The Standard 11 is often referred to as the Recognised Standard and is a Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines initiative.
It is referred to in the Coal Mining Safety & Health Act 1999.
In terms of the Standard 11, to explain the term and its meaning we must look to the Queensland legislation as well as discover what the term “standard” really means in this context.
A standard may be made to ensure safety and health of workers is achieved at all times. A ‘standard’ is put in place to allow the creation of guidelines and other ways to achieve an acceptable level of risk to persons working in a coal mining operation.
Centred around Work Health & Safety compliance, the Standard 11 also implies that health and safety obligation must be met by all workers before they can be allowed to enter and work in a coal or metaliferous mining environment.
Looking at this from another viewpoint in relation to training and work practices ““ the purpose of the Standard 11 is to assist workers as well as mine sites to establish and maintain a specific training system. This training system may include processes to identify and deliver competent, efficient and above all, safe working teams.
Without a standard to adhere to, mining operations would be more dangerous that they are today. One of the reasons for the low accident rate in the Queensland mining industry is a result of the Standard 11 being evoked.
Delivering the Standard 11
The purpose of the standard is to allow mining personnel to acquire the appropriate knowledge and skills to perform their daily work tasks in a safe manner.
In order to educate workers on the dangers faced by working in the proximity of mining operations, there is a need to employ skilled and experienced educational professionals to deliver the `standard`.
The Standard 11 makes provision for this and references it by way of mentioning the appointment of suitable trainers and assessors, who also hold the correct and relevant qualifications.
This ensures that the appropriate teachers are selected and learning outcomes are maximised by allowing only the very best educators to deliver the Standard 11.
Periodically, trainers and assessors will be required under the Standard 11 to assess, to verify the competency of all workers under their care as well as maintain accurate records. This ensures that a culture of safety and risk management is ever-present throughout the mine site.
Incorporation of the Standard 11 into existing mine site safety plans
There are a multitude of policies and procedural standards that are put in place on a mine site to ensure there is absolutely no part of the mining operation that is immune from legislative compliance and statutory obligation under law.
The Standard 11 and the mine site`s safety and health management plan can be a foundational document from which internal hazard management plans may be created.
An example of this would be incorporating relevant information from the Standard 11 into a mine site`s Principal Hazard Management Plan, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP`s) and Mine Operating Procedures into training operations.
As you can see, the Standard 11 is a truly important document for the mining industry and serves as a blueprint from which additional site-specific training and procedural plans can be created.
Legalities of the Standard 11
Failure to adhere to the guidelines and work practices as set out in the Standard 11 could result in criminal proceedings being brought against those who choose to flaunt the system. Many lives can be put at risk when a coal mine worker fails in his/her duty of care to properly work within the framework of the Standard 11.
Contravening the Standard 11, is a violation of the Coal Mining Safety & Health Act 1999 and goes way beyond simply ignoring an obligation to adhere to strict safety and health practices. Failure to achieve an acceptable level of risk assessment and risk management, can result in severe accidents and even fatalities.
The Standard 11 saves lives
The Queensland mining qualification, the Standard 11 has resulted in saving an untold number of lives since its inception.
Allowing workers employed in the Queensland coal industry to achieve high levels of training in aspects of risk assessment and risk management has attributed to the low accident and fatality rates in the mining sector.
Mining is a dangerous and hazardous workplace. Therefore, all employees need to be inducted into the mining industry and reach a satisfactory level of safety and risk management awareness ““ the Standard 11 achieves this.
Completion of the Standard 11 training course paves the way for new and existing workers to enjoy a safe, challenging and rewarding career in the mining industry.
After successfully completing the Standard 11 course, graduates will have attained the skills and knowledge mining companies want and need you to have.
Completion of the Standard 11 also allows people to be employed on a wide variety of other mining operations other than coal mining. Gold, copper, zinc, silver and aluminum mining jobs are available to a person who has attained the Standard 11 qualification.
Standard 11 Units of Competency
- RIIRIS201B Conduct Local Risk Control
Hazard ID, control and risk assessment and in a mining environment.
- RIIERR302A Respond to Local Emergencies
Prepare and respond to emergencies in a mine environment.
- RIIGOV201A Comply with Site Work Processes / Procedures
Access and apply site safety procedures, apply personal safety measures, maintain personal well-being, and complete relevant reports and forms.
- RIIOHS201A Work Safely and Follow OHS Policies and Procedures
- RIIERR205A Apply Initial Response First Aid
Assess the situation, apply basic first aid and complete incident reports.
- RIICOM201A Communicate in the Workplace
Identify, access and use work site communication systems and equipment, carry out work related communication, and complete written documentation.
- BSBSUS201A Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
Effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements including reducing the negative environmental impact of work practices.