MinEx was formed in 2006 and provides the main point of contact for Government agencies on H&S, particularly WorkSafe and MITO. It coordinates and corrals industry views and feedback into submissions on legislation, regulations, codes, training, qualifications, guidance documents and other policy and technical issues important to safety in our sector.
It develops tools such as the small mines and quarries H&S system toolkit to assist small operators improve their H&S performance.
MineEx also provides free advice to quarry and mine companies on H&S improvement, legislation,codes and guidelines.
For a summary of MinEx’s work to date – and its new Business Plan, contact the Office Manager
MinEx‘s work includes:
Promoting an end to workplace deaths in quarrying and mining, and a 25% reduction in serious injuries by 2020. Seeking specific member company commitments to these goals
Engaging with WorkSafe on the H & S reforms and new Act to ensure it is fit for purpose
Issuing regular newsletters and Safety Alerts on incidents
Alongside WorkSafe, organising and attending industry forums on H&S in quarries and mines
Working with WorkSafe to improve the collection and reporting of H&S statistics to make better use of the information for company bench-marking and wider purposes
Maintaining a MinEx contacts database including information on locations CoC holders want training
Producing submissions to Government on new asbestos regulations, infringement offences and fees regulations, worker participation engagement and representation exposure draft, hazardous substances regulations, new H&S Act, and crystalline silica Workplace Exposure Standards
Attending AQA/IOQ combined bi-monthly board meetings
Presenting at AusIMM, QuarryNZ and other conferences
Participating in workshops and reviews of surveying, air quality, worker health, management & admin, and worker participation codes or guidelines
Ensuring guidelines developed for quarries/surface mines are fit for purpose
Ongoing liaison with WorkSafe on all mining/quarry industry issues
Establishing and support Training Leadership Group to drive improved training across the extractive sector.