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Seminar to address mine safety changes

Tony Linnane, manager of mine safety policy and legislation for NSW Trade and Investment, will address the quarrying industry at the annual NSW Quarrying and Small Mines Safety & Health Seminar in Newcastle on Tuesday, 5 May, 2015.

Linnane will explain the regulatory changes that have taken place since the NSW Work Health and Safety (Mines) Act 2013 and the NSW Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulation 2014 came into effect on 1 February, 2015.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with mine safety personnel – including their local mine inspectors – in order to clarify concerns, inconsistencies or variations in the new legislation that may have a direct effect on their business.

The seminar program has been designed to address important current safety and health issues that are relevant not only to the quarrying industry but to the broader mining industry as well.

It follows on from the success of the inaugural Quarrying and Small Mines Safety & Health Seminar, which was held in 2014 and attended by 145 quarry and mining professionals.

IQA NSW branch chairman Jim Hankins said this year’s seminar would provide presentations on a range of matters that are continually requested by industry representatives, instead of focusing on a single theme. He added that it would provide participants with a range of tools and systems that would likely help them manage all aspects of their business, including safety.

“The event will challenge your [attendees’] way of thinking,” Hankins said. “It is about revisiting your commitment to the management of safety on your site and to deliver on your promise to lead the industry, drive change and make our quarries the safest in the nation.”

The event is being organised by the IQA in partnership with Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia and the mine safety division of NSW Trade and Investment.

It is part of the IQA’s Professional Development Program (PDP) and will provide 7.5 hours of recognised, on-going professional development as part of the IQA’s Quarry Management Certification system.

For more information, visit www.quarry.com.au

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