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African Petrochemicals Edition July/August Edition 14.4 {2017}

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MSA AFRICA GIVES A SHOUT-OUT TO LATEST ADVANCES IN HEARING PROTECTION Hearing protection is vital to prevent long-term, irreversible hearing loss. However, due to the fact that there are no immediate consequences, hearing protection is often not taken seriously enough. End users must be able to communicate directly with co-workers, as well as hear surrounding sounds, including alarms. Passive ear muffs are therefore not the best form of hearing protection, as the danger of isolation poses a safety risk. The ‘cut-off’ surrounding sound function on the MSA Left/Right WW Dual version means that surrounding sounds such as voices and signals are reproduced inside the ear muff, with an adjustable sound gain. This means end users are fully aware of their surroundings at all times, while being protected by passive attenuation. It also allows workers to communicate in noisy areas while keeping their hearing protection on, which improves safety and efficiency. MSA’s Left Right communication solution is available in two product versions, both with a Bluetooth-enabled headsets MSA Africa has addressed this problem by introducing the latest technology in hearing protection, namely its Left/Right WW (Wireless World) communication solutions. The solution is available in two product versions, both with a Bluetooth-enabled headset. “Hearing protection is often underconsidered, when taking into account other forms of protection such as respiratory and head-and-face protection. There are no immediate effects associated with hearing loss, which occurs gradually over time. It is critical that end users understand the basics of hearing protection, and what solutions are available,” Tshepo Lebona, Africa Development Sales Manager, comments. “We are always innovating not only to keep up with what the market requires, but also in response to the latest technology, which in the case of hearing protection is wireless communication,” Lebona points out. “Take a typical example of workers operating a noisy machine, and needing to communicate with each other, or having to receive instructions from their supervisor or manager. It is also imperative that workers are able to hear any evacuation, warning, or alarm signals at all times,” Lebona stresses. MSA’s Left/Right WW communications solutions feature ergonomically-shaped ear muffs that provide a better match for any head shape, as well as following the ears. This means that the left and right cups are different, with up, down, and tilt adjustment for a perfect fit for all head profiles. There are also two configurations with different headbands and helmets, with three adapters to fit various helmet models. “Hearing protection can now be connected to a smartphone or Bluetooth radio, meaning that incoming calls can be received even while working in noisy environments. Workers remain protected while on the call, with a safe sound level inside the ear muff, as surrounding noise is filtered out by a high-performance microphone,” Lebona elaborates. Bluetooth 2.1, hands-free and A2DP profiles are available, with a 3.5 mm jack auxiliary input. The navigation menu is available in 23 languages, while the power source is provided by two AAA batteries. Rechargeable 1.5 V batteries can also be used. A built-in FM radio tuner features an automatic tuning function, with an adjustable sound-mix level maintained at under the required 85 dB. About MSA MSA Africa has been the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality safety products since 1914. MSA products may be simple to use and maintain, they are also highly-sophisticated devices and protective gear – the result of countless R&D hours, relentless testing, and an unwavering commitment to quality that saves lives and protects thousands of men and women each and every day. Many of MSA’s most popular products integrate multiple combinations of electronics, mechanical systems, and advanced materials to ensure that users around the world remain protected in even the most hazardous of situations. MSA’s dedication to safety has been the key to its impressive year-over-year growth. In eight of the past ten years, MSA has achieved record growth numbers, with annual revenues of more than US billion. 4

FRONT COVER STORY SKY-HIGH MAINTENANCE BENEFITS FROM ROPE ACCESS Regular planned inspection and maintenance shutdowns are critical for reliable and safe production at all industrial plants. This also ensures long-term structural integrity and operational effectiveness. A leader in this regard is Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty.) Ltd., which specialises in using rope access for elevated structures. “This is particularly cost-effective, as no additional time is wasted in erecting traditional structures in order to gain access for any maintenance work. It enhances overall site safety during shutdown periods,” Marketing Manager Mike Zinn comments. An example of a highly successful rope-access programme has been Skyriders’ involvement with Eskom’s planned inspection and maintenance shutdown outage programme at a power station near Ogies in Mpumalanga. Here the scope of work comprised: clinker inspection and removal (safe access permit), internal boiler slope washing, installation of life lines for other contractors, and safety-net installation. The main scope of work, however, comprised the non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection of internal boiler pressure components, pulverised fuel pipes, electrostatic precipitation hoppers, and coal bunkers. Production was increased in certain areas of the boiler as the Skyriders team used rope access to inspect the relevant components in the different areas. Rope access also allowed the team to access the boiler immediately once it had been deemed safe to enter. Zinn reveals that the Skyriders’ team on-site comprised 40 people, with the planned inspection part of the project completed ontime and with minimal quality comebacks. This commenced on 4 August 2016, and was completed on 2 October 2016, whereafter the unit was synchronised. The next planned shutdown is scheduled for early this year, Zinn adds. Skyriders provides cost- and time-saving solutions to clients in the power generation, petrochemicals and mining industries requiring rope-access aided inspection, NDT and maintenance work to be carried out in difficult-to-reach and high-up locations. Services include inspection visual, ultrasonic wall thickness, concrete inspection, maintenance and repairs, the application of coating systems, work-at-height safety systems, welding, and confined space rescue and standby. When external contractors have been tasked with work in a confined space, Skyriders can assist with safe entry and exits, the issue of permits, gas monitoring and rescue. Connect with Skyriders on Social Media to receive the company’s latest news Facebook: www.facebook.com/ SkyridersIndustrialRopeAccess Twitter: twitter.com/SkyridersZA About Skyriders Skyriders (Pty) Ltd., established in 1998, is a leader in the South African rope access industry, providing cost- and time-saving solutions to clients in the power generation and petrochemical industries requiring rope access aided inspection, NDT, and maintenance work to be conducted in difficult-to-reach, high-up locations. Skyriders Contact Mike Zinn Skyriders Marketing Manager Phone: (011) 312-1418 Email: mike@ropeaccess.co.za Web: www.ropeaccess.co.za 5

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December 2016 Edition 13.6
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July / August 2016 Edition 13.4
May / June 2016 Edition 13.3
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