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31 October 2019

Seeking continued commitment

We are seeking the continued support and commitment of all mine operators in NSW to deliver on our vision of a ‘Safe and responsible mining, extractive and petroleum industry’.

During November we are asking the NSW mining industry to focus on ‘Learning from disasters’. Learning from experience, preventing devastating reoccurrences and improving the health and safety of all those working in the mining industry is a profound way to acknowledge and recognise all those affected by mining incidents throughout history.

The Resources Regulator has developed a number of resources on this topic, including an interactive timeline and a training package consisting of three programs to ensure mine workers learn from past mining disasters. 

We are seeking your direct support and a commitment to deliver Program 1 to your workforce over the coming weeks and by no later than 6 December 2019. This program is a one-hour induction or refresher training for mine workers.
Learning from disasters training package

Mudgee Stone and company executive convicted and fined for mining offences

On 23 October 2019, Mudgee Stone Co Pty Ltd and its company director Mr Robert Murdoch were convicted and fined in Downing Centre Local Court and ordered to pay costs totalling $340,000 for a range of offences under the Mining Act 1992, following prosecution by the Resources Regulator.
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Places are filling fast for our 29th Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar (13-14 November 2019)

Register and secure your place today to hear from speakers such as Associate Professor Chris Andrews presenting on the major consequences of minor shocks and Professor Robin Burgess-Limerick speaking on automation and human factors.

The seminar agenda and further information is available on our website.

Don't miss out, register today! 
Register online
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Join us at our inaugural Mining Engineering Manager Safety Seminar (3-4 December 2019) as we focus on stepping safely into the future and the challenges and solutions facing mine managers in implementing change management and adopting new technology.

This unmissable seminar will bring together case studies from Mining Engineering Managers who are implementing new technology and the lessons learned on their journey to date.

For more details see the full agenda.

Register online
Download the latest report

Latest compliance audit report

We routinely undertake compliance audits of mining operations and exploration activities to assess whether titleholders are meeting their compliance requirements and to identify opportunities for improvement.

Use the link below to view our most recent audit report.
To view previous audit reports, visit our website.
Compliance audit report: Perilya Broken Hill Operations

NSW supports more stringent coal dust and silica exposure standards

The NSW Government will support Safe Work Australia’s recommendation to reduce the Australian Workplace Exposure Standard for respirable coal dust from 2.5 to 1.5 mg/m3 and respirable crystalline silica from 0.1 to 0.05 mg/m3.

The Government will also support SafeWork Australia undertaking further research on whether a reduction to 0.9 mg/m3 for respirable coal dust and 0.02 mg/m3 for respirable crystalline silica is achievable.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson confirmed the Government position last week as well as announcing a range of new measures targeting silica dust issues in the manufactured stone fabrication industry. Read the media release.

Safe Work Australia has proposed that the reductions be implemented within three years.

SafeWork Media release: New initiatives protect workers using sandstone and silica products
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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