The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted the Minesafe International 2017 conference from 1-2 May 2017.
181 attendees gathered to share the experiences, research and practice relating to health and safety in the resource industry. Minesafe International was a reincarnation of similar conferences held in the past, this time under the AusIMM conference banner. The 2017 conference was the inaugural conference of a new series to be held every two years.
The conference papers were delivered in eight sessions around the following themes:
- principal hazard management
- current and emerging health issues
- risk management
- the Jim Torlach Memorial Session (incorporating ‘New lessons from an old hazard – black lung’ and risk management, along with the AusIMM Health and Safety Society panel session on ‘Health and safety – what are we doing about it?’)
- legislative and corporate responsibility
- psychosocial management and emerging health issues
- safety culture.
The conference also included eight keynote presentations. The quality of the written papers and presentations was excellent and allows planning for the 2019 conference to proceed with vigour. An article about the conference written by conference chair Richard Flanagan can be accessed at https://www.ausimmbulletin.com/news/minesafe-international-2017-conference-recap/.