Loi no 29 de 1996 sur la santé et la sécurité dans les mines Copy

Mine Health and Safety Act No. 29 of 19963

This Act applies to all industries that fall under the Department of Mineral Resources and is only applicable for companies registered as a mine. The stipulations are, in essence, the same as the OHS Act.

Information and training must be given to all employees involved.
Potential exposures should be monitored in at least two-yearly intervals.
Medical surveillance systems should be established and maintained.
Eye hazard zones need to be demarcated.
Exposure to hazards should be prevented or adequately controlled.
Records need to be kept for 40 years.
Eye protective equipment must be provided by the employer.
Offences and penalties for not following the prescribed actions

Under the MHSA an employer must prepare and implement a mandatory code of practice for any matter affecting the health or safety of workers and any other person who may be directly affected by the activities of the mine.


Minimum Standards of Fitness to Perform Work at a Mine – effective since 30/06/20165

This guideline assists OMPs in determining fitness to perform specified work at a mine or entity that reports under the Mine Health and Safety Act (Act 29 of 1996) as amended or to continue to perform such work. It outlines the most common approaches to be followed by the OMP to determine the fitness-to-work of an employee suffering from a medical condition.

Section 8.5.7.2.3 Vison and eye disorders Binocular vision is necessary for all categories of underground employees. Visual acuity, corrected, should be:
8.5.7.2.3(a)Underground:  6/9 binocular     6/12 weaker eye
8.5.7.2.3(b)Surface: 6/18 binocular   6/24 weaker eye
8.5.7.2.3(c)  Passengers or goods conveyances:6/9 binocular   6/9 weaker eye

Colour vision and normal visual fields are required for passenger, dangerous and non-dangerous goods conveyances, and certain other occupations, such as electricians. A normal visual field refers to at least 50 degrees nasal and 70 degrees temporal vision.