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DMP releases draft code of practice for ventilation in WA

A wide angle elevated view of an open cut mine. An excavator scoops up dirt and ore and is about to empty it into the rear tray of the haulage truck.

A draft code of practice for Ventilation in Western Australian mining operations has been released for public comment by the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

Mines Safety Director and State Mining Engineer Andrew Chaplyn said it was the first proposed code of practice specific to ventilation for metalliferous mining operations in Western Australia.

“It is critical that mine workers are not exposed to the risks presented by hazardous atmospheres, whether caused by fire, extreme temperatures, explosions, gases, airborne contaminants or diesel emissions,” Mr Chaplyn said.

“Access to breathable air is vital and safety controls should either prevent hazardous atmospheres or protect workers.”

Mr Chaplyn said the code aims to provide standards to industry to enable them to protect workers from being exposed to hazardous atmospheres in mining operations.

The draft outlines hazards, roles and responsibilities, planning and management of ventilation.

“All mining operations must have a documented risk assessment for hazardous atmospheres and appropriate controls in place to manage risks,” Mr Chaplyn said.

The draft code of practice for Ventilation in Western Australian mining operations is available for public comment until 16 September and feedback should be sent to RSDComms@dmp.wa.gov.au.

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