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Safety Alert: 

Two workers suffer serious fluid injection injuries in separate incidents

In the first incident, a worker suffered a fluid injection to his arm from the class B high pressure cleaning unit he was using when the hose connection fitting became unscrewed from the base of the gun.

In the second incident, two workers were using a high pressure cleaner for descaling steel sets in a service shaft before stopping to add an extension piece on the gun. With the pressure cleaner turned off, one of the workers held the gun while the other began changing the extension. The worker holding gun operated the trigger, releasing residual pressure in the hose causing a fluid injection injury to the left palm of the other worker. 

In both incidents the injured workers were taken to hospital for treatment.
Download the full alert here [PDF 98 KB]

Mining Design Guideline republished

The Resources Regulator has updated and republished MDG 15 - Mobile and transportable plant for use on mine and petroleum sites.

The guideline applies generally to mobile and transportable plant used at surface mines, surface parts of underground mines, underground metalliferous mines and petroleum sites.
Download the full guideline here [PDF 1.2 MB]

New Chief Inspector

As of Friday 2 February 2018, Dave McLean has resigned from his position as Chief Inspector. For the interim period, Garvin Burns is the Chief Inspector for NSW mines.

The Chief Inspector is a critical position that provides high-level technical advice to the regulator, and takes the lead in improving the health and safety of those who work in NSW’s mining and petroleum industries.

The Chief Inspector also exercises statutory responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013.

To report an incident, or to enquire about mine safety related matters, please call 1300 814 609.

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New order recognises existing qualifications

The Resources Regulator has published a gazette relating to the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013.

The gazette, Recognition of existing qualifications for underground mine supervisor of an underground mine other than coal mines, provides recognition to holders of certain certificates and permits to exercise the function of Underground Mine Supervisor.
Download the gazette [PDF 159 KB]

Improving the health and safety of workers at all mine and petroleum sites

The Resources Regulator has developed a health control plan guide that will inform operators and other persons conducting a business or undertaking at a mine or petroleum site of their legislative requirements, to ensure the highest health and safety standards for workers are in place.

In addition to scheduled workshops aimed at helping mines develop or update their health control plan, the regulator has produced a series of online educational videos and guidance materials.
More information on developing a health control plan
NSW Government,
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

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