Mining grants to encourage safety in the community

Grants of $13 000 from the mining industry will support the development of health and safety innovations across the NSW Central West region.

Dubbed the Mudgee Community Health and Safety Grants Program, it is helping to bring to life technology such as digital apps to record and share examples of health and safety practices, as well as thermal imaging cameras to help fight bushfires.

The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council (MASC) will award the grants to ten school and community project at a ceremony in Mudgee today.

NSW Minerals Council CEO Nikki Williams stated that the industry is working towards bringing its OH&S culture closer to the community.

“There’s no reason why a responsible attitude to health and safety should be restricted to mine sites.

We hope that this direct investment in ideas from the community will help to bridge the gap between home and the workplace and encourage people to be healthy and safe in their daily lives.”

Williams explained that all mining companies have extensive systems and plans in place to responsibly manage employee fatigue onsite, but it doesn’t have to stop at the workplace.

“That’s why we’re encouraging everyone that gets behind the wheel to think about their own plan to stay alert and get themselves and their passengers safely from A to B. It can be as simple as stopping to rest after every two hours on the road.

“The diversity of ideas for improving local health and safety, which we’re recognising today, show Mudgee residents understand these messages and are thinking ‘outside the square’.”

The NSW Minerals Council works through MASC with regulators and unions to develop a better health and safety culture for the minerals industry.

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