OFO No: 325707
Other names for Mines Safety Inspector:
- Mine Air Quality Officer
- Mine Radiation Officer
- Mine Risk Control Officer
- Mines Inspector
- Mines Safety Officer
What is a Mines Safety Inspector (MHSI)?
The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) employs Mines Safety Inspectors.
There are 4 kinds of mine inspectors:
- Inspector of Mines
- Inspector of Machinery
- Inspector of Occupational Hygiene
- Medical Inspector
A Mines Safety Inspector is responsible for the safety and health of the employees and other persons (like sub-contractors, visitors etc) on the mine.
What does a Mines Safety Inspector do?
(this will depend on what kind of inspector you are)
- follows strict safety and hygiene regulations
- advises on the implementation of these rules
- inspects mines
- does research
- makes sure mine is follow the safety and hygiene regulations
- investigates accidents on the mine
- inspects and tests equipment
- inspects confined spaces for ventilation etc
- inspects hazardous materials and waste
- makes sure water, food and environment is safe for people
Are you . . . ?
- interested in mining?
- interested in safety?
- reliable and responsible?
- a people’s person?
How do I become a Mines Safety Inspector?
A inspector needs a driver’s license and be computer literate (MS Office)
Inspector of Mines:
- You will need to complete a relevant mining-related degree or diploma
- Or … A Matric with at least 3 years underground mining work experience
- Completion of the Mine Manager’s Government Certificate of Competency (GCC)
- 1 year work experience after completion of the GCC
Inspector of Machinery:
- Completed a Diploma or Degree in Engineering
- 2 years of workplace experience of which at least one must be at a mine
- Complete one of these Mine Engineer Government Certificates of Competency (GCC):
GCC: Electrical Engineer for Mines and Work
GCC: Mechanical Engineer for Mines and Work
- 1 year of workplace experience as a Section Engineer on a mine
Inspector of Occupational Hygiene:
- Learnership – Occupational Safety, Hygiene and Environmental (Mining and Minerals) at Level 2, 3 and 4
- Relevant work experience – then apply for the job as a MHSI
- Qualify as a medical doctor (GP)
- Complete a post-graduate diploma in Occupational Health
- Workplace experience
Is becoming a Mines Safety Inspector the right career choice for me?