The guide comes in the wake of recent severe mining disasters such as the Pike River mine explosion in November last year, the Chilean mining tragedy in August 2010 and the Beaconsfield mining disaster in Tasmania in 2006.
The new guide acknowledges that workers in the mining and extractive industries can be exposed to a wide range of hazards on a daily basis, from harmful dusts, fumes, exhaust emissions and hazardous chemicals to other factors like noise, ergonomic stressors and psychosocial hazards.
The guide also warns workers of the possible pitfalls of dealing with issues of fatigue, drug and alcohol abuse, fire danger and atmospheric contaminants causing respiratory disease and provides recommendations and solutions for some of these problems.
?The Mining Industry Guide to Safety 2011 is an easily accessible resource for all involved in the mining industry,? said John Hutchings, CEO of Pro-Visual Publishing. ?This edition provides valuable, up to date information about health management plans, commuting to and from the mine, drug and alcohol policies and fire fighting guidelines.?
The Guide is being distributed free of charge nationally and is produced and distributed without cost, thanks to industry sponsorship.
To obtain copies of the guide for your workplace, contact Pro-Visual Publishing, tel 02 8272 2611, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.provisual.com.au
Source: Pro-Visual Publishing