Mines Inspectorate statement on dust monitoring compliance
11 August 2017
The Mines Inspectorate has moved quickly on four coal mines which have failed to comply with dust monitoring laws, commencing an investigation and issuing them with directives to address deficiencies in their safety and health management systems.
The four mines will have until Tuesday 15 August 2017 to fulfil the requirements of the directives issued to them.
The Mines Inspectorate has already met with one operator and has called in the second operator for next week. Both operators will be required to submit evidence that they have in place dust monitoring plans which meet their regulatory obligations.
One operator will increase dust monitoring and reporting and submit their dust monitoring plan for scrutiny by mines inspectors. Discussions continue with the second operator regarding appropriate action to ensure compliance.
While we expect the mines to meet the requirements of the directives, failure to do so may result in further action – this could include issuing further directives to halt mining operations or prosecution.
Contact: Amity Sturwohld
Phone: 3199 8245