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7 May 2020
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Catherine Hill Bay Coal Preparation Plant rehabilitation achieves residential land use

We have recently completed an assessment of the progressive rehabilitation works undertaken at part of the former Catherine Hill Bay Coal Preparation Plant and determined that the rehabilitation obligations have been fulfilled to the requisite standard in accordance with the approved closure plan and development consent.

Read the full Rehabilitation information release (RIR20-02)
Latest Business activities report

Latest Business activities report

March 2020 Business activities report shows we commenced 163 site assessments in March with 268 safety notices issued.

For more data, details, and insights visit our Business activities reports page.

View our latest Business activities reports

New gas detector design order

We have issued a new gas detector design order which commenced on 24 April 2020 along with a supporting fact sheet.
The new design order clarifies its application to non-flammable gas detectors.
Click here for the new design order and fact sheet

Work health and safety undertaking rejected

We have recently rejected a work health and safety enforceable undertaking submitted by Maules Creek Coal Pty Ltd.

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Class exemption for new respirable crystalline silica exposure standard

The class exemption that exempts mines and petroleum sites from having to comply with the new respirable crystalline silica exposure standard of 0.05mg/m3 in the revised Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants (WESFAC) has been varied by SafeWork NSW and will now cease on 30 June 2020. 

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Successful COVID-19 exercise for Far West mines

Exercise PANDEMINEIUM, held Tuesday 28 April, has been hailed a success by all participants. The focus of the exercise was to test the effectiveness of the new operating constraints arising from COVID-19 in the event of a major incident at a mine in the Far West of New South Wales.

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Completion of rehabilitation at Kempsey Clay Mine

In October 2019, Fishers Property Group Pty Ltd (FGP) lodged an application with us to obtain formal sign off on completed rehabilitation works. Our assessment determined the rehabilitation was undertaken progressively in accordance with the obligations set out in the mining operations plan and the security deposit was returned to the title holder.
Read the full Rehabilitation information release (RIR20-01)

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Safe Work Australia
Increased demand for P2 disposable respirators

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction businesses and some other industries have had difficulty getting P2 disposable respirators used for protection against dust and chemicals including silica, asbestos, and lead. This extra demand is leading to fake respiratory protective equipment (RPE) entering the Australian market. 

For more information read SafeWork NSW’s safety alert.
Read SafeWork NSW’s safety alert

New COVID-19 WHS industry guidance available

The Safe Work Australia website has been updated to provide a central hub of work health and safety (WHS) guidance and tools to help Australian workplaces access COVID-19 resources that are directly relevant to their specific industry. The new drop-down menus filter information and resources tailored for:
  • employers, small business and workers
  • the industry you work in, and
  • the health and safety topic that you would like information on.
Click here to access the new Safe Work resources
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