700 expected at Qld mining safety conference

Posted by Rita Mu

About 700 people are expected to attend this year’s Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference in Townsville.

The three-day event conference, which opens today, will focus on a range of health and safety issues in the industry including fatigue management, bullying and mental health.

The theme of the conference will be simple solutions to complex problems

Speakers include the chief executive of the UK Health and Safety Laboratory Eddie Morland and senior research scientist Michael Trevits, at the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Conference spokesman Stewart Bell said though mine health and safety performance had improved significantly in Queensland over the past 10 years, the industry still had its eyes set on its goal of zero harm.

"The conference and innovation awards are highly effective platforms for companies and employees to share information and enhance the safety of their workplaces," Bell said.

"It’s pleasing to once again see such a good attendance, which demonstrates the clear commitment of the government, industry and unions to working together to improve safety and health performance."

The conference will be held at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre and Jupiters Townsville from 22 to 25 August.

Image: qrc.org.au

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