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Safety always a priority after 90 years in the welding business

Despite increasing legal pressure to ensure workplace safety, unsafe gas and electrical arc equipment continues to find its way into industry. This presents a legal risk to companies and a risk to the safety of their employees. As sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products since 1927, Afrox continues to place utmost priority on safety and continuously strives to improve workplace safety at its customers’ sites through the company’s Safety Solutions Programme.

Afrox’s Safety Solutions Programme was launched in 2005 to assist customers at management level and their SHEQ personnel in meeting legal requirements. This end-to-end solution begins with a detailed scope of work identifying all applications at customers’ sites, detailed onsite safety audits to identify unsafe practices in the workplace, and identifying gaps in compliance with the OSH Act and ISO specifications.

After completion of a safety audit, Afrox will provide the customer with a detailed risk assessment and process/application recommendation report. Afrox is also able to assist with reviewing customers’ standard operating procedures to identify gaps and to upgrade information conforming to all standards and legislation, a service that Afrox highly recommends to ensure workplace safety.

As part of the Safety Solutions Programme, Afrox offers safety training at customers’ sites. Training material includes modules on the safe use of gas and gas equipment, the safe use of electrical arc equipment, as well as modules on special and other industrial gases.

After training is completed, delegates will undergo a theoretical or practical assessment and will be issued with a certificate that is valid for 2 years. Afrox trainers are CHEITA accredited facilitators, assessors and moderators and have trained over 13 000 delegates in the mining, transport, fabrication, petrochemical and energy sectors.

“We care about our customers and are committed to delivering on our promise of safe quality products,” says Hennie van Rhyn, Application Development Manager at Afrox. “Afrox industrial gas equipment is manufactured to the highest standards. Our regulators are manufactured according to Afrox specifications and are ISO 2503 certified. Our flashback arrestors conform to SANS/ISO 50730-1, gas hoses to ISO 3821 and 1156-2, and cutting torches to ISO 5172,” says van Rhyn.

For further information about the Safety Solutions Programme from Afrox, contact Hennie van Rhyn on +27 (0) 11 876 1079.

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