Operator: Laboratory

Swakop Uranium

Erongo Region, Namibia


Sep 10

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB:To analyze a variety of samples required for mining operations and support the Chemist with their daily activity to ensure smooth running of the laboratory service within Swakop Uranium. Key Performance Areas:Conducts all laboratory daily checks on machinery and instrumentation as per laboratory procedures.Ensures that the lab instrumentation, lab-ware and fume cupboard are always clean.Cleans equipment and instruments cautiously before and after use.Ensures that all chemicals are handled according to the material safety data sheet.Ensures that each lab instrument has a maintenance schedule and that each schedule is timeously actioned.All turnaround times for analysis must be strictly adhered to, as this has a direct impact on the performance of the laboratory.Ensures that samples are stored logically and neatly in the sample store for future use and that completed samples are discarded in the prescribed manner.Ensures that all the necessary consumables/reagents are present and sufficient.Uses the appropriate method to prepare the various samples according to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).Use all laboratory equipment properly, do not cause unnecessary damage / malfunction.Receives samples from various sections, sorts and visually checks samples and containers for leaks or contaminants, etc. and reports all problems to the Chemist.Ensures that all samples are accounted for and recorded as per laboratory analysis.Verifies what analysis must be done.Analysis of plant solutions, slurry, solids etc.Standardizes solutions used for analysis on a shift basis, all reagents used must be standardized/ stored correctly.Determines results as per methods for laboratory.Performs screening tests for quality.Ensures that analysis done on all samples are accurate, timeous and also that differences between results obtained are within set limits.Carries out repeat analysis where needed.Ensures that samples entering the lab are captured on the LIMS system.Ensures samples are done and completed in agreed turnaround time in LIMS and that any discrepancies are reported in LIMS.Uses thorough knowledge of prescribed methods to be followed in order to analyze the different samples.Produces quality work according to a strict safety policy and prescribed laboratory methods, checks results against a control system, to ensure a high degree of accuracy and precision.Uses methods as prepared by the Chemist and makes up required solutions in consultation with the Chemist according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).Ensures that new control samples are within acceptable limits.Ensures that all results/breakdowns/problems are timeously and correctly communicated to all relevant supervisors/managers.Adheres to schedules and reports results according to set deadlines.Reports daily results onto worksheets and LIMS system.Reports any abnormal results immediately to the Chemist.Ensures communication is done professionally to Lab assistant, Chemist and Managers.Maintains records of all sample tests and analysis.

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Swakop Uranium

Swakop Uranium started development of the mine in February 2013.