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Together with the NSW Minerals Council, we are pleased to announce we will be holding a series of events throughout 2022 to advance the knowledge of collision avoidance and proximity detection systems and development relevant to the NSW mining industry.

The events will start with a Knowledge and Experience Hybrid Forum to be held in March 2022 for practice leaders in collision avoidance to share their knowledge and experience with industry. An online discussion board and Advancing Implementation Face-to-Face Forum will follow in the coming months to develop a common level of knowledge and address barriers to implementation.

Registration now open

Registration is now open for the first event: NSW Mining Collision Avoidance (Knowledge and Experience) Forum which will be held on 22 March 2022, 9:00am – 5:00pm, at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and online. Registration is free, however face-to-face tickets are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Learn more and register

Have your say about reporting safety concerns 

The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) wants to hear from you about the reporting of safety concerns in the NSW coal mining industry.

This follows findings and recommendations from the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry into a serious accident at Queensland’s Grosvenor coal mine in 2020.

MSAC has commissioned the Regulator to undertake a survey to better understand the reporting of safety concerns and to help identify similar issues that may exist within NSW coal mines.

We’ve created a quick 6-minute anonymous survey where your responses will provide crucial feedback in relation to the reporting of safety concerns in NSW coal mine sites.

Read more and take the survey

Enforceable undertakings from Winder Controls Australia Pty Ltd accepted

We have accepted an enforceable undertaking from Winder Controls Australia Pty Ltd following an investigation into an incident on 6 October 2020 at the Appin East Mine.

The incident occurred during the removal of the winder rope from the driftwinder as part of an equipment upgrade project. The head sheave pulley wheel, weighing several tonnes, dislodged from its support frame and fell approximately 13 metres to the ground below.

At the time, a contract worker was positioned on the ground level, within a taped-off, restricted access area directly below the pulley wheel. The worker had to move in order to avoid being struck by the falling object. No injuries resulted from the incident.

 For more information, see:
Enforceable undertakings accepted

Critical worker self-isolation exemption revised

The Minister for Health, being satisfied that it is necessary to protect the health, welfare, safety and wellbeing of members of the public, granted amendments to the exemption under clause 15 of the Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order (No 4) 2021 (the Order).

The critical worker exemption under the Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order (No 4) 2021 has been revised and it adds workers from the following categories.

  • Persons who are employed or engaged to undertake statutory functions under Schedule 10 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014
  • A person who is employed or engaged at a major hazard facility, as defined in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017, and who is necessary to ensure the critical safety of the facility

For more information, view the Critical Worker Exemption from the Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order (No4). Use the follwing link for the full Public Health Orders and restrictions.

Latest COVID update

Safety and Health Representatives Seminar

Our annual Safety and Health Representatives Seminar, to be held on 23 March 2022, is an important annual learning and development opportunity for coal mine safety and health representatives.

This free, one-day seminar brings together industry safety and health representatives (ISHR) and site safety heath representatives (SSHR) for a range of technical knowledge sessions and presentations by representatives from the Regulator, investigators and selected keynote speakers on relevant regulatory and technical topics. 

Invitations have been sent to nominated ISHRs and SSHRs. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to attend, please contact the engagement team on to request an invitation.

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New Executive Director Peter Day

We are pleased to welcome Peter Day, the new Executive Director of the Resources Regulator. Peter joined the Regulator last month and has extensive experience in regulatory roles.

He joins us from the Department of Primary Industries where he has held the role of Director, Biosecurity & Food Safety Compliance and Integrity Systems since July 2019. Before that Peter was Group Director Emergency Operations, Intelligence & Programs and has also spent several years in other NSW government regulatory roles. 

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2022 Small Mines Roadshow - tickets now available

2022 Small Mines Roadshow - limited tickets available

Our annual health and safety roadshow for small mines and quarries is underway and tickets are moving fast for the remaining events.

These free, full-day workshops provide valuable information and resources to the small mines' sector that will assist you to maintain safe mining practices and also provide an opportunity for face-to-face engagement with the Regulator.

Limited tickets are available at the following regional locations:

Read more and register

MESS 2022 - Call for speakers

We are seeking experienced and enthusiastic presenters for the 30th Annual Mechanical Engineering Safety Seminar to be held on 10 and 11 August 2022.

The submission deadline for presenter applications is 1 April 2022. Note: If you submitted an expression of interest for 2021, you do not need to complete an application.

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