping point yet of ZERO HARM operations, to accelerate their implementation plans to get to ZERO HARM faster. 

The MineSAFE Industry Awards are divided into the following main categories:

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minesafe-health-and-wellness-awardThe Health and Wellness Award is awarded to a company that has made a significant impact on the advancement of health and wellness amongst its team members and/or its surrounding community.

In order to be recognised for this award, a representative from the company must submit a technical note or technical paper on a project that is in progress or has been completed at the relevant company’s operations. The Mine Management or Operations Unit Manager must have played an active role in the process to improve the health and wellness of its employees and/or its surrounding community.

The technical note or paper must clearly indicate:

  • The scope of the project
  • The desired outcomes
  • The activities that formed part of the project
  • The project progress and achievements compared to the desired outcomes; and
  • The current status and sustainability of the intervention

The project may still be work in progress, but must have achieved some measurable results that are clearly indicated in the submission.

minesafe-environmental-awardThe Environmental Award is given to a company that has implemented a project that has had a significant positive impact on the environment in and around their operations.

In order to be recognised for an Environmental Award, a representative from the company must submit a technical note or technical paper on an Environmental project that was implemented at the company’s operations in an effort to reduce the operation’s environmental impact in or around the operations or to improve the environmental conditions following an environmental impact.

The technical note or paper must clearly indicate:

  • The scope of the project
  • The desired outcomes
  • Planned and actual activities that forms part of the project
  • Progress or achievements compared to the desired outcomes
  • The current status or sustainability of the project

The project may still be work in progress, but must have achieved some measurable results that is clearly indicated in the submission.

minesafe-mrs-awardThe Mines Rescue Award seeks to recognise Mines Rescue Services teams that have excelled in terms of their duties and responsibilities.

Each Superintendent from the different Rescue Stations in South Africa must submit their evaluation in terms of the teams in their area to the Central Rescue Station, where an evaluation process is undertaken against pre-determined requirements to determine the overall best team.

minesafe-year-on-year-safety-improvement-awardThe Year-on-year Safety Improvement Award recognises participating units who have shown a significant year-on-year Total Injury Frequency Rate Improvement.

All injuries, first aid cases, dressing cases, minor treatment cases, lost time injuries and fatal injuries are combined as a total number of injuries per month. The numbers for the past three years (for the period 1 July to 30 June) for each participating unit are then converted into an injury frequency rate. From this rate, the percentage year-on-year safety improvement in the total injury frequency rate is calculated for each participating unit.

The percentage improvement is then evaluated against the other participating units in the same class to determine which unit showed the most improvement year-on-year.

Awards are handed out in the following commodities – Gold, Platinum, Coal, Base Metals, Diamonds, Contractors and Processing.

minesafe-best-in-class-awardRecipients of the Best in Class Safety Award are determined by taking into consideration the total injuries the participating unit had, converted into a total injury frequency rate.

The participating unit with the lowest progressive Total Injury Frequency Rate for the reporting period is the winner in its class of participation.

The first check is the total injury frequency rate for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. If there is no clear winner emerging from that evaluation, then a further evaluation into the historical total injury frequency rate for the participating units are made.

Awards are handed out in the following commodities – Gold, Platinum, Coal, Base Metals, Diamonds, Contractors and Processing.

minesafe-jt-ryan-awardThe JT Ryan Award was first introduced in Canada in 1941 by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as an Award of Safety Excellence. Since then, the award has been introduced in Chile, Peru, Columbia, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil.

The JT Ryan Award is sponsored by Mine Safety Appliances – or MSA – in commemoration of its founder, John T Ryan, who was not only involved in safety and rescue programmes in the US Coal Mining Industry during the early 1900s, but also made an immeasurable contribution to the development of coal mine safety during the first half of the 20th century. He was instrumental in developing the Edison electric cap lamp, as well as instituting procedures on how to control rock dust in coal mines to prevent dust explosions.

The trophy itself represents a father coming home from work with his arms around the shoulders of his son and daughter.

In the South African mining industry the JT Ryan award is split into two recipients, one for surface operations and one for underground operations.

To be considered for the JT Ryan Award, the participating unit’s progressive fatality free shifts on the closing date of 30 June 2017 is evaluated against other participating units. If no clear winner emerges, then the Progressive Injury Free Days for the last three years are taken into consideration.

minesafe-best-in-class-awardThe Most Improved Mining Company Award is selected by the Head of Safety at the Chamber of Mines. For this award all safety data of South African mining companies that are publicly available are evaluated.