Experts to speak at safety forum for mine managers

Mines and petroleum minister Bill Johnston has opened the Registered Managers Forum at the Pan Pacific Perth.

The forum gives mine managers and key decision makers the opportunity to work together to drive safer outcomes for workers at Western Australian mining operations.

Safety consultant Deb Grubbe, who has served on a NASA advisory panel and is the former vice president of Group Safety for BP, will join health and safety lawyer Michael Tooma to present at the forum.

Grubbe will speak about her experiences in process safety leadership and safety culture in the oil and gas, chemical, healthcare, construction and aerospace industries.

Tooma, who is the author of numerous books on work health and safety law in Australia, is scheduled to deliver a workshop at the forum.

Four mine workers died and 319 suffered a serious lost time injury working at Western Australian mines during the 2015-16 financial year.

“Worker safety is a key priority for the McGowan Government and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety,” said Johnston.

“It’s important the State Government works with industry to help reduce serious accidents and incidents, and support positive cultural changes in the workplace.

“By working together, we can improve the health and safety of workers in WA and achieve the ultimate goal of zero harm.”