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Safegas monitoring replacement rolled out

24 Oct 2019

The first phase of the upgrade to the Safegas gas monitoring systems has been completed. The initial stage, which involved replacing the core application database at nine priority mines sites across Queensland, was completed at the end of the 2018-19 financial year by the Simtars Safegas team.The project delivered a stabilised and scalable database capable of supporting increased gas monitoring in line with mining regulation and predicted industry growth.An incremental roll out to the existing mine sites commenced in August and will take place during annual audit mine site visits with the first non-priority site scheduled for late August 2019. This refreshed database provides the foundation for future planned functionality improvements in support of mobility, web enablement and increased monitoring ... Read more >>


Simtars supports the NEXTgen of engineers

24 Oct 2019

Ahmad Abdullah, Simtars Assessment and Testing Officer, has been selected for the 2019-2020 NEXTgen Contributors Program offered by Standards Australia.The NEXTgen Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes supporting Australian industry and government. The program will train young professionals who will experience the national and international standards development processes and understand what it is like being involved on a Technical Committee of Standards Australia with their industry peers.Through webinars, meetings, networking and professional development activities, these emerging leaders share knowledge and collaborate to develop a deep understanding of what it takes to shape robust standards that contribute to the net benefit of the ... Read more >>


Australian Mines Rescue competition success for Queensland teams

23 Oct 2019

Queensland took out the top three places in the 57th Australian Mine Rescue competition held at Moolarben Mines Rescue Station in Mudgee on 17 October 2019.In the last four years the winners of the competition have been from NSW. The event is held on an annual rotational basis in NSW and Queensland. The top four rescue teams from the Queensland EK Healy Cup competition represent Queensland against the top four NSW teams; a little bit like state of origin.The results for the competition were:Grosvenor Mine 1stKestrel Mine 2ndMoranbah North Mine 3rd, who were also first placed in the virtual reality assessmentAppin Mine (NSW) 4thOaky North mine 5thThe winning team has the opportunity to represent Australia in the international mines rescue ... Read more >>


Complimentary student registrations for QMIHS Conference

25 Jul 2019

The Queensland Mining Industry Safety and Health Conference Committee is pleased to extend the offer to a limited number of students studying mining and related disciplines to attend this year’s Conference at The Star Gold Coast.A complimentary registration is being offered to students to attend the Conference on Tuesday 20 August. For those who are not able to make their own way from Brisbane, a complimentary coach service will collect students from The University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus) at the Sir James Foots Building 47A at 9.30am and depart The Star Gold Coast around 8:00pm.During the course of the day, students will be able to join in the Concurrent Session presentations being delivered by industry experts. The day will ... Read more >>


Simtars fosters links with next generation of health professionals

28 Mar 2019

Ongoing research is a key driver to developing new technologies that will keep workers in the mining, resources and allied industries safe in the future. With this in mind, Simtars regularly supports the new generation of researchers and practitioners in the occupational health and resource-related fields by hosting them at its Redbank facilities.Our most recent visitors—postgraduate students from UQ & QUT—were given the opportunity to see what we do at Simtars and how we contribute to the safety and health in the Queensland’s resources sector.The visit included a meet and greet with our leadership team; demonstrations of our virtual reality theatre; flame path transmission testing apparatus; the ever-popular propagation tube; and a tour through our general laboratories.Participants were then able ... Read more >>


Institute of Electrical Inspectors visit Simtars

27 Mar 2019

On Thursday evening, 21 March 2019, the March meeting of the Institute of Electrical Inspectors was held at Simtars facilities at 2 Robert Smith Street, Redbank.The visitors were given a tour of the testing facilities at Simtars associated with the testing and certification of explosion protected equipment for use in hazardous industrial environments.Members of the Institute of Electrical Inspectors provide services for the inspection and sign off on industrial electrical installations including those installations where there is a risk of the equipment triggering an explosion due to the presence of explosive gases or dusts. ... Read more >>


How Simtars can help with your EMPs

13 Mar 2019

Want to know how Simtars can help you with your Environmental Management Plans (EMP)?Simtars understands that successful operational environmental management, and the development of a culture of sustainable environmental management, are best embedded during the early stages of a project.We work with our clients to develop Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for construction and operations that are compliant with the requirements of ISO 14001.We also offer support during the implementation of the EMS and, if desired, the certification of the EMS to ISO 14001.Simtars can also collaborate with you to develop Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) to ensure environmental management is compliant and successful during the pre and post operational phases of a project.Simtars understands regulatory compliance and that’s why clients turn ... Read more >>


Simtars staff achievement

28 Feb 2019

Simtars would like to congratulate Deborah van Zanten on being the latest member of Simtars staff to achieve the designation of Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH).Deborah is coming up to her 21st year with Simtars as an Occupational Hygienist. Her transition to Occupational Hygiene came after a successful career in nursing.Deborah was the major contributor to the development, implementation and presentation of the recognised training package for respirable (coal) dust monitoring in Queensland (BSBWHS409 Assist with workplace monitoring processes), approved by the Industry Skills Council Australia.Deborah is a Principal Hygienist, manages the very successful Occupational Hygiene Team at Redbank and is Simtars’ Occupational Hygiene Practice Leader.She has expanded her career to working in PNG on numerous occasions and has significant expertise ... Read more >>


Do you need NATA calibration of your personal sampling pumps?

28 Feb 2019

Simtars is now NATA accredited to calibrate the flow rate and timer functions on your personal sampling pumps.The purpose of calibrating and performance testing your sampling pumps is to ensure they are able to maintain a constant flow over a known period of time to enable accurate calculation of sampling volume. Accurate sampling volume is critical when determining the airborne concentration of a substance collected.Simtars can perform a full range of tests to meet the requirements of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene’s Technical Paper ‘Air Sampling Pumps: Equipment Calibration Requirements’ or to your specific requirements including:back pressure flow ratetimer functionslow battery final flowratesmaximum compensation range back pressuredelayed start / time run testsflow fault indication.On successful calibration of your sampling ... Read more >>


Simtars issues over 300 statement of attainments for the Respirable Dust Sampling course

10 Dec 2018

Since January 2017, Simtars (RTO 1828) has held 42 courses and issued over 300 statements of attainment in the Respirable Dust Sampling training course.On November 14, 2018, Simtars issued its 300th statement of attainment for the Downer Group operating at the Meandu Mine - a fantastic achievement, and a testament to the worldclass expertise that the Simtars RTO has at its disposal.Eight Downer Group employees from the Meandu Mine undertook training combined with written and practical assessments to achieve the required competency. This was an outstanding effort from those involved and further enhances the Downer Group’s capabilities to collect, interpret, evaluate and respond to on-site respirable dust issues.Successful learners in this course obtain a statement of attainment issued by Simtars ... Read more >>


Simtars continues its support of the QMEA Ambassador Program

07 Dec 2018

The final school visit for 2018 wrapped up earlier today here at Simtars.Members of the 2018 Student Ambassador Program from the QMEA (Queensland Minerals & Energy Academy) spent the morning meeting members of the Simtars Executive Team and technical staff.Following visits to (and demonstrations of) the Virtual Reality Immersive Training Theatre, the ever-popular Propagation Tube, Gas Laboratory and Dust Laboratory, the students now have a better understanding of what Simtars does to ensure maximum health and safety outcomes in the mining and allied industries.Many of the students will themselves enter a career in the mining sector and other allied industries. Being able to see first-hand the valuable work we do to ensure mine safety and health is maintained throughout Queensland, ... Read more >>


Members of the Institute of Instrumentation, Control and Automation (IICA) visit Simtars

27 Nov 2018

Members of the Institute of Instrumentation, Control and Automation (IICA) visited Simtars this month, speaking with our technical experts about improving safety and health initiatives in the mining and allied industries.An informative visit with members of the group giving positive feedback about the wealth of technical expertise Simtars possesses and the valuable work we do in the field of resources safety and health. Spark test apparatus ... Read more >>


Simtars staff excellence recognised by ACARP

19 Oct 2018

Simtars’ Principal Engineer, Andre De Kock, was the proud recipient of an ACARP Research and Industry Excellence award in September 2018.Andre was recognised for his excellence and commitment to research over many years in the IS space. His commitment, professionalism and structured approach to establishing repeatable processes to ensure equipment can be tested in a systematic way, to ensure its safety, has made great improvements in IS across the mining research industry.Simtars’ Executive Director Nicolai Ahlstrand said, ‘Simtars is delighted and immensely proud that Andre’s dedication, excellence and service to industry has been recognised. The work that Andre has done at Simtars over many years has directly enhanced industry safety outcomes’.Simtars’ Principal Engineer, Andre De Kock, with the ACARP Research ... Read more >>


Simtars celebrates 30 years of researching, testing and promoting safety in Queensland mine sites

11 Oct 2018

From humble beginnings, Simtars (the Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station) emerged from some of Queensland’s worst mining disasters: Ipswich’s Box Flat Colliery (1972), Kianga mine explosion (1975) and Moura number 4 explosion (1986).Opened in September 1988, Simtars developed and provided a range of vital safety and health, research, testing and training services across Qld, in the hope that mass fatalities at mine sites would be a thing of the past.Simtars’ work also expanded globally, where it works in the resources sectors of the United States, India, China, Turkey, Laos, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea to improve worker competency—making mines safer and bringing real financial savings to resource companies through reduced worker injuries.Many of these projects have driven significant ... Read more >>


Simtars Safegas V4 Upgrade

19 Sep 2018

During the month of June, the Simtars Safegas project was subject to a final independent assessment of readiness for deployment and operation of the upgraded Safegas system by aQueensland Government Chief Information Office validated panel provider.This assessment found that the project was Green across all 6 Quality Dimensions. This is an outstanding result and highlights the competence, commitment and hard work of Simtars staff to deliver this industry needed upgrade to a safety critical system.Safegas fast facts:Developed by Simtars 20 years ago in response to a QLD coal mine disaster inquiry.Displays gas concentration and gas ratios, determines explosibility probability, and triggers alarms when tolerance values are breached.Led to Approved Standard for the use of Gas Monitoring System embodied in current ... Read more >>