QLD to tighten underground gas monitoring

The Queensland Government will roll out new health and safety regulations for underground coal mines next year.

It will place tighter controls on methane gas monitoring and require additional monitors in underground coal mines.

The reforms will come into force starting January 6 to protect Queensland mine workers from potentially dangerous methane gas levels.

Australian Minister for Mines said the reforms around gas levels monitoring had come after extensive consultation with unions, the Queensland Resources Council, site senior executives and workers on the coal face.

“The health and safety of our mine workers is paramount to the Palaszczuk Government,” Lynham said.

“These reforms will put methane controls as yet another health and safety reform protecting our underground coal mine workers.

“The resources regulator will continue to work with underground coal mines to ensure these new measures are implemented as soon as possible.”

This came as part of Queensland’s most comprehensive health and safety reforms in the mining industry.

The state government has committed $35 million in funding to improve the safety and health of mineworkers. It has also tightened controls on mine dust levels and contributed $1.21 million in funding for a mobile health screening van to improve black lung and silicosis screening.

The Queensland Government expects to introduce more reforms in the new year.

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