NSW’s Resources Regulator has recently completed a state-wide compliance blitz focusing on the mining and petroleum sectors.
Eighty inspectors and regulatory officers from the safety, environment and compliance teams visited 109 mine and petroleum sites across the state in the largest operational deployment of personnel and resources ever conducted by the Resources Regulator.
God compliance with legislative obligations has been observed, but a number of issues were identified at several sites, in particular in relation to plant and equipment in resulting in 28 prohibition notices being issued at 12 sites. A further 35 notices and 33 notices of concern were issued in relation to WHS requirements, while eight potential breaches of the Mining Act were identified for investigation.
“Overall, standards being upheld by operators across the NSW mining industry were positive, with inspectors finding generally good compliance rates in relation to rehabilitation activities and work health and safety obligations,” said Resources Regulator’s Deputy Secretary Lee Shearer.
“Unfortunately, there were a small number of operators who fell short of expectations and this was addressed by enforcement action.
“Mine operators need to remain vigilant and constantly review their operations to ensure compliance obligations are being met and workers are not exposed to risk. We take zero-tolerance approach to operators failing to meet their requirements and will continue to undertake unannounced inspections and compliance operations to ensure to ensure this is the case.”
More information about this safety blitz is available on the Resources Regulator’s website.