AusIMM Health and Safety Society

April 2018
Developments in health and safety
In this special series of articles, we asked some of our AusIMM professional societies and networks for their industry insights.The following is a collection of thoughts from some of our health and safety professionals on how practices have developed over the past 125 years Is there a single event that defined the beginning of this technical discipline in Australasia? Mining has always been seen as a hazardous undertaking. Safety legislation was developed as a result of mining accidents Read More
Incident information and data: where can you find it?
While fatalities and incidents are a regrettable element of the minerals industry presently, they do provide a learning platform to eliminate similar events in the future. The question is obviously: where can information on incidents be obtained from and what is the purpose of this information from the provider? The UK-based Health and Safety Executive provide some useful answers to the second portion of this question on their website. According to the HSE there are three types of Read More
AusIMM Health and Safety Society committee member profile: Richard Carlton
I am a mining engineer with 30 years of operational experience. Fifteen of these years have been spent as General Manager of underground and open pit hard rock mines in four states of Australia and also in New Zealand. I have an additional ten years of experience consulting in the fields of operational improvement, risk management and improving team effectiveness. Having recently completed a two-year fly in, fly out (FIFO) assignment, I gained a firsthand understanding of the personal Read More
Critical controls discussion paper
Critical controls defined Critical controls are defined by the ICMM as an act, object or technological system which of itself will prevent or mitigate an incident. Further, these 'things' are specifiable, measurable and auditable – and their absence would significantly increase the potential for an unwanted incident to occur or have a much more significant outcome. Strict adherence to this definition will significantly reduce the total number of controls that require oversight by Read More
October 2017
National Safe Work Month: building safety culture and awareness
By sharing safety knowledge and experience, professionals in the resources sector can have a positive impact on the safety culture of their own workplaces October is National Safe Work Month and Safe Work Australia has launched a national campaign to improve public awareness of work safety and promote the development of strong safety culture in workplaces across all industries (Safe Work Australia, 2017). The theme for the campaign is ‘sharing safety knowledge and experience benefits Read More
October 2017
Winning the safety battle
A case study that demonstrates how a safety turnaround was achieved through solid leadership and whole team buy in This article presents a case study that details the safety journey at a large scale open pit operation. In support of ongoing operations, and to realise steeper slope design criteria, dewatering of the highwall required establishment of a drainage gallery from within the open pit. The highwall dewatering effort required trackless mining of a horizontal twin portal drainage Read More