The Mine Occupational Health and Safety Leading Practice Adoption System (MOSH) is underpinned by a change management process, which was developed by the Minerals Council to accelerate progress towards achieving health and safety milestones. This change process used and its relevance and applicability for the modernising mining context is investigated through this study. This study has focussed on gaining an understanding into the change management process that the industry is using currently, and a potential review of it to support the modernising mining context.
Research and development
A literature review was conducted to provide insights into the current adoption methodologies and required capacities for the adoption landscape. The research process included reviewing and modifying the MOSH guideline as provided by the MOSH hub. The researchers assessed the guideline’s applicability to the adoption of new technologies and processes, and they incorporated learnings from the huddle maps. The contextual phase of the research process involved mapping the adoption landscape and conducting a SWOT analysis, which looked into the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with the adoption of leading practices. The research includes a three-step process which entails;
1. Identifying the leading practice;
2. Documenting the leading practice; and
3. Facilitating widespread adoption.
MOSH is an expert-led, well-researched yet detailed, prescriptive set of actions used to identify a leading practice, documenting such a practice, and then facilitating wide-spread adoption. The value proposition is experienced as overwhelmingly complex, not inspiring as an integrated change management solution, yet valuable as it offers a risk-based project management solution. The behavioural processes are limited to the cognitive approach of mental modelling. Change management in a modernising mining context requires a positive people-centric, inclusive approach, with a transformation purpose, and an agreed to journey map with lean change management plans. This study has confirmed that a review of the MOSH Adoption system is needed, and that the MOSH change management process is not applicable for the modernising mining context.
This research was commissioned to SML Solutions. The researchers involved in this project are Rina Müller, Alexis Mshodi, David Tsililo, Madelein Steenkamp, Fanie Ferreira, and Steve van der Schyff.
The Adoption of New Technology - MOSH Modernisation research is ongoing and the researchers are currently working towards documenting the leading practice and facilitating widespread adoption to address health and safety concerns.