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14 April 2022
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We're urging the mining industry to keep safety top of mind this Easter holiday season.

We understand that many mining operations continue to operate during the Easter holiday period and that it can be a stressful time of year for people working in the industry and the broader community. 

We've developed information to help mitigate the potential increased risk, covering the topics of drugs and alcohol, fatigue, heat and mental health, which can be accessed on our website

For workers who are having time off over Easter, enjoy your break, relax and stay safe!  

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Crane incidents on the rise

A rise in the number of incidents involving cranes has prompted us to review recent events in the NSW mining industry.

Over the past 12 months, there were nine incidents involving cranes, with the three most recent incidents occurring within a four-week period.

The incidents involved both mobile and gantry cranes with a range of causes or contributing factors, without a common theme. 

We've developed a safety bulletin that includes analysis of three specific incidents and recommendations to industry. 

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MESS 2022 tickets on sale

Early bird tickets have been released for the 30th Mechanical Engineering Safety Seminar (MESS) to be held on 10 - 11 August, 2022 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

The 2-day seminar will focus on mechanical safety and health issues in mines and provide a means for collective communication, discussion and consultation of those issues between engineers and other key stakeholders.

The full program will be released in the coming weeks, however in the meantime we encourage those keen to attend to take advantage of the early bird discount and secure your seat. Early bird tickets include the 2-day seminar and dinner on the 10 August, 2022. Limited tickets available.

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Call for speakers - MEMSS 2022

We are seeking enthusiastic and experienced presenters to be part of the second Mining Engineering Managers' Safety Seminar on 12 and 13 October 2022 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney NSW.

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to share their experience, insights and learnings with mining engineering managers (MEMs) from across the NSW mining industry.

Expressions of interest close 13 May 2022.

Learn more and submit an application

Updates to certificate of competence exam calendar

Further updates have been made to the examination calendar on our website. Details are available here and changes include:

  • The closing date for applying to sit the Mining Engineering Manager Underground Coal Mines oral exam has been extended to 18 April 2022. Candidates are to apply through the Resources Regulator portal.
  • A briefing session for the next round of Mechanical Engineering Manager and Mechanical Engineer exams will be held on 28 April. People must register to attend via our Briefing sessions webpage.

Further information can be sought from the Mining competence team at mca@planning.nsw.gov.au or 4063 6461. 

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Updated maintenance of competence resources and compliance auditing

The maintenance of competence web page has been updated including an improved recommended spreadsheet with more formulas to monitor totals and a self-assessment sheet to check your level of compliance, with a worked example.

We have contracted Core Mine Training and Mines Rescue to complete 100 audits of practising certificate holders for their compliance with the maintenance of competence condition by 30 June 2022.

Practising certificate holders should download the revised logbook from our maintenance of competence webpage. They should complete the self-assessment worksheet to ensure their log is ready to be audited, should it be requested.

Further information can be sought from the Mining competence team at mca@planning.nsw.gov.au or 4063 6461. 

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EOI for Chairperson of Mining and Petroleum Competence Board

Expressions of interest are sought for appointment as independent Chairperson of the Mining and Petroleum Competence Board.

The Board is a Minister-appointed statutory body established under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013.

The Chairperson must be independent of the mining industry stakeholder organisations and registered training organisations that service the mining industry. Appointment is for a term of up to three years.

Applications and resumes should be submitted by email to rr.secretariat@planning.nsw.gov.au. Applications close on 22 April 2022. More information is available on our website

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Free coaching resources from SafeWork

SafeWork NSW is highlighting the importance of mentally healthy workplaces by providing free coaching resources.

Each business can access up to four hours of free coaching delivered online or over the phone. Coaching targets mental health issues such as bullying, stress or change. Visit the website for more information. 

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