The findings of the targeted assessment program in relation to the hazard of worker exposure to respirable dust in underground coal mines has been published.
See it on the regulator’s website.
Assessments were undertaken at 15 mines between October 2016 and August 2017.
During this program, mine operators were assessed for compliance to legislation in force at the time of the assessment, including the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. References to that Regulation are made in this report. It should be noted that the Regulation was repealed on 31 August 2017, and replaced by the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017, which commenced on 1 September 2017.
The findings of the assessments are grouped into those that are specific to the principal hazard of worker exposure to respirable dust, and those that could be generally applied to all aspects of critical control measure implementation.
The assessment program identified that at many sites there were opportunities to improve the effectiveness of principal hazard management plans, procedures and trigger action response plans (TARPs).