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Safety Training on the Increase

Increasing the inspectors will increase safety jobs

The WA Mines Minister Norman Moore says he expects the number of mine safety inspectors to double next year.

Today Mr Moore announced the appointment of 21 new safety inspectors whose jobs will be to ensure mining companies comply with the relevant regulations.

The inspectors will also work with companies to improve the safety culture on mine sites. There will need to be an increase of safety officers employed by the mine sites to ensure everything is in order for the mining inspectors.

Mr Moore says a ‘cost recovered system’ – which means mining companies pay for the inspectors – enables the government to employ even more safety personnel.

“We’re advertising for additional staff next year I’m not quite sure how many there will be in that but, the intention is to about double the number on inspectors we have in the system.”

A need for quality safety officers

Garry Woods from the Mining and Energy union has welcomed the appointment of the new inspectors.

He hopes they have suitable qualifications.

“Hopefully these people have got the necessary skills and they’re not just engineers,” he said.

“We hope they’ve got good safety backgrounds particularly in the auditing process as we move forward to more of a risk management approach to safety in the industry.”

Mr Moore says the death of six workers on mine sites last year – significantly higher than previous years – highlighted the need for safety reform on WA mine sites.

New recruits given a go

Mr Moore says the new recruits will help drive significant changes to resource safety regulations.

They have a two-fold job. One to make sure mining companies are doing the right thing, but at the same time also to work with them to improve the culture if you like of safety of mine sites and to have a cooperative approach between the government and the companies.”

To work on mine sites in Australia you will need a Generic Induction. To work as a safety officer in the mines you will need to undertake a Certificate IV in OH & S. Please call us on 0403 560 594 to talk about this course and how it can help you gain employment

Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.

The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.

The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.

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Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

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