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16 July 2020
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Key compliance priorities updated

We have published our July - December 2020 Compliance priorities document which sets out the key compliance priorities for the next six months. Between July and December this year we aim to complete four compliance priorities targeting respirable dust (revision to the exposure standards), progressive rehabilitation, subsidence management, and non-reporting of incidents.

View the Compliance Priorities July – December 2020 

Practising certificates required from 1 October 2020

From 1 October 2020 this year, individuals will only be able to exercise a statutory function at a mine when they hold a practising certificate.

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Compliance priorities outcomes: Change management

Several serious incidents occurred in 2018 and 2019 which are indicative of change management issues. Change must be managed appropriately, otherwise hazards introduced due to change may not be adequately controlled and lead to an unwanted event occurring. 

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Cancellation of exemption

With the new respirable crystalline silica workplace exposure standard of 0.05mg/m3 in effect in NSW (commenced 1 July 2020), the class exemption Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Exemption (Notification of detection of atmospheric concentration of crystalline silica) 2019 has been cancelled.

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Update: COVID-19 situation

In line with the latest health advice, we are progressively returning to full operational levels regarding regulatory operations. More information on the key changes and our activities as COVID restrictions continue to be varied is available on our website.

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Storage of flammable liquids

Safe Work Australia has published a new guide on the storage of flammable liquids. The guide is for small to medium sized businesses and describes the risks of flammable liquids and explains, step by step, how to manage those risks.

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New look for Mine Safety News

Mine Safety News has adopted a new format for sharing our news and updates. Driven by feedback received from the subscriber survey conducted in early June, this new approach uses shorter articles and is now integrated with our website news feed for more timely delivery of important information.

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