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Incident information and data: where can you find it?

Where can information on safety incidents be obtained from, and what is the purpose of this information from the provider?

The UK-based Health and Safety Executive provide some useful answers to the second portion of this question on their website. According to the HSE there are three types of ‘health and safety bulletins’ that provide useful information:

  • Safety alerts
  • Safety notices
  • Other safety messages

More information on each of these categories can be found here.

The reasons for safety alerts and their purpose is also similar in Australia and information can be found on a state by state basis from the safety regulators websites. In the major mining states of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia the regulator is still currently mining/resources specific, whilst in the remainder of the states and territories the regulator is WorkSafe.

Each regulator allows users to view incidents and associated information. In addition, users can subscribe to regular email updates from the regulators. For the states where health and safety is administered by WorkSafe, the incidents also include non-mining specific alerts and notices. This may be viewed by some as unnecessary; however, as an industry we use services from outside the traditional mining silo and so should be aware of health and safety issues outside what is classed as a normal mining activity. Indeed, in the future as the industry develops this need will increase.

At this point it should be noted that the regulators in the three major mining states also use their alert systems to provide information on non-traditional risk sources that they deem the industry needs to be aware of.

The following websites provide further details and information on how to obtain safety alerts and notices from the various state and territory regulators.

New South Wales

Investigation information releases NSW

https://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/miners-and-explorers/safety-and-health/incidents/incident-updates

Investigation reports

https://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/regulation/compliance-and-enforcement/investigation-reports

Incidents, alerts and investigations

https://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/miners-and-explorers/safety-and-health/incidents

Safety alerts

https://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/miners-and-explorers/safety-and-health/incidents/safety-alerts

Queensland

Find alerts, bulletins and notices

https://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/online-tools/alert-bulletin/alerts-bulletins/alerts-bulletins-search

Safety performance reports and statistics

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/mining-energy-water/resources/safety-health/mining/accidents-incidents/safety-performance

Investigations, inquiries and inquests

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/mining-energy-water/resources/safety-health/mining/accidents-incidents/investigations-inquiries

Western Australia

Mines safety alerts

http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Safety/Mines-safety-alerts-13194.aspx

Weekly news alerts

http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Safety/Weekly-news-alerts-16443.aspx

South Australia

Safety alerts

https://www.safework.sa.gov.au/show_page.jsp?id=2354

Tasmania

https://www.worksafe.tas.gov.au/

Victoria

Safety alerts

https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/news/safety-alerts

Northern Territory

Safety alerts

http://www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/SafetyAlerts/default.aspx

For reference, the United Kingdom links are:

Guidance

http://www.hse.gov.uk/mining/information.htm

Health and safety in mining

http://www.hse.gov.uk/mining/index.htm

http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/index.htm

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