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New Zealand quarry managers go back to the future

Responsible quarry managers are crucial to ensure the industry keeps improving its safety performance, says IQA President John Mitas.

I had the pleasure of attending the combined Institute of Quarrying NZ/Quarry Association of NZ annual conference that was recently held in Blenheim, in the heart of the Marlborough wine district, on the north east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

A big thanks to IQNZ President Les Ward and his committee for their hospitality. I look forward to welcoming Les and his wife Lois to CMIC16 conference in Melbourne next month.

The NZ conference was a great success, with good attendances at the conference workshops and the social functions. The conference was well supported by industry and government and the IQNZ sponsors and exhibitors.

The theme of the conference this year was “Safe, sound and solid” and a lot of the papers and discussion focused on the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 that came into effect on 4 April, 2016.

The new laws and associated regulations and codes of practice are part of a number of reforms that incorporate the recommendations of the Pike River Royal Commission.

The new laws now require operators to appoint a quarry manager. The duties of the manager include managing the quarry operation and to supervise the health and safety aspects of the operation. A quarry manager at a site where more than four workers ordinarily work at any one time must hold an A grade certificate of competence (CoC).

For quarries employing less than four workers, a quarry manager must hold a minimum of a B-grade certificate of competence.

The new legislation requires that all holders of a CoC must comply with continuous professional development (CPD) requirements. CPD activities must be recorded in the approved logbook. Quarry managers must demonstrate they have met the CPD requirements for their CoC to be renewed every five years.

Paul Sutton, our General Manager, has been doing a great job in working with the IQNZ, the NZ Government and other stakeholders to develop webinars and face-to-face courses to assist the NZ quarrying industry comply with the requirements set out in the new legislation.

Having competent quarry managers that keep their skills and competencies current will help improve the safety performance of our industry. The Pike River tragedy contains lessons for all of us and administrative and legislative reforms outlined by the Pike River Royal Commission must be acted on if future tragedies are to be avoided.

John Mitas
Managing Director • John Mitas Consulting

John Mitas is the immediate Past President of the Institute of Quarrying Australia, and a regular contributor to Quarry. He is an inaugural member of the IQA's Quarry Manager Certification System (QMCS) board. To email John, click here.
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