Safety conference continues theme

THE 2004 NSW Mining Industry Annual occupational health and safety conference, “From Paperwork to Practice” reflects the challenge of striving to implement practical and workable solutions to occupational health and safety in the workplace, within evolving regulatory frameworks. The conference is being held July 25-27.

Staff Reporter

Organised by the NSW Minerals Council and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources, this year’s conference is being held in the NSW Blue Mountains.


“Major topics included in this years proceedings include health, plant safety, and safety leadership, just to name a few. I encourage you to join us at what promises to be the best conference so far and share your experiences with other members of the industry. Together we will have an industry free from injury and disease,” said John Tucker, executive director of the NSW Minerals Council, who also opens the conference.


Day one, July 26, kicks off with several senior OHS professionals who will explore the theme “From Paperwork to Practice” and provide attendees with insight into safety leadership and what works for their organisation.


The NSW Minerals Council will host its prestigious Innovation Awards for 2004, designed to recognize simple but effective solutions to OHS problems. The Awards program includes the category for designers, suppliers and manufacturers of mining industry equipment.


Day two, July 27 follows with five streams running simultaneously. For the coal industry here follows a selection of highlights:




Improving trends in Noise Induced Hearing Loss in Coal Mining – Thomas Mitchell, Safety System Management P/L


Is there a risk to safety when having binaural noise induced hearing loss & working in the NSW Coal Industry ? – Dr DA Viljoen, Coal Services


Managing Noise – BHP Illawarra’s Hearing Conservation Program – Steve McFadden, BHP Illawarra


Leadership, Recognition & Promotion 1


Synergies gained by adopting a Multi Company approach to addressing high injury periods in the workplace & wider community – Angela Seidel, Coal and Allied & Ross Thompson, Xstrata


Diesel Particulates Workshop


Implementation of a management strategy for Diesel Particulate – Brian Davies, BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal


Fitness for Duty


Ageing in Coal Mining – Thomas Mitchell & Brooke Holbrow, Safety System Management P/L


Risk Management Tools


The development of a significant incident identification and evaluation system – Assoc. Professor David Cliff, (MISHC), University of Queensland


MIRM Gate, What is it and how does it work – Dr Guldidar V Kizil & Jim Joy, (MISHC) University of Queensland


From Paperwork to Practice 1


A collaborative approach to an upper limb problem – Peter Cornford (Myuna Colliery), Ruth White & Jackie Lavers (Coal Services)


Research / Initiatives Stream


Respirable Dust results from NSW Mines and the Standing Dust Committee – Ken Cram, Coal Services


Overseas Perspectives

Lessons Learnt from the overseas tripartite mine study tour – Roger Billingham, Dept of Natural Resources and Mines QLD & Mitch Jakeman, AngloCoal


Additional information and a full program can be obtained from the NSW Minerals Council.


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