New WA mining safety legislation gets a go from state government

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The State Government has given the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) Western Australia the green light to continue modernizing safety legislation in Western Australia’s resources industry.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion announced that the State Government has bared its support for  a new Resources Safety Bill earlier this week.

According to Simon Ridge, DMP’s Resources Safety Division Executive Director, the new Bill will modernize and harmonise the State’s mine safety regulation with other jurisdictions.

“The Bill will initially cover mines safety, replacing the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994,” Mr Ridge said.

The potential for incorporating safety legislation for petroleum and major hazard facilities will be investigated towards the end of the 2014, through a formal Regulatory Impact Statement consultation process.

“The new mines safety legislation will incorporate the best elements of the nationally-developed model Work Health and Safety legislation and the National Mine Safety Framework.” Mr Ridge said

“However, it is also important to recognise that some aspects that work in other jurisdictions may not apply to WA.

“Aspects of the model laws that don’t suit the WA context will be amended or removed altogether.”

In making the State Government’s announcement, Mr Marmion said the new legislation was an important next step in further reducing the risk of harm in Western Australia’s resources industry.

“The intention is to place a greater focus on risk management and to be less prescriptive,” Mr Marmion said.

“The onus will be placed on industry to demonstrate they understand the hazards and have control measures in place.”