A new virtual reality surface mine induction course to improve industry safety standards has been rolled out at the Queensland Government’s research testing and safety training centre, Simtars, on the outskirts of Brisbane.
Incorporating virtual reality interactive technology, the revised induction training course is has been designed to significantly improve the safety of staff on a mine site.
In a statement, a Simtars spokesperson said, “The interactive technology exposes trainees to life-like mine conditions so they are more prepared for real-life mine site risks and hazards they will experience on the job.”
The new two-day training program released on 1 July 2014 will reduce the time required for staff to be away from their business activities.
“The induction course has been redesigned to focus on risk management and enhancing participants’ situational awareness and skills to identify hazards. Emphasis is placed on building behavioural change and educating individuals to be more responsive to mine site risks.”