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22 August 2019

Mangoola Coal Mine developed this short video as part of an enforceable undertaking with the Regulator. It illustrates the causal factors that led to an incident on 10 October 2016, when the cabin of a 250-tonne excavator dislodged and fell onto its tracks at the mine. The operator had to be rescued from the cabin by the mine’s rescue team.

Click here for further information regarding the Mangoola Work Health and Safety (WHS) undertaking.

TAP report - Diesel exhaust emissions

We undertook a targeted assessment program relating to the hazard of worker exposure to diesel exhaust emissions in underground coal mines.
The results of this assessment program demonstrated that although all sites have acknowledged the criticality of maintaining sufficient ventilation to dilute exhaust gases, the implementation and maintenance of the associated controls did not appear to be systematically implemented at a number of sites. This poor maintenance of controls was also demonstrated in the management of filter systems fitted to mobile plant to reduce airborne diesel particulate matter.

Mine operators are encouraged to review this report and evaluate their management of diesel exhaust emissions in their work place.
Click here for the report
Mine operators are required to provide the Regulator a quarterly work health and safety report. Haven’t gotten around to it yet? Reports are required for each mine for the quarter periods ending 30 September 2018, 31 December 2018, 31 March 2019 and 30 June 2019. These reports were due by 31 July 2019. Further information on the reports can be found here.

If you do not have Regulator Portal access you can obtain a copy of a paper report by calling 1300 814 609. For questions, please contact us via email.

Operators of petroleum sites, underground small gemstone mines, opal mines and tourist mines are not required to submit quarterly reports.
Click here for further information

Media releases

Click on the links below to read our latest media releases.
Young Mining agrees to meet rehabilitation deposit terms
LakeCoal Pty Ltd fined $180,000 for WHS breach
Incident at Snapper Minerals Sands Mine
Use of oxygen candles
We have developed a fact sheet on the proper use of oxygen candles in refuge chambers at underground mines.

An oxygen candle is a chemical oxygen gas generator sealed in a steel cannister which contains a mix of sodium chlorate and iron powder. The generator is usually ignited by a firing pin. When ignited, a chemical reaction occurs which produces oxygen gas, suitable for breathing.

A risk assessment must be carried out prior to the procurement and introduction of an oxygen candle at a mine.
Factsheet: Use of oxygen candles in refuge chambers at underground mines

Safework NSW silica roadshow 2019

SafeWork NSW, the NSW Resources Regulator and industry experts have joined together to deliver this one-day event advising on the latest in silica best practice to keep you and your workplace safe.
The first two events, held in Orange and Liverpool, had more than 230 attendees from the mining and construction industries learning about silica hazards, control solutions and dust and health monitoring.

The free event features case studies, practical advice, and supplier displays including PPE, hygienist consultants, tools and equipment.

To register for one of the 4 remaining events in 2019, please click on your chosen location below
29 August - Ballina
3 September - Newcastle/New Lambton
4 September - Tamworth
16 October - Queanbeyan

New guidance for labour hire

The new guide Labour hire: duties of persons conducting a business or undertaking, is now available on the Safe Work Australia website.

Businesses using or providing labour hire should read the guide for information about their WHS responsibilities.

GHS 7 consultation summary

An online consultation for the proposal to adopt an updated edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) under the model WHS laws was conducted in July 2019.

Twenty-four submissions were received from a range of stakeholders, including users of hazardous chemicals, manufacturers, suppliers, peak industry associations and government agencies.

For further information, the consultation summary is available on the Safe Work Australia website.
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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