Bat Booth® x 4 at Hanson Cement

Mideco’s is pleased to be a part of Hanson Cement’s commitment to occupational health and safety with four Bat Booth® now installed at company’s quarries.

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Hanson is  included in Heidelberg Cement Group, which employs over 59,000 people across five continents. Heidelberg Cement is a global leader in aggregates and has leading positions in cement, concrete and heavy building products.

Hason’s focus on quality underpins everything that they do which extends to providing safe working environment for their staff. The company believes that the safest projects are the most successful ones, a belief that Mideco shares.

While Hanson already has a comprehensive safety program in place, the company continuously reviews and improves their approach to occupational health and safety, which is why four units have been installed at Glasshouse, Nerang, Ferny Groove and Hanson Wolffdene quarries.

Mideco’s Bat BoIMG_0952 (2)oth® has just been named the Best Innovation in Occupational Health and Safety 2019 and the most Innovative Dust Removal Solution in the APAC Insider Enterprise Awards. It’s another awards that recognises the innovative design behind this unique personnel de-dusting booth that can permanently remove up to 80 % dust, including silica, from staff’s clothing. Bat Booth® is the most efficient way to clean staff’s contaminated clothing and heavily reduce the overall dust exposure.

Workplace safety and the occupational lung diseases have recently become hot topics in Australia since the re-identification of pneumoconiosis in mining, and a silicosis crisis in the stonemasonry industry. Managing respiratory risks is now  an urgent issue for many industries associated with dust exposure.

Hanson recognises the importance of reducing respiratory risks, especially silica that’s associated with cement manufacturing. We are pleased to be helping the company maintain its commitment to safety and ensure their staff is adequately protected.  

Mideco takes part in the Victorian Government Mining Trade Mission to Chile

Mideco is pleased to be included in the Victorian Government Mining Trade Mission to Chile this month to attend a major mining industry exhibition – Exponor 2019.

The delegates have been selected from innovative Victoria-based mining equipment, technology and services (METS) businesses.

This trade mission provides an opportunity for companies to visit a world-leading copper production region and meet with key decision makers from leading mining companies with a presence in the region, including BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Teck, Codelco, KGHM, Rockwood and Antofagasta Minerals.

The delegates will also attend a range of networking events, enjoy tailored business matching and have mine site visit opportunities.

Our Chief Marketing Officer, Olha Lyeskakova, is representing Mideco. Her particular focus during this trip will be on safe mining and OHS activities in the region.

Bat Booth® wins the prestigious APAC Insider Enterprise Awards

ImageMideco is pleased to announce Bat Booth®’s win in the prestigious APAC Insider Enterprise Awards. It has been named the Best Innovation in Occupational Health and Safety 2019 and the most Innovative Dust Removal Solution.

The APAC Insider Magazine created Enterprise Awards three years ago to recognise outstanding and innovative businesses that through their commitment and expertise contribute to change in their industry and achieve incredible results both for their clients and themselves.

Published quarterly, APAC Insider Magazine brings the latest need-to-know business content and updates from across the Asia Pacific Region. Their Enterprise Awards seek to present dedicated top performers in various industries thus providing a comprehensive overview of the very best each market, industry and sector has to offer.

Each nominee is carefully examined by the judging panel consisting of respected industry partners. The winners are decided based on their performance over the past 12 months, their commitment to innovation and their methods to ensure that only the most deserving firms are awarded.
The Enterprise Awards acknowledge those companies who support Australia as one of the top 15 grossing economies in the world and contribute to maintaining the country’s international status.
This is Mideco’s first time participating in the APAC Insider Magazine Awards and we are pleased our commitment to quality and innovation have been recognised.

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This award will add to a growing list of Bat Booth®’s trophies. The innovative design and effectiveness of our star dust extraction system has been already acknowledged locally and overseas.
Since the system’s launch in 2014, it has won “Highly Commended” award in the category of “Best Practice in Work Health & Safety” at the “Australian Bulk Handling Award” in Sydney in 2016.

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Overseas it has been included in the Dust Control Handbook produced by NIOSH (The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). It was presented as one of the best examples of removing dust from personnel uniforms thus helping prevent dust related diseases, in particular those caused by silica exposure.
This award supports Mideco’s place as one of the leading environmental engineering companies in Australia. We are proud of our innovative technologies that help protect staff’s health and support the environment.

Mideco expands to Latin American and European Markets

We are pleased to be expanding our network of agents around the world. As our brand develops and the sales of our award winning dust control systems grow there is a need for international representatives.

This year we have already forged partnerships with companies in Europe and South America.

Our new agent in Germany is PROGRA, a company that specialises in sales of grain processing equipment to German, Swiss and Austrian businesses. This position makes PROGRA a perfect partner for Mideco, as our internationally patented dust suppression device, Burnley Baffles®, has been designed specifically with the grain industry in mind.

While the system can be customised for any dry granular bulk raw product, the grain processing model is our cheapest and the most common. It reduces dust by 75% on its own, is easy to install and virtually maintenance free. It reduces your overall project costs as it eliminated the need for expensive dust collectors. You can read more about the Burnley Baffles™ here.

We’ll be also developing our client base in South America, where silicosis is one of the most common occupational diseases. In Chile and Peru we have partnered up with ROST, a company with over 20 years of experience in providing industrial solutions to businesses. Roberto Munizago N, the director of ROST, believes there is a strong need for PPE in the country and will be liaising with local mining companies re Bat Booth® sales. Chile is committed to fighting the occupational lung diseases and recently has re-launched the National Plan for Eradication of Silicosis.

We are excited about new partnerships and look forward to successful projects together in 2019 and beyond.

Bat Booth® at AGG1 2019

Image result for agg1 2019Mideco is excited to take part in the US National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association Annual Convention. The convention showcases the latest technologies and innovations in aggregates-related equipment, product and services.

Mr Melton White, Mideco’s General Manager, will be representing Bat Booth® at the event that will take place in Indianapolis 12 – 14 February, 2019.


More information about the event: 
https://www.nssga.org/major-event/agg1/

Silicosis prevention in engineered stone processing

According to the latest news reports, Australia is facing the worst occupational lung disease crisis since the asbestos disaster.

Mining is not the industry in question this time. The recent spike in silicosis cases in the country is connected with kitchen renovations. Stonemasons who cut engineered stone into a popular type of kitchen benchtop are contracting accelerated silicosis at alarming levels, after being exposed to unsafe levels of silica dust.IMG_0952 (2)

While there is a high percentage of silica in most building materials, engineered stone is particularly notorious. It can contain up to 90 per cent silica, much higher than the content in granite or marble.  The considerable amount of dust is realised during cutting, drilling or blasting of engineered stone and without appropriate dust control workers’ health is compromised.

According to some reports in the past three financial years in Victoria there have been 16 silicosis claims by stonemasons, and in NSW there were 23 total silicosis claims, some by stonemasons. It is believed that this number will rise as more  workers get tested for silicosis.

Prevention is key and Mideco’s Bat Booth™ has been designed specifically to help with silicosis prevention as it deals with even the smallest dust particles. This powerful personnel de-dusting device uses a curtain of compressed air to blow the dust off the staff’s uniform. Instead of just being misplaced the dust is captured and removed due to low air pressure that’s maintained in the cabin throughout the cleaning process. It takes 10 – 12 seconds to permanently remove up to 50% more dust then via other commonly used dedusting equipment.

Since its launch in 2014 Bath Booth™ has been helping businesses take care of their staff and environment in many locations in Australia and around the world.

It’s been generating plenty of interest at industry events locally and overseas. In Australia it won “Highly Commended” award in the category of “Best Practice in Work Health & Safety” at the “Australian Bulk Handling Award” in Sydney in 2016.

Overseas Bat Booth™ has been included in the Dust Control Handbook produced by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. It was presented as one of the best examples of removing dust from personnel uniforms thus helping prevent dust related diseases, in particular those caused by silica exposure.

Bat Booth™ could be a powerful tool that can help contain the rising sad statistics of silicosis cases associated with engineered stone for kitchen benchtops.

Bat Booth™ for Stillwater Mining, US

Mideco is committed to providing high quality dust control solutions, and we are always pleased to receive great feedback from our clients.

Our U.S. client, Stillwater Mining, has been using Bat Booth™ since April, 2016. Their safety coordinator Shane Anderson has contacted us to let us know the client and staff are very happy with Bat Booth™ and use it frequently.

Stillwater Mining has a palladium mine in Columbus, Montana, USA. They required a PPD tool to protect their staff from the effects of inhaling fine particles of crushed palladium. Our US agent, Controlled Environments Group, LLC has liaised with the company and delivered Bat Booth™ to the site.

Bat Booth’s™ popularity is steadily growing in the American market.  It generated lots of interest at the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s convention in March.  This year it was also included in the Dust Control Handbook produced by NIOSH (the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). Bat Booth™ was presented as one of the best examples of removing dust from personnel uniforms thus helping prevent dust related diseases, in particular those caused by silica exposure.

Bat Booth™ is a popular choice for mining because it’s efficient, doesn’t require installation, needs minimum maintenance and removes up to 80% of dust in 10 seconds.  In Australia, it’s used at Glencore Mount Isa Mine and BHPB Olympic Dam amongst others.

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The 30th Annual Conference of Mining Industry is a few days away

Mideco is pleased to have attended to the 2018 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference that took place on the Gold Coast from 19 to 22 August. This annual conference on the mining workplace safety issues is one of the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The event is in its 30th year and it’s attended by nearly 700 delegates. The health and safety managers, occupational hygienists and training managers from some of the biggest names in mining such as Glencore, Anglo-American, BHP, Evolution Mining, Downer, Rio Tinto and many others participated in the conference as delegates and speakers.

The 2018 theme “Realising opportunities together” was supported by over 40 individual industry presentations. According to the conference co-chair Luca Rocchi, “This year’s theme focuses on working together to realise and identify opportunities for improvement in mining health and safety.”

There was a particular focus on the topic of dust exposure this year, especially coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) also known as black lung disease.  In Queensland with almost 30,000 staff working across 50 operating mines this is a particularly relevant issue. The well-known Report No. 2, issued by the 55th Parliament Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Select Committee on re-identification of CWP in Queensland, confirmed 21 coal mine workers in the state have been diagnosed with pneumoconiosis as of 29 May 2017.

Mr Fritz Djukic, Inspector of Mines (Occupational Hygiene) from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy presented a report on the topic titled “Dust Exposures in Queensland Surface Coal Mines: 2001 – 2017.”

The Queensland government is heavily invested in finding solutions and providing preventative measures to change the black lung statistics in the state. In August this year the government published a handbook on the problem – “Mine dust lung disease. Information for Queensland Mines and Quarries”.

It was interesting to hear from one of the keynote speakers, Dr. Cohen, about the increasing problem of the black lung disease in the United States. Dr Cohen, MD, the Professor of Medicine and Director of the Occupational Lung Disease Program at Northwestern University stressed in his report that countries must continue to knowledge share and collaborate to rid the mining industry of this terrible disease.

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All conference speakers shared this view and agreed that the solution of pneumoconiosis lies in its prevention.

Mideco’s personnel de-dusting system Bat Booth™ has been long recognised by the mining leaders such as BHP and Glencore as a great dust reduction tool that can help prevent the CWP.  Bat Booth has been designed to capture and permanently remove even the smallest dust particles such as silica.

We are proud to be helping the Australian mining industry change the sad statistics of the black lung disease by providing innovative solutions and modern technologies that can make a difference to the health of Australian miners.

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Bat Booth™ at QME 2018

This week Mideco is presenting the Bat Booth™ at the Queensland Mining and Engineering (QME) exhibition, the largest regional mining and engineering event in Australia.

It begins in Mackay tomorrow, 24 of July and over the next few days hundreds of companies from around Australia and the world will showcase the latest mining and engineering technical solutions available on the market.

It’s a perfect stage to introduce our Bat Booth™ to the mining industry. Its innovative but simple design allows to permanently remove up to 80% of dust from staff’s clothing in seconds, using only compressed air.

We already have a connection with Queensland mining. In 2017 Glencore Mount Isa Mines acquired their first Bat Booth™. We have received excellent feedback from a very happy client.  Participating at the QME in Mackay gives us an opportunity to introduce Bat Booth™ to more Queensland mines, where it can positively contribute to protecting the miners’ health from the harmful effects of silica dust.

In Queensland with almost 30,000 staff working across 50 operating mines this is a particularly relevant issue.  The well-known Report No. 2, issued by the 55th Parliament Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Select Committee on re-identification of CWP in Queensland, confirmed 21 coal mine workers in the state have been diagnosed with Pneumoconiosis or ‘black lung’ disease as of 29 May 2017.

However, this terrible disease can be prevented through appropriate dust control, adequate ventilation or personal respiratory protection.

Mideco’s Bat Booth™ was created specifically to deal even with the smallest dust particles such as silica, and it will help you protect your staff.

Will you be attending the QME? Come and talk to us about your dust removal needs at stand #OS500. Or call our sales representative today.

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Bat Booth™ updated brochure is available

Bat Booth BrochureWith Mideco’s Bat Booth™ being part of so many industry exhibitions recently, it’s only fair its brochure gets a facelift.

In 2018 we are refreshing our brand which will include an update of our promotional material. Earlier this year we have designed and published Mideco’s Corporate – a new company brochure that includes the company history, focus products and some case studies. Up next is the Bat Booth™ booklet.

Just like with Mideco’s Corporate, we are not making any serious changes to the brand, just improving the look. The Bat Booth™ brochure will have some new images and a slightly different layout.

While the look and feel of the brochure will change, the content will remain the same as our star personnel de-dusting machine doesn’t require an upgrade. Its unique and innovative design does the same perfect job of permanently removing up to 75% dust in 10 seconds  every time. The only items that need to be regularly updated are dust filters which work fairly hard once the Bat Booth™ is on site.

In the brochure you can also find the information about Bat Booth™ safety features, use applications, see before and after photos and illustration of its features.

Contact us today if you’d like a new brochure to be sent to you.