The NSW mining regulator is taking the health and safety message on the road, visiting 15 key centres across NSW.
The NSW Resources Regulator is responsible for regulating health and safety at mines and quarries and is taking its Small Mines and Quarries Health and Safety Roadshow across the state from Ballina to Broken Hill and Merimbula.
Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Resources John Barilaro said mining is a vitally important industry in NSW and maintaining safety is a key priority.
“My goal is to make NSW the number one mining investment destination,” Mr Barilaro said.
“But in order to do that, we must ensure that the health and safety of workers is front and centre.
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“Taking this roadshow around NSW means we can bring the important health and safety message directly to small mine operators in their own back yards.
“Mining is a leading contributor to our prosperity and the safety of workers is a responsibility taken extremely seriously,” he said.
Resources Regulator Chief Inspector of Mines Garvin Burns said NSW has a world-class regulatory system for mines and quarries and having safety plans is integral to every mining operation.
“The roadshow brings information and advice about planning for hazard management and control and the process for reporting or notifying the regulator about safety incidents.
“The roadshow has a particular focus on small scale mines and quarries because we recognise that resourcing and preparing things like mine safety management plans can be challenging for smaller companies,” Mr Burns said.
Details of dates and locations for the Roadshow can be found here.
Key initiatives include frequently asked questions for small mine operators and a risk profiling tool that helps calculate a mine’s hazard burden and determine the appropriate qualifications for the mine manager.
The Small Mines and Quarries Health and Safety Roadshow is one of a number of safety initiatives undertaken by the NSW Resources Regulator, including specialised workshops for managers, engineers and safety professionals.
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