Betzien – The Brave New World – Navigating the WHS Landscape

Betzien - The Brave New World – Navigating the WHS Landscape

Samantha Betzien Partner, MinterEllison Rhian O’Sullivan Special Counsel, MinterEllison In 2018 there were a number of amendments to the resources safety legislation in Queensland including in relation to contractor management and the introduction of a positive obligation on officers to exercise due diligence. This positive obligation is a significant change and it is important that […]

Williams – Technical Development in Explosion-Protected Polymer-Based HV Couplers and the Potential Safety Benefits to the Mine Industry

Williams - Technical Development in Explosion-Protected Polymer-Based HV Couplers and the Potential Safety Benefits to the Mine Industry

Stephen Williams Engineering Manager, Connec High Voltage Coupler Systems High voltage (HV) electricity is one of the primary sources of energy within underground coal mines, the effective control of which is fundamental to maintaining a safe working environment. Furthermore, the equipment typically used in HV transmission and distribution is heavy, requiring manual handling to facilitate […]

Worland/Collins/Forsyth – Fail-Safe Compressed Air Cleaning

Worland/Collins/Forsyth - Fail-Safe Compressed Air Cleaning

Simon Worland Caltex Dr Dave Collins and James Forsyth Synergetics Consulting Engineers Use of compressed air to clean electrical equipment is a routine maintenance task in heavy mining equipment (HME) across the Queensland Mining Industry. During cleaning elevated levels of harmful dust can engulf the compressed air cleaning operator for extended periods and increase the […]

Wells/Farrelly – SAFETY Training has Changed Dramatically in 24 Months, Are You Keeping up with the Pace? If You’re Not Talking About VIRTUAL REALITY – You’re Falling Behind

Wells/Farrelly - SAFETY Training has Changed Dramatically in 24 Months, Are You Keeping up with the Pace? If You’re Not Talking About VIRTUAL REALITY – You’re Falling Behind

Ramsay Wells Business Manager, Queensland Mines Rescue Service Matthew Farrelly Manager VRT, Queensland Mines Rescue Service We live in a world that is constantly changing, and that change continues to accelerate. Technology has improved the way we train, everything from video animations to learn from disasters, through to e-learning to enhance assessment capabilities. A new […]

Smith – Managing Cognitive Fatigue and Brain-Centred Hazards

Smith - Managing Cognitive Fatigue and Brain-Centred Hazards

Warren Smith Executive Consultant, Dekra Insight Australia Organisations commonly put controls in place to address typical workplace exposures that can cause harm. They also attempt to make use of human performance tools and other measures that aim to address human error. Unfortunately, these efforts often don’t yield tangible results as evidenced through operational upsets and […]

LaBranche/Cliff – Respirable Dust – Rumsfeld was Right!

LaBranche/Cliff - Respirable Dust – Rumsfeld was Right!

Nikky LaBranche Industry Fellow, Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland David Cliff Professor of OHS in Mining, Minerals Industry – Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland NIKKY LaBRANCHE – Nikky is a resources sector professional with mining engineering and health and […]

Aitchison – Mine Emergency Response System Project

Aitchison - Mine Emergency Response System Project

Glenn Aitchison Project Officer, Simtars Information deficiencies during emergencies is increasingly seen as a critical issue for emergency response. Information should be gathered to provide “intelligence” about the underground conditions after a major incident, such as an explosion or rock fall. This project investigated four key areas related to information gathering: Post explosion atmosphere monitoring:– […]