Women in Mining Conference_Mike and EnviroLAV

Written by Mike Sullivan, Business Development Manager.

MineARC was pleased to attend the Women in Mining Conference during August of this year, hosted by the African Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) in partnership with the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC).

Held in commemoration of Women’s Month 2015, the theme of the two day conference was ‘Prioritising the Health, Safety and Security of Women in Mining’. Speakers addressed occupational challenges faced by women in the industry such as safety and security, and considered effective ways to create a more conducive environment for women in the mining sector.

The Minister for Mineral Resources, Advocate Ngoako A. Ramatlhodi (MP), was joined by stakeholders in the mining industry including representatives from organised business and organised labour. South African Business Development Manager, Mike Sullivan, represented MineARC Systems during the conference, having built a strong relationship with DMR Occupational Hygiene Director Constance Kekana over the past year.

MineARC was fortunate to have the opportunity to display the EnviroLAV Waste Management System at the conference, which was well received by all in attendance. One of the major advantages of the EnviroLAV is that it provides gender-specific, private toilet facilities for women in mining; something that until now has been severely lacking in the industry.

Designed to be simple to operate and maintain, the EnviroLAV is a semi-permanent structure that can be used both above and below ground wherever there is access to compressed air or electricity.

The EnviroLAV’s structure consists of lockable latrine facilities mounted on top of a miniature biological treatment plant, allowing for complete privacy during use. The interior features a sterile hand washing facility utilising MineARC’s own EnviroWASH hand sanitising solution.

With the amount of contact between employees and waste matter vastly reduced compared to conventional portable toilets in the mining industry, the EnviroLAV makes for a far more hygienic working environment.

Available in male, female and unisex configurations, the unit can be customised for any requirement.

Women in Mining Conference_Mike and CEO
ictured above: Mike Sullivan and CEO of the Mine Health and Safety Council, Thabo Dube

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