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Hard Rock Safe Safety Conference 2009: A Sense of Safety Urgency

Date 28 September 2009
- 30 September 2009
Location Sun City, South Africa
Location Sun City, North West, South Africa
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This conference is organised in conjuntion with AMMSA’s launch of a yearly hard rock safety awards, which is initially focused on hard rock mining. Safety in the South African hard rock mines remains a focus area, as a world leader in hard rock mining the risks encountered remain a challenge, yet some operations have shown specific advances and improvements. The conference will assist in passing on best practice from safe hard rock leaders, and best practice operations will share how they have managed to change people’s attitudes and behaviour, have applied technological improvements and systems, thus managed to reduce risks, and resulted in the reduction of their LTIFR, fatalities, and inherent risks. Portions of the conference will also specifically deal with improving the health of mineworkers as well as reducing the negative impacts on the environment in surrounding mine areas.


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Conference Topics

Powerpoint presentations will be accepted. Expos are recommended and encouraged. Papers are invited for 28 and 29 September, on the following topics:
* Sharing leading best practices and success stories
* Occupational environment
* Fall of ground/Rock engineering/Seismicity
* Behavioural based safety and change management
* MQA Qualification—implication on training
* OSHAS - 18001 and 14001 - compliance certification
* Horizontal transport
* New Technology
* New legislation and regulation
* Attitudes and perceptions
* MOSH Teams, fall of ground, dust, hearing
* AMMSA ‘Hardrock Safe’ day on 30 September 2009.

Call for Papers

The Conference is being organised by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Association of Mine Managers of South Africa.

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:

Conference Co-ordinator, Jackie van der Westhuizen
SAIMM, PO Box 61127, Marshalltown 2107
South Africa, before 14 May 2009
Telephonic enquiries may be made at
Tel: +27 11 834-1273/7
Facsimile +27 11 838-5923 or


Conference Co-ordinator,
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:
Event Website:


First Announcement and Call for Papers (PDF File - 235 KB)
Hardrock Safe - Final Circular 2 September 2009 (PDF File - 204 KB)