Standard 11 Induction
About the Standard 11 Mining Induction
There’s a lot of talk in the mining industry about safety standards and how to reduce accidents in the workplace.
Risk management is high on the list of priorities for all mining companies, so let’s look at the standard that was created to make mining safer for all mining employees.
The current Standard 11 mining induction is a new and revised version of what was previously known as the ‘Generic Induction’, which was introduced in 2010.
The Generic Coal Induction covered coal mining and had a metalliferous mining component to it which usually took an extra day complete.
What you’ll learn in the course
- General mining overview
- General safety
- Managing workplace hazards
- Risk management
- Isolation and tagging procedures
- Traffic and mobile equipment procedures
- Emergency procedures
- Life saving first aid
- Fire fighting and fire prevention
- The environment
- The work process
Health and safety compliance obligations in the coal mining industry
The Standard 11 was introduced in Queensland in 2011. The reason the course exists is to make certain all mining employees are adequately trained to cope with mining operations and to raise awareness of the hazards that exist in a mining environment. In other words, there was a need to comply with health and safety obligations in the coal mining industry.
Not only this, every person who wanted to work on a mine site in Queensland must be deemed competent in the core Units of Competency before commencing mining or quarrying jobs. This included new-starters as well as short-term contractors who would typically move between many mine sites as part of their operations.
A unified standard for the mining industry
As mining operations in Queensland and the rest of Australia revolve around a multitude of mineral extraction projects, it was necessary for a unified standard to be introduced. The new Standard 11 mining induction incorporates mine site safety requirements, no matter what type of mineral is being mined.
Is the Standard 11 accepted in other states?When completing the course, it doesn’t mean it is accepted everywhere as an official qualification – nor does it mean you’ll automatically get a job.
The world’s safest mining practicesThe Standard 11 is a Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines initiative and is referred to in the Coal Mining Safety & Health Act 1999. Queensland aimed to have the world’s safest mining practices by introducing a comprehensive set of competencies whereby every person entering the mining industry would be required to undergo a rigid work, health and safety awareness program. The sole purpose of the course and it’s introduction into the Queensland mining industry is to raise the awareness of risk in the workplace. The outcome of this is a safety-conscious workforce where risk aversion and management is an integral part of daily mining operations for all personnel.
Site-specific mine inductionsOnce you’ve got the Standard 11 qualification, you’re classed as competent and allowed on site, where you’ll have to complete a site-specific induction. Mine site specific induction courses help new workers learn how apply the information they have learned to the actual mine site they’re working on. Mine sites have their own Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), Hazard Management Plans and Mine Operating Procedures. These must also be learned as a part of the induction process.
The Standard 11 Statement of AttainmentWhen applying for mining jobs, especially in Queensland, the Standard 11 can be a requirement of employment. Jobs advertised on the mining jobs boards list the Standard 11 as essential.
Verification of competency
Owing to the hazards of working in and around a mine site, as a new employee you’ll have additional sign-off from your supervisor. These assessments can centre around the verification of your competency to complete a task safely. VOC’s (verification of competency) may need to be carried out to confirm absolute competency in your job role. Again, it’s all about your safety as well as that of your fellow workers.
Only then can the registered training organisation (RTO) who delivered the Standard 11, issue a Statement of Completion. This officially recognises that you’ve completed both theory and also the practical assessment in the workplace.
Eligibility: Must be 18 years old and be able to read and write basic English.
Duration: 2 days.
Training Type: Practical and theory based activities.
Completion: Upon the successful completion of this course (including completion of a skills and experience form or Standard 11 log book), participants obtain a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment.
Validity: 5 years with the option to complete a ‘paid’ refresher course 6 months before expiry.
Course Unit Overviews
Identify, access and use work site communication systems and equipment, carry out work related communication, and complete written documentation.
Completion of the Standard 11 can be credited towards advanced mining training packages such as RII20213 Certificate II in Surface Extraction Operations.