AusIMM Health and Safety Society

Update on Pike River
The NZ government has established an agency to oversee recovery efforts at the Pike River mine after an explosion on 19 November 2010 killed 29 men. On 21 February 2018, the government’s Pike River Recovery Agency took over the Pike River assets on the West Coast of the South Island from Solid Energy, which entered the final stages of liquidation in March 2018. The agency will maintain the mine infrastructure and manage ongoing mine safety while work on re-entry is undertaken.  NZ Read More
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
Characteristics of a positive health and safety culture
The purpose of this short article is to provide an overview to AusIMM members of the elements that are important in developing a safety culture that assists in preventing health and safety incidents within an organisation. These thoughts are based on books, essays and papers by many eminent people, as well as the experiences and observations of the authors. To achieve this objective is no easy or simple matter, as an excellent health and safety culture is akin to a state of grace; to 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
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