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Event report: the Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2017
The Australian Mine Ventilation Conference was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28-30 September 2017. A number of well attended workshops were also hosted on September 27. In excess of 220 delegates, with representatives from seven overseas countries, were registered for the conference. A full program of excellent papers was delivered, covering all aspects of mine ventilation. This included a number of excellent keynote speakers such as Bob Leeming, her Read More
Minesafe International 2017 conference
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 Read More
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