Origin | Characteristics | Goals | Activities | Membership | Lithos committee | Secretaryship
Programm | Future plans | Service to companies | Security


ORIGIN OF LITHOS


Lithos Harelbeke, a circle of friends with a passion for mineralogy and paleontology has been founded in 1981.
From very modest roots started in Harelbeke , West-Flanders, Belgium, Lithos has become an association with about sixty members spread over Flanders and Wallonia. The 4 of April 2006 the association has become a non-profit organisation


CHARACTERISTICS OF LITHOS  


Lithos has room for all amateurs with strong interest in the hobby seen from different points of view, such as :


GOALS OF LITHOS 


The primary activity is the prospecting of minerals and fossils which happens in sites as well in Belgium as in other countries.


Building up know how and enrichment of the own personality of our members , directly through the determination process of the prospected minerals and fossils and indirectly through the contacts with amateurs and people from other geographic regions with other languages and cultures.

Lithos is aware of the social function it has to fulfil and regularly, fairs or other specific activities are organised for an interested public to let them enjoy the splendour of the stones of our earth


THE LITHOS ACTIVITIES



LITHOS MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBERSHIP WITH OTHER ASSOCIATIONS


All Lithos members have a personal Lithos membership card.
Lithos is member of the Council for Earth Sciences ( RAW-CST ) and has ratified the "Code of conducts for amateur geologists and collectors of minerals, rocks and fossils" ( annexes of the Belgian statute-book / Moniteur Belge of July 29th 1993 n° 13410).


LITHOS COMMITTEE


J. Vanheuverzwijn President
R. Allegaert Treasurer
J. Vandamme Prospection organizer(saturday)
A.Theys Meeting room manager
A.Tjoens Prospection organizer(sunday)
L.Verfaillie Lithos fair organizer
Y.Christiaens Task force paleontology

SECRETARYSHIP


Lithos - Harelbeke
René Declercqlaan 10
B-8530  Harelbeke - Belgium

Fax           (32) 56 71.81.09
Website   
http://www.lithos-harelbeke.org/
Email        lithos.harelbeke@pandora.be


  LITHOS PROSPECTIO PROGRAMM


Starting in 1981 LITHOS has been organising different trips to different sites,quarries and mines in inland and abroad


  • Belgium
    • Antoing
    • Bailleux
    • Beez
    • Couillet
    • Florennes
    • Harmignies
    • Landelies
    • Mont-sur-Marchienne
    • Quenast
    • Wellin
  • France
    • Auvergne
    • Aveyron
    • Bretagne
    • Morvan
    • Nord pas de Calais
    • Normandie
  • Germany
    • Eifel
    • Ertsgebirge
    • Harz
    • Idar Oberstein
    • Odenwald
    • Taunus
    • Zwarte Woud
  • Engeland
    • Folkestone
    • Sheppey
  • Czech
    • Medenec
    • Teskov
    • Pribram
       
  • Canada
    • Bancroft area

FUTURE PLANS FOR LITHOS


The determination process of collected specimens, especially for minerals is a great challenge. Lithos is conscious that more scientific support is needed. On relatively short term suitable spectrographic apparatus should be acquired.


Lithos maintains contacts with mineralogical associations in the US and Canada and plans further excursions to mineralogical and paleontological sites in this countries.


LITHOS SERVICE TO COMPANIES WHICH PROVIDE PROSPECTION AUTHORIZATION


On request of the authorisation providers but limited to the Lithos members capability, our association will take part in activities set up by them e.g. in open-door events or company promotion campaigns. Type mineral and / or fossil specimens found in the company sites can than be exhibited.


LITHOS AND SAFETY


Lithos is aware of the confidence been given by the authorisation providers to the Lithos members. Lithos will in any case not confound this confidence. Lithos asks every time for formal permission prior to proceeding the prospecting.


The number of participators is usually limited between 8 and 12 persons. If more are applying, than Lithos shall voluntary restrict the number. Eventually the procedure for a second trip will be started.


Lithos respects the rules of discipline and consigns imposed by the authorisation providers.


The Lithos members take full responsibility in case that an accident should occur and sign therefore a relieve document .
The Lithos association has a third-party insurance contract for all members at the KBC Police reference AN/31.639.3.2-0000


Lithos formally request all members which participate in the prospecting activities : to take cognisance of the specific risks mentioned below, to avoid this risks in order to prevent accidents from happening, to formally sign the Lithos safety rules declaration.

       A. LITHOS SAFETY RULES

-   Undermining stone and rock formations can result in collapses and this is as such not allowed.
-   Who prospects in rocky slopes is exposed to falling rocks or stones and this is as such not allowed.
-   Take in consideration that during your search activity, loose stone materials can fall down which could endanger and hurt colleagues working under and around you.
-   Take into consideration that during cutting and breaking activities, stone particles can fly about and hurt other colleagues.
-   Set foot on or creep into cavities create additional risks and is without professional supervision not allowed.
-   Show respect for the property and the materials present on the sites of the authorisation providers. Do not left foreign materials such as plastic bags , cans, food,..
-   IIf it should be necessary to perform small excavation work than the place of excavation must be refilled once the job finished.

        B. PERSONEL PRECAUTIONS

Lithos explicitly request their members, which participate in the prospecting activities to take all personnel precautions stated below to avoid personal accidents, or accidents which may occur to other colleagues.

-   Carry a safety helmet where risks are present, always in quarries.
-   Carry protective or safety-glasses during cutting and breaking
-   Carry safety-gloves during prospecting, cutting and breaking
-   Carry suitable shoes during prospecting, by preference safety-shoes
-   The personal equipment must be in good condition and adapted to the situation.
-   The cutting and breaker material such as crowbar , sledgehammer , hammer and chisels must be in good and safe conditions.
-   Do not isolate you from the group during prospecting , take care that more colleagues known where you are.
     


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