Best Practice Safety Standards for the Mining Industry

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Mining Quarry Industry Guide to Safety 2013/14 – Released

NMN5-3-Chart-Image72dpiThe Pike River Coal mine disaster on New Zealand’s West Coast has focused international attention on the extractive industry, and mostly for the wrong reasons. The investigation into the event by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the subsequent Royal Commission of Enquiry identified poor regulatory oversight, inadequacies of the self regulatory model of health and safety compliance generally within the industry, a lack of management oversight and commitment to health and safety, and substandard practices by the workforce. It is therefore a collaborative effort made by Pro‑Visual Publishing and the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) to release this year’s Mining Quarry Industry Guide to Safety 2013/14, with a focus on the repercussions of the Pike River Coal mine incident along with other standard safety practices.

Legislation in both Australia and New Zealand clearly places duties on those who control organisations to ensure required standards of compliance are achieved. NZ’s Health and Safety in Employment Act requires those with duties under the Act to take “all practicable steps” to ensure those duties are fulfilled. The executive leadership and responsibility of directors, when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of workers and all involved in the company, is a prominent topic of this year’s guide.

Managing contractors and implementing successful procedures for guarding belt conveyors are topics considered to be key action areas for implementation of health and safety procedures. Conveyors, for example, are used extensively for materials handling throughout the extractive industry. Flat belt, chain link, screw auger, and powered roller types are the most common and have similar related hazards. Risk management and monitoring of operations as well as employee health are required for the safety and wellbeing of workers within the industry to be maintained.

“I would like to thank all of the sponsors of the Mining Quarry Industry Guide to Safety 2013/14. Their support has made it possible for the guide to be distributed free of charge”, said John Hutchings, CEO, Pro-Visual Publishing.

Pro-Visual Publishing is the leading specialist in wall-mounted workplace health safety, food safety hygiene and health and wellbeing information resource charts. Each chart is practical and informative, providing a quick reference point for management and staff. Pro-Visual Publishing’s charts are designed to inform, motivate, educate and above all keep people and their workplaces safe!

For further information, or to obtain additional copies of the Chart, please call +61 2 8272 2611, email or visit

For Media Enquiries or images please contact Deanna Davenport at Pro-Visual Publishing on +61 2 8272 2611 or

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