Safety is always the number one priority for our sector. The NSW mining industry has an excellent health and safety record over many years, but there’s always room for improvement, and our industry goal is zero harm.
We are working towards a NSW mining industry free of fatalities, injuries and disease.
Safety is paramount to NSW miners and Australia is an international leader in safety research and technologies. We lead the way with our virtual reality training facilities, mining software and innovation.
Like other industries, working in mining does pose health and safety challenges. However, we believe that:
All fatalities, injuries and diseases are preventable
Every task, however urgent or important, can be done safely
All hazards can be identified and their risks managed
Everyone has a personal responsibility for the safety and health of themselves and others
Safety and health performance can always be improved
The industry in NSW operates under a ‘tripartite’ model where unions, government and industry work collaboratively to ensure the best health and safety outcomes. This model is supported by Coal Services which is a dedicated health and safety scheme for the coal industry in NSW. Coal Services provides health surveillance and coordinates dust monitoring across the coal industry. The Coal Services model plays an important role in maintaining vigilance in preventing dust disease.
It’s not just about safety. Our industry also supports overall individual health and fitness for work by positively addressing issues such as fatigue, mental health and innovations to reduce or eliminate injuries.
Health and safety are interrelated and both require effective management to ensure the wellbeing of people in the industry.