AusIMM Health and Safety Society

Notes from the AusIMM Health and Safety Society Chair
Welcome to the April edition of the AusIMM Health and Safety Society newsletter. The reason I am writing you as Chair of the Health and Safety Society is that two very long-serving and significant contributors to the work of the Health and Safety Society Committee have resigned. Chris Towsey, the inaugural Chair of the society, is one of the resignations. Chris has been an active contributor to the society in its previous iterations as the Health and Safety Taskforce and the Health and Read More
ICMM releases new health risk assessment guidance for mining and metals sector
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) released a new edition of its guidance on occupational health risk assessment (HRA) on 14 December 2016. This new edition replaces the first edition of the guidance published in 2009. The guidance provides health risk practitioners with information and tools that are needed to assess the health and well-being of employees and contractors on mine sites. The guidance has been updated to reflect changes in occupational health risk Read More
Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis – how is reactive pyrite a contributing factor?
The issue of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) has recently re-emerged in some Australian mines. Harmful effects from coal dust inhalation have been well documented, but the underlying causes and mechanisms of CWP are still debatable. Several recent epidemiological studies in the United States have shown a general correlation exists between the concentration of pyrite (FeS2) within coal and the prevalence of CWP in miners. The possible role of pyrite as a contributor to the coal dust Read More
Significant incidents – are they reported consistently across Australian states and territories?
Safety performance is a crucial element in the minerals industry. The purpose of this article is to examine if a consistent approach is adopted by states and territories within Australia to enable meaningful comparison of safety performance between states. Safety performance data is recorded every year, and statistical analyses are undertaken to develop indices of safety performance. All states compile their own reports and analyses, and this article will show how these vary between Read More
International Mining and Resources Conference – Health and Safety Conference 2016
The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) 2016 was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 7–10 November 2016. As part of the conference, a separate Health and Safety Conference was held over two sessions on the 10 November. The first session was titled ‘Sound Safety Culture through the Management of Risk’ and ran from 9.00 am to 11.00 am. The second session, titled ‘Prevention is Better than Cure’, ran from 11.30 am to 1.00 pm. Both sessions were Read More
Minesafe International 2017
Within the resources industry (minerals, oil and gas), health and safety is paramount. The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) is re-establishing the popular Minesafe International conference series in conjunction with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia and WA Department of Mines and Petroleum. Minesafe International 2017 will provide the appropriate professional forum for the presentation of peer reviewed papers to the elite safety Read More