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8 May 2019

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Registration is now open for this year's Mechanical Engineering Safety Seminar. Now in its 29th year, it's a prestigious and respected seminar for mechanical engineers in the mining industry.

The 2-day seminar focuses on mechanical safety and health issues in mines and provides a means for collective communication, discussion and consultation of those issue between engineers and other key stakeholders.

Join us. Register before 14 July and take advantage of the early bird discount.
Register online

WHS obligations for exploration

Tony Linnane, Director Regulatory Services, joined a prestigious list of guest speakers at the 2019 NSW Mining Exploration Forum this week. He spoke and answered questions on the topic of 'Understanding your WHS obligations'. 
Presentation: Understanding your WHS obligations for exploration

Dust disease - know the risk, manage the risk

Airborne contaminants generated during mining and quarrying activities can be harmful to a person’s health if not properly managed. Long-term exposure to high concentrations of dust can cause lung disease. Refer to our Dust safety in metals and extractives industries booklet to understand the risks and measures required to minimise exposure to respirable dust, respirable crystalline silica and inhalable dust.
In NSW mines, no person is to be exposed to airborne dust that exceeds exposure standards and mines must ensure that worker exposure is as low as reasonably practicable.

The aim is to reduce dust generation. The order in which controls are implemented must follow the hierarchy of controls: elimination, substitution, engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE is a last line of defence against exposure and should not be relied upon as a primary control measure.

Changes to notification form

Please be advised that the form to notify us of other matters (notifying changes to statutory position holders) including reportable events has been updated on our website:

The revised form includes a section to request access to our Regulator Portal. 

If you have an old version of the form saved on your computer, please replace it with the latest version. We will no longer be accepting notifications using the old form.
Notification of other matters including reportable events

Quarterly reports

Mine operators now have the option to submit quarterly work health and safety reports once a year, between 1 and 31 July for the previous four quarters.

However, if you wish to submit your quarterly reports as they are produced, this option is located in your open tasks on the Regulator Portal and is available at the end of each reporting quarter.
Regulator Portal
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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