Qld coal mining companies swing into action on COVID-19

COAL mining companies are already taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout Queensland in a bid to keep workforce and communities healthy.
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QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane.

Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane said procedures introduced included health questionnaires for visitors and suppliers; temperature measurement at mine site entries and before flights to mine sites; and improved separation procedures including head office staff working from home.

Other measures include staggered crib breaks, and no non-essential visitors to mine sites.

"Where possible, essential service crews such as Emergency Response and Pump Crews are being keep in isolation from broader workforce," Macfarlane said.

"In order to ease pressure and help lighten the load on health workers in regional areas from people presenting for COVID-19 testing, resource companies are also waiving requirements for Doctors Certificates for general illness leave."

Macfarlane said as the COVID-19 situation evolved in Australia and around the world, it would be critical for our industry - like all Australians - to heed the advice from health authorities.

"It is also critical as an industry we continue to devote our full attention to implementing the processes and procedures in accordance with the latest advice," he said.

"While these are turbulent times amid the COVID-19 response, the resources industry will continue to play its central role in the economic productivity of the state and lives of all Queenslanders.

"QRC will continue to work on a full range of industry issues, but we cannot afford distractions from what is essential at this time - responding to the global pandemic that is COVID-19."

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