ANALYTICAL LABORATORY FOR MINING AND INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
TRAINING CENTRE FOR CHEMISTS AND LABORATORY ANALYSTS

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Services we offer includes but are not limited to:

SAMPLING:

Automated systems
Manual Systems (Port of Saldanha)

CHEMISTRY:

Physical testing Analytical testing

XRF SPECTROMETRY:

Geology samples Final products such as Iron & Manganese ores

CONSULTING:

Laboratory audits (ISO17025)
Spectrometry assistance
Training in laboratories

Cawood laboratories

Cawood labs Saldanha Bay

projects

Projects are based on customer requirements such as:

  • Geology and Exploration Iron Ore Sample Preparation and Analysis.
  • Mineral Sands Analysis with Trace elements included.
  • Nickel and Chrome Exploration Ore Sample Preparation and Analysis.

Previous projects include:
Design, commissioning and managing laboratories in the
corporate mining arena such as for the Anglo American PLC and for the South African Bureau of Standards.

Cawood Laboratories Saldanha Bay

Consulting services

Consulting Services cover client requirements but frequently include:

  • Laboratory Auditing
  • Specialised Sampling on Stationary and Moving Lots
  • XRF spectrometry methods and calibrations
  • XRF spectrometry training
  • Laboratory Management training
  • IEC/ISO 17025 Standard laboratory accreditation training
  • Planning and design of new laboratories and sampling
    systems
  • Budgets and costs analysis for proposed new laboratories
  • Rationalisation of resources requirements

Management

Ownership of Cawood Laboratories: Senior BSc Honours graduate. The three senior managers combined constitute prior industrial experience of 38 years in mining and commercial laboratories. Staff Human Resources and Industrial Relations are outsourced to a Cape Town consultancy M Crotz. The payroll is handled by our accountants, Marlo Lennox at Wesrek in Saldanha.

Core Values

Safety First at all times
Strict control & adherence to safety regulations ensures a safe working environment
Customer Service
Our customers are our most important assets
Safe Environmental Practices
All hazardous substances are collected, removed & treated as per legal regulations
Integrity and Accountability
Taking ownership, responsibility and follow through at all levels
Upholding the Quality Management System
Commitment to a system that functions optimally
Staff Development
Proper training structures and interest in self development is encouraged

Quality Standards

Operations in the laboratory maintain the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard compliance and various specific ISO Sampling Standards. Statistics and Quality Control practices comply with the ISO 3085 International Standard. We have annual maintenance contracts with all suppliers to maintain and review our equipment at the correct intervals for each item.