Safety Alerts and Newsletters

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Safety Alerts

20 December 2021

Fit testing for tight-fitting respirators

The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the importance of fit testing for tight-fitting respirators for workers who need to use them, and to reinforce this requirement under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

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16 November 2021

Work-related fatalities in 2020

Safe Work Australia has published the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2020 report, which provides the latest detailed national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured at work.

While the rate of work-related fatalities has decreased 25% over the last decade and 50% since 2007, any workplace death is unacceptable.

Tragically, 194 people were fatally injured at work in 2020.

Understanding the causes of injury and the industries most affected can help reduce work-related fatalities.

The report details that 68% of worker fatalities occurred in the following industries:

  • Transport, postal and warehousing (49 fatalities)
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (46 fatalities)
  • Construction (36 fatalities)

The most common causes of worker fatalities were:

  • Vehicle collisions (41%)
  • Being hit by moving objects (13%)
  • Falls from a height (11%)

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19 September 2021

MinEx – Human factors – water carts and cabin interfaces

This safety bulletin provides safety advice for the NSW mining industry.

Issue
The NSW Resources Regulator has recently received two notifications of dangerous incidents involving water carts. In each case, the operator has identified that they were distracted at the time of the incident.

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28 July 2021

MinEx – Failure to correctly isolate plant

Verify the effectiveness of Isolation

Department: Lead Smelter    Location: Filter Floor
Brief Description
While workers were conducting maintenance on the filter, the main isolator was observed to be locked in the ‘ON’ position, with the LCU switched to ‘Maintenance’. The lockout was found to be ineffective. The preliminary findings from the incident indicates that:

  • multiple workgroups had locked onto the isolator, however the effectiveness of isolation was notverified
  • the design of the isolator allows for it to be locked in ‘ON’ position
  • there was no markings on the isolator to indicate ‘ON or OFF’ position.

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23 July 2021

MinEx – Two near misses involving the delivery of concrete

Incident Alert

There have been two near misses involving delivery of concrete to customer’s sites.

Incident 1 – A mixer driver filled a concrete skip on a customer’s site. A construction site operative attached a metal lifting chain to the concrete skip and then directed a plant operative to lift it with a loadall. When the skip was at a height of approximately 2m, the lifting chain snapped and the skip fell. It landed at the rear passenger side of the lorry. Fortunately, the driver had stepped away from the lifting zone. This had the potential to be very serious. The driver noted that after the incident, the site personnel then lifted the skip with a worn webbed sling.

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15 July 2021

MinEx – Importance of wearing the correct eye PPE

Three separate incidents have recently occurred onboard UK marine aggregate dredgers where individuals undertaking routine tasks on board received debris in their eyes.Two of these incidents were the result of undertaking activities where the risk assessment should have flagged up the need to wear the correct eye PPE. One was grinding and the other washing down the deck. In both cases, safety glasses were being worn when more appropriately goggles should have been required.

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Training Resources

July 2022

WA Mine Safety Management System (MSMS) information session for small-medium mines

The WA Dept of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is holding a webex live stream event for small to medium mines on the recently released WA Code of practice: Mine safety management system.  This free information session will:

  • inform small-medium mines on establishing and implementing a MSMS
  • promote quarterly status reports and levy information
  • provide an overview of Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations

Date:  Monday 8 August 2022

Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm (WA time – so 9.30 SA time)

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 Safety Resources

3 February 2020

First aid for heat-related illness

Workplaces have a duty to provide first aid equipment and facilities, and access to trained first aid officers, for sick or injured workers. Heat-related illness is progressive. If the worker is not treated or remains in a hot environment, it can be fatal.

The following fact sheet provides advice and guidance on providing first aid to someone experiencing a heat-related illness.

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Info Alerts

1 July 2022

Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS): Managing the risks of respirable crystalline silica at work

This Consultation Regulation Impact Statement: Managing the risks of respirable crystalline silica at work (CRIS) has been developed to seek feedback from stakeholders and the general public on the impact of regulatory and non-regulatory options to manage the risks of respirable crystalline silica at work. The options outlined in this paper have not received approval by WHS ministers and are not yet law.

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE INPUT.

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3 March 2022

SafeWork SA – New guidance on Respiratory Protective Equipment

We have published new information and guidance on Respiratory Protective Equipment. After recent compliance audits highlighted the need for greater education and clarity on WHS expectations.

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22 January 2021

Safe Work Australia – Elevating Work Platforms

Did you know that elevating work platforms need to be inspected at least annually?

Safe Work Australia has published new guidance for inspecting and maintaining elevating work platforms.

Elevating work platforms are high risk equipment that have caused 9 worker fatalities in the past 5 years (2015-2019). An inspection, maintenance and testing program is crucial to assess their safe operation.

Employers are responsible for keeping workers safe and this includes ensuring that plant equipment is inspected and maintained. Elevating work platforms need to be inspected at least annually.

Employers must also ensure that workers are given the necessary information, training, instruction and supervision to use elevating work platforms safely.

Download the Guide to inspecting and maintaining elevating work platforms to assist you in making sure your workplace is safe for everyone.

20 January 2021

Workplace exposure standards – public feedback

Public feedback on the draft reports for airborne contaminants contained in releases 2-14 will close on 1 February 2021

Safe Work Australia is reviewing the workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they continue to be based on high quality, contemporary evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.

The review will result in the development of a list of health-based recommendations for the workplace exposure standards in Australia. This includes recommendations on the workplace exposure standards values, notations and the list of chemicals.

The final draft reports (release 15) will open for public comment soon. For more information see the Safe Work Australia website.

5 January 2021

Mining Regulations

Guidance to support the updated Mining Act 1971 and Mining Regulations 2020

Dear colleagues,

2021 is now upon us. This email aims to support exploration and mining companies in South Australia as we transition to the new mining regulations. There will be some changes and new requirements relevant to companies or individuals seeking to undertake mining operations in accordance with the updated Mining Act.

The final approved determinations under the updated Mining Acts and regulations are now available:

To support the transition, the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) is introducing new forms and templates, guidance materials and other relevant information on the department website in view of the updated Mining Act and mining regulations. Some of these are available now, and more will be published in 2021.

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News Updates

25 July 2022

Consolidated Report – Air quality, dust or other airborne contaminants

We’ve released a consolidated report on air quality, dust or other airborne contaminants at above surface coal mines, based on findings from our assessment of 36 mines between December 2020 and October 2021.

Airborne contaminants include fumes, mist, gas, vapour, dust or other microorganism that are potentially harmful to workers.

We commend the sites with best practice controls and monitoring equipment to ensure exposure to airborne contaminants is minimised, however workers at some sites had difficulty identifying the range of airborne contaminant hazards in their workplace.

Of the 36 sites assessed under the inspection program, 17 separate mines were given notices relating to the principal hazard of air quality or dust or other airborne contaminants.

The consolidated report includes key assessment findings as well as recommendations to industry.

23 June 2022

Update on Services

The Mining and Quarrying Occupational Health and Safety Committee conducts its work for the Minister for Industrial Relations under Schedule 2 of the Work Health and Safety Act utilising the funds provided by the Mining and Quarries Industries Fund. This money is available for use under Schedule 9 of the Return to Work Act 2014.

The new Industrial Relations Minister to which MAQOHSC will report, is the Hon Kyam Maher. As Minister Maher is the Attorney General, MAQOHSC should soon move to be hosted in the Attorney General’s Department.

STAFF

Introducing new staff, seconded to MAQOHSC from the Department of Treasury and Finance to provide services.

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8 March 2022

National Safe Work Month 2022

Have your say about National Safe Work Month 2022

National Safe Work Month (NSWM) runs in October each year and we ask workers and employers across Australia to commit to safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.

We’d like to hear from you and your networks about the theme of the NSWM 2022 campaign, the topics you would like included and the resources you would find useful.

Please take a couple of minutes to complete our short online survey so we can make this year’s National Safe Work Month relevant to you and your organisation.

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Newsletters

MAQOHSC Newsletter WINTER, 2021

In this issue:

  • Health Surveillance 2021
  • Respiratory PPE – Selection and Use
  • Clean Air Clean Lungs
  • Safety Alerts
  • Upcoming Events

MAQOHSC Newsletter SUMMER, 2020

In this issue:

  • Health Surveillance Dust Monitoring 2020
  • Skin Cancer Checks
  • Respiratory PPE – Selection and Use
  • Mental Health First Aid Officer Training
  • 2020 Regional Safety Seminars
  • Safety/Info Alerts and Safety Resources
  • Workplace Health Management Manual

MAQOHSC Newsletter SPRING, 2018

In this issue:

  • Health Surveillance  2018 – 2019
  • Accredited Mental Health First Aid Officer Training
  • Guarding of Plant – Hoppers
  • Regional Safety Seminar Topics
  • Sleep Vital to Safety
  • Committee Workplace Visits
  • New MAQOHSC Website Calendar

MAQOHSC Newsletter Issue 3, 2017

In this issue:

  • Health Surveillance Dust Monitoring 2017 – 2018
  • MAQOHSC Funded Mental Health Training Program
  • Access, Egress and Crushing Plant Guarding

MAQOHSC Newsletter Issue 2, 2016

In this issue:

  • Fully funded health surveillance – dust monitoring program for South Australian Mines and Quarries
  • Time to plan and prepare for working in the heat
  • Fully funded Certificate IV Work Health and Safety training.

MAQOHSC Newsletter Issue 1, 2016

In this issue:

  • Funded dust monitoring commencing
  • Training targets keeping young workers safe
  • Complacency to compliance looks at safety with explosives
  • Depressed or totally Stressed? How to tell the difference!
  • Fully funded health and wellbeing 60 day online health program.

MAQOHSC Newsletter Issue 44, Winter 2015

In this issue:

  • New program to help prevent suicide and promote wellbeing for workers
  • MAQOHSC Committee undertakes site visit to Hillgrove Resources
  • Guide to principal mining hazards.

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