Aspasa already has its own health and safety, as well as environmental management systems which are mandatory for its members to ensure safe and sustainable supply of materials to various markets. But the creation of bespoke quality management system designed with local requirements and legislation in mind, is the next logical step in maintaining the association’s status as a world-leader in driving the interests of the surface mining industry.
According to Aspasa director, Nico Pienaar, strict new requirements are being placed on the supply of materials for building (sand, aggregates, dimension stones), foodstuffs (salt), energy (coal, ash) and other minerals which requires modern quarries and surface mines to implement advanced process control and quality management systems to ensure that they comply.
“The development of a comprehensive quality management system based on international standards is therefore imperative and urgent. As a result, we have established a qualified task team to delve further into these different requirements and identify key areas to be covered generally and separately as per each segment of our industry.
“We cannot however cover every angle on our own and therefore encourage our members and their clients to play an active role in the formulation of our quality controls and systems.”
To contribute to the formulation of quality criteria contact Aspasa, Nico Pienaar, Tel: (011) 791 3327, Fax: 086 647 8034, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.aspasa.co.za