The audit checklist - aimed at mine operators, occupational health and safety (OH&S) committees, site check inspectors and safety inspectors - gives step-by-step guidelines for satisfying legislative requirements.
The checklist identifies, assesses and prioritises on-site actions to improve the effectiveness of OH&S consultation arrangements.
The system has already been trialled at three NSW mines.
Department mine safety officers will visit mine-sites over the next 18 months to explain and clarify the checklist. The list can be found at www.minerals.nsw.gov.au