Mine inspectors from Karratha, Collie, and Kalgoorlie gathered together last week in Perth for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Mines Inspectors Forum.
Director Mines Safety and State Mining Engineer, Andrew Chaplyn said mines inspectors had an opportunity to share experiences, knowledge, and ideas during the forum.
“The Inspectors Forum enables us to come together as an inspectorate and make use of the most important resource we have – our people,” he said.
“Our people are the backbone of what we do.”
The forum, which included presentations, guest speakers, updates by executive staff and workshops, was opened by Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston.
“It was particularly pleasing to have Minister Johnston open the forum and is indicative of the Minister’s and the Government’s commitment to worker safety,” said Mr. Chaplyn.
Minister Johnston said occupational health and safety is a key priority for the government.
“The Government sees your work (in mines safety) as critical,” he said.
The Minister also discussed the draft code of practice for mentally healthy workplaces for FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors (read SafetyCulture’s report).
“It’s very important to me personally that we deliver on that code of practice and I do believe it will be a significant step forward for the many people involved in fly-in, fly-out work in our industry,” said Minister Johnston.