Five new codes of practice relating to mine health and safety have been approved by the New South Wales Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon Anthony Roberts MP.

The new codes of practise, which are designed to assist participants in the industry in complying with their work health and safety obligations in New South Wales, relate to:

  • Safety management systems in mines
  • Emergency planning for mines
  • Inundation and inrush hazard management
  • Strata control in underground coal mines
  • Roadway dust analysis in underground coal mines,

and have now published on the NSW Mine Safety website, were developed in consultation with employer and union representatives and incorporate feedback received through the consultation undertaken in the second quarter 2014.

The Minister has also recently released for consultation a further draft code of practise Mechanical engineering control plan, which addresses the preparation and implementation of a control plan for the management of risks associated with the mechanical aspects of plant and other structures.