Health and safety on conference radar

The Hunter mining conference will focus on how best to utilise the newest technology to handle health and safety in the industry.

A former risk manager for the international space station will be one of 30 speakers at the conference in Pokolbin this week, the ABC reported.

The Minerals Council’s CEO Stephen Galilee said the mining industry’s safety record is first-rate, there is always room for improvement, adding the industry should not become complacent when it comes to safety.

“The industry knows we can do more on all fronts, we do have a good track record on safety, we do have very high environmental standards,” he said.

“NSW has some of the strongest environmental regulations and safeguards in the world, but part of the reason for gathering in the Hunter is to talk about how we can improve.”

 He said the industry must make sure bad government policy does not hamper it.

“Resulting from a false understanding for the actual level of support for mining in the community, we know that mining is very strongly supported in the Hunter community, despite the sometimes noisy critics.

“So it’s important we ensure as an industry that our politicians in particular understand that the noisy voices don’t always speak for the most people.”

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