Emergency Management For WA Mines Code Of Practice Officially Launched

Emergency Management For WA Mines Code Of Practice Officially Launched

Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston

New Code Helps Mine Sites Plan For Emergencies

Victor P Taffa

  • A new code for managing emergencies at WA mines has been released
  • Emergency planning is critical for keeping mine workers safe and healthy

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston has officially launched the Emergency management for Western Australian mines code of practice.

“One of the McGowan Government’s key priorities is the safety of workers and I encourage mining companies, especially those with underground sites, to have risk-based emergency management systems in place.” Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston said.

“It’s crucial that mine sites prepare for the worst, and this code of practice provides vital information for responding to emergencies.”

Since mining operations can be potentially hazardous, and are often in remote locations, it is important to always be prepared for an emergency.

Mines code provides important information on emergency management plans and how to act responsively during a crisis.

Having effective emergency management onsite can save lives and keep workers safe.

Mines code was developed following extensive consultation over the past 2 years.

A draft code was released for public comment in November 2016 and the final code had significant input from emergency response co-ordinators, trainers, industry and workers.

Abbreviations

WA                 Western Australia