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12 September 2018
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Preventing fires on mobile plant

The Resources Regulator has developed a discussion paper as a first step in consultation about the use and possible regulation of mitigation strategies for the prevention of fires on mobile plant. We want your feedback on the current and future use of fire-resistant fluid in mobile plant in NSW mines and other solutions to reduce the number of fires on mobile plant.

You are invited to respond to the questions posed in this discussion paper and provide any additional information on matters you think should be considered in relation to the use of fire-resistant fluids in mobile plant in mining applications.

Feedback closes 14 September 2018
Please provide your submissions to by 14 September 2018. The discussion paper and details about how to make a submission are available here.

Preventing Fires on Mobile Plant - Discussion paper [PDF, 292KB]
Fires on mobile plant - Discussion questions [DOCX, 3.9MB]

Notification of mine or petroleum site operator 

The mine operator is a key duty holder under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 and Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014. Their responsibilities include developing and implementing a safety management system.
Before mining or petroleum operations begin at a mine or petroleum site, the site holder must notify the regulator of the operator. The operator may be the mine or petroleum site holder themselves or another person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who is appointed by the mine or petroleum site holder to operate the site.
An appointed site operator must agree to the appointment and the mine or petroleum site holder must give the requisite authority to the operator to allow the operator to discharge their duties and have actual management or control of the mine or petroleum site.
The site holder must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the regulator is notified before the appointment takes effect. A mine or petroleum site operator must also notify the regulator of any change to the operator’s contact details as soon as practicable (and no later than 28 days) after the change. Failure to provide notification of an operator or change of details are penalty notice offences.
For more information including a guide and links to relevant forms:
Mine or petroleum site operator notification

2018 Electrical engineering safety seminar - Register today!

You're invited to our 28th annual Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday, 7 and 8 November 2018.

An early bird fee of $745.00 (plus GST) is available for the full seminar until midnight, Sunday 30 September.

The theme of the seminar this year will be ‘Electrical Engineering Safety - Back to Basics’. The seminar is an established and respected forum for electrical engineers in the mining industry and focuses on a wide-range of electrical engineering activities.

We invite all interested designers, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, hirers and mine operators to attend. The seminar will bring together recognised and respected speakers to present a range of topics from all mining sectors, including coal, extractives and petroleum.

The seminar will provide opportunities for professional networking, collaboration, discussion and debate. Further information and a copy of the program is available here.

Book now to secure your seat: EESS2018

Venue details:
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel
61-101 Philip Street, Sydney

Small mines health and safety roadshow

Next event: 3 October 2018, Merimbula (click here to register your interest)

The NSW Resources Regulator are holding health and safety roadshows across NSW. The roadshow will include information and instruction about principal hazard management plans, hazard control plans and reporting or notifying the regulator of safety incidents. It will also involve reflection upon recently accumulated data surrounding recent mine safety incidents.
Click here for roadshow dates, locations and to register your interest

Mining Design Guideline 41 updated

Fluid power systems are used as an energy source on mechanical plant in mines. They offer the advantage of high-energy transfer in confined areas. Fluid power systems rely on the transmission and storage of pressurised fluid energy.

Fluid power systems present a range of unique safety hazards. One of the most dangerous of all is being struck by high pressure fluid escaping at high velocity. This results in high-pressure injection injuries. Workplaces in the vicinity of fluid systems will present risks to the health and safety of workers. The effect on workers range from minor to severe burns, lacerations and amputations, eye injuries and blindness and, in some cases, death.

This document has been technically reviewed and updated in line with existing legislation to assist people involved with high pressure fluids to minimise risk throughout plant life cycle activities.
Mining Design Guideline 41

Maintenance of competence scheme - new resources available

New resources have been added to the maintenance of competence scheme for practising certificates webpage on the NSW Resources Regulator website.

Now available is a fact sheet on frequently asked questions related to the maintenance of competence scheme, with new information in response to questions to the regulator. There is also a sample logbook for all learning types and recommended logbook entries for both the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Safety Seminars held in 2017.

If you need more advice about the maintenance of competence scheme, contact the Resources Regulator’s Mining Competence Team at or  4063 6461.
Maintenance of competence scheme
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
516 High St
Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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