Exploration safety information session in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will host an information session on the importance of safety for exploration operations on 24 July.

The half-day session will include discussion on the department’s expectations on exploration safety, transitioning from exploration to operation, promoting best practice and how the code of practice Emergency management for Western Australian mines relates to exploration.

Director of Mines Safety, Andrew Chaplyn said safety should be a priority in mineral explorations.

“Drilling in any environment can be hazardous but mineral exploration in remote locations, such as those found in Western Australia, presents additional risk factors,” said Mr. Chaplyn.

“These factors include the risk of extreme weather events, accessibility difficulties, and distance from emergency services.”

There have been 17 serious injuries and one fatality in WA’s mineral exploration industry.

“While exploration operations account for a small number of injuries and notifiable incidents across the mining industry, the risk factors associated with exploration can impact on the safety and health outcomes for workers,” said Mr. Chaplyn.

The event will be held on 24 July at the Overland Motel. More information about the information session is available at the department’s event page. To register, email your name, company and contact details to SafetyComms@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

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