Worksafe Victoria convenes mining safety management forum

WorkSafe Victoria last week convened a meeting between staff from five of the state's key mining operations to discuss safety procedures and hazard management.

WorkSafe Victoria last week convened a meeting between staff from five of the state’s key mining operations to discuss safety procedures and hazard management.

The event was attended by nearly 100 industry members from 15 major sites across Victoria.

These representatives came from Bendigo Mining’s Kangaroo Flat mine, the Stawell gold mine, the Fosterville gold mine, Iluka Resources’ Douglas mine and the Yallourn Mine Alliance.

WorkSafe has been working with these operations since 2008 to identify and manage major hazards on their site, such as explosions, falls of ground and toxic underground atmospheres.

WorkSafe acting health and safety executive director Stan Krpan said the forum showed the industry what could be achieved as a result of improved safety.

“As with any dangerous industry, WorkSafe has high expectations,” he said.

“This workshop is in no way an end-point for any of the organisations involved.

“Those that told their stories will continue to review, assess and improve their safety management systems, while others will learn from these experiences and further develop their own systems.”

According to Krpan, the safety body is committed to supporting the mining industry at every stage.

“This is a high-risk, high-consequent environment and the laws administered by WorkSafe reflect this and require that high standards be met,” he said.

“We have been told the industry wants online, interactive guidance on managing health and safety hazards and this is the first step in developing that.”

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