New health control plan to imrove health and safety of workers

Improving the health and safety of workers at all mine and petroleum sites 

The Resources Regulator has developed a health control plan guide that will inform operators and other persons conducting a business or undertaking at a mine or petroleum site of their legislative requirements, to ensure the highest health and safety standards for workers are in place.

In addition to scheduled workshops aimed at helping mines develop or update their health control plan, the regulator has produced a series of online educational videosand guidance materials.

Developing a health control plan

Use our guide, tools and resources to develop a health control plan:

  • Health control plan guide provides an overview of steps to be taken to develop a health control plan.
  • Health control plan tools provide guidance on identifying, assessing and controlling health hazards as well as documenting and evaluating your health control plan.
  • Health control plan resources provide information about specific health hazards, their health consequences, exposure limits and control measures.

Exposure monitoring

Controlling health risks requires operators to monitor for the existence of health hazards and monitor the exposure of workers to those hazards.

The exposure monitoring video (above) refers to quartz (or silica) being in high proportion in the earth’s crust. This is more accurately stated as “silica is a mineral found in high proportion in the earth’s crust. The most common crystalline form of silica is quartz. Quartz has been associated with a variety of diseases primarily affecting the lung.”

Health monitoring

Some prescribed hazards require health monitoring of exposed workers to be conducted. Health monitoring is conducted by a medical practitioner with experience or training in occupational medicine.

Health control plan workshops

All mines, quarries and petroleum sites are required to develop and implement a health control plan. To assist mines with this, the Resources Regulator will be delivering workshops  [PDF, 69.04 KB] across NSW.

‘Develop and implement a health control plan’ workshop is targeting sites that are yet to develop and or implement their health control plan. Sites that have already implemented a health control plan or who are looking to bring their health management plan in-line with current legislative requirements, may find the ‘Evaluate and review a health control plan’ workshop of assistance.

The workshop is best suited to those who have responsibility for the implementation of the Health Control Plan.

Health management

Tele-survey report

The Lead health indicator report was produced for the Health Management Advisory Committee to examine lead health indicators. The report details the outcomes from a telephone survey of mines and quarries about actions they are taking to address priority health issues including noise, fatigue, dust, diesel particulate and musculoskeletal disorders. Download copies of the reports:

Health indicator fact sheets

Use our health indicator fact sheets for information on best practice for managing specific health hazards and performance standards. These performance standards can be used to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of your controls.

Report on workers’ compensation claims data for lag health indicators

A report examining 10 years of workers’ compensation claims data for lag health indicators was produced in 2011 and 2013 for the Health Management Advisory Committee. It examined data on three indicators:

  • manual handling
  • falls from same level
  • noise-induced hearing loss.

Download copies of the reports:

Read more about the Mine Safety Advisory Council.

Guidance materials

Safe Work Australia has a range of guidance materials in relation to health monitoring:

Airborne contaminants

Airborne contaminants are generated during mining activities and can be a risk to health if not properly managed. Mine Safety has developed a factsheet on Airborne contaminants  [PDF, 215.15 KB] in mining with information about the health risks, elimination and control, and your obligations.

Coal Services also has a range of publications on airborne contaminants including:


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