The NSW Resources Regulator will be undertaking a statewide compliance blitz next week across all sectors of the mining and petroleum industry.
The high visibility operation, which commences on Monday 28 May, will involve more than 80 safety, environment and compliance inspectors conducting unannounced inspections at coal, metalliferous, petroleum and quarrying operations throughout NSW.
In addition to examining general compliance with mining regulations and site safety management systems, the five-day operation will also focus on:
- roads and vehicle operating areas at large surface mines and underground metalliferous mines
- ground and strata failure in all underground mines
- safe operation of mobile plant at quarrying operations
- rehabilitation and dam monitoring.
The assessments will be undertaken by multi-disciplined teams comprised of inspectors and investigators from all branches of the NSW Resources Regulator.
Mine operators are urged to immediately review their operations to ensure that they are compliant with all safety and legislative requirements, and inspectors will be taking action in all instances where non-compliances are detected.
As set out in the NSW Resources Regulator’s Compliance and Enforcement Approach, enforcement options include written warnings, statutory directions, penalty notices, prosecution and cancellation of authorities.