The NSW DPI is finalising business arrangements with consultant Shaw Idea to undertake projects that address the major recommendations of the review.
The major recommendations of the Wran Review cover:
- Independent assessment of the practice of production bonus payments and safety-based incentive schemes;
- Independent assessment of the hours worked and fatigue management in the mining industry;
- Examination of the apparent disconnect between some company management systems plans and the translation of such systems/plans to a working level (at the coal face); and
- Independent assessment of mechanisms for worker consultation, feedback and problem reporting of OHS problems at the minesite.
Shaw Idea will utilise researchers with a background of knowledge, skills and experience in contemporary approaches to OHS management, fatigue and hours of work management and organisational review.
It is expected that three projects will commence in February and take no more than six months to complete.
“These projects will require significant interaction with the mining industry and the Mine Safety Advisory Council will be seeking the support of industry for this important research,” the DPI said.
“The projects will require significant research, sampling strategies, surveys, data analysis and reporting including future inquiry industry workshops.
“The industry is encouraged to fully participate and assist in the projects so that truly representative and reliable information is provided as the basis for the resultant outcomes.”
The outcomes from the research will be considered by the Mine Safety Advisory Council which will provide advice to the NSW minister for primary industries.