Health and safety will be the key theme of the opening day of M&E NSW in Newcastle today.
Guests can expect interactive panel discussions, several seminars and a networking session as the focus centres around “Zero Harm”.
Doctor Anna Giacomini from the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources said she will discuss her study into how to make surface mining safer.
"My main focus of the research is related to the consequences that could be created by issues like rock fall events in mine sites," she said.
"Also the safety issues related to the wind draws as barriers, engineers barriers in the Australian mining environment."
The NSW Minerals Council described M&E as an important event in the state's mining industry.
"The NSW mining industry is a strategic asset, and major contributor to the state and nation's economy," the council’s chief Stephen Galilee said.
"M&E NSW provides the sector with a fantastic opportunity to conduct face-to-face business in the administrative capital of the NSW mining sector, in Newcastle. NSW mining is strengthened by industry events that focus on providing the sector with the tools to be successful."
The event will also feature a women in mining event and TechTalks.
The focus will also be on personnel.
The new Faces of Mining….Making it Personal initiative will be introduced tomorrow and highlights the contribution personnel make to the mining industry, from the coalface through to the contractor, at operations, in the office, or senior management positions.