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10 April 2019

In this issue:

Blasting explosives user licence reference

People interested in obtaining a blasting explosives user licence - BEUL (mining class) reference for open cut coal mines, can apply to sit the written exam on 29 May. The reference is required by SafeWork NSW as a pre-requisite to issuing the BEUL.

Applicants must complete and submit their application by Monday 22 April. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Further information on arrangements for the exam will be provided to candidates who have applied and been approved.

The next written exam is expected to take place towards the end of the year.

For more information, call the Mining Competence team on 4063 6461 or email
BEUL reference application form

Use of cables in hazardous zones

The following Class Exemption has been published in the NSW Government Gazette. The Exemption applies to the use of cables in a hazardous zone in an underground coal mine, where the concentration of methane in the general body of air is less than 1.25% by volume.
NSW Government Gazette Class Exemption - use of cables in hazardous zones

Court for Peak Gold Mine over 2017 death

We have begun prosecution proceedings in the District Court against Peak Gold Mines Pty Ltd over a work-place death at a mine near Cobar in April 2017.

The Resources Regulator will allege Peak Gold Mines contravened section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, by failing to comply with a health and safety duty imposed by section 19 of that Act. The alleged Category 2 offence has a maximum penalty of $1,500,000.
Media release: Court for Peak Gold Mine over 2017 death

Abterra Australia convicted and fined

The Court has decided to convict and fine Abterra Australia Pty Ltd $180,000 for failing to comply with a legal obligation to pay an environmental rehabilitation security deposit.
Media release: Abterra Australia convicted and fined

Silica Symposium

Registrations are now open for the SafeWork NSW Silica Symposium 2019.

Join SafeWork NSW and crystalline silica experts at this one day symposium to learn about the latest in silica best practice. There will be industry specific workshops in the afternoon, including one on tunnelling and mining, facilitated by Kate Cole, Occupational Hygienist, Sydney Metro and SafeWork's Daniel Beavon.

Register for free today, spaces are limited:
SafeWork NSW Silica Symposium 2019
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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