There're more reports of the effects of Acid Mine Drainage or AMD by the day. But it's not just mines and big companies to blame for water contamination. As a health, safety and environment officer, it's your duty to protect the environment by saving water, to ensure your company complies with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, says the Health and Safety Bulletin. Here's how to prevent water contamination and make sure your company does its bit for water conservation.
Water conservation is finally at the top of most businesses' minds.
That's because the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received 144 complaints in the past two years about problems with the quality and supply of water,
As a result, the SAHRC is scheduled to hold a national hearing on water and sanitation this month.
And the Department of Labour has started to take water contamination seriously by imposing heavy fines on companies that fail to comply with the environmental regulations or provisions set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
While there're always concerns that acid mine drainage (AMD) from mining is leading to drinking water contamination, says the Business Report
, your business could be contaminating water too.
Do your bit to prevent water contamination and protect the health and safety of your employees in your workplace
Accidental water contamination or pollution happens in many sources, such as burst pipes and tanks, major leaks, fires and oil spills, says the Health and Safety Bulletin
And if you're in the construction
industry, there are even more health and safety regulations to comply with, says the Health and Safety Advisor.
This includes having a plan of action to ensure no oil, chemicals or fuel is spilt into the ground to prevent polluting ground water.
Fix leaky taps to help with water conservation!
You can also meet your water conservation responsibilities by taking action to solve anything that would affect water conservation, like leaking taps in your office bathrooms.
That's because nearly 50% of all tap water
is being wasted or simply leaking away every year in South Africa, says Bizcommunity
So it may seem like a small step but it'll pay off for water conservation in the long run.