DMP experts to present at safety conference

The AIOH conference and exhibition is in Perth from the 5th to the 9th of December and will feature presentations from safety experts from the Department of Mines and Petroleum.
Date: Thursday, 03 December 2015

Safety and health experts from the Department of Mines and Petroleum will be speaking at an international conference for occupational health, hygiene and safety professionals starting in Perth on Saturday.

The annual Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) conference and exhibition brings professionals from around the globe to discuss the science and practice of protecting the health of workers.

Mines Safety Director Andrew Chaplyn said the conference will feature presentations from dangerous goods and mines safety, and attendees will be able to meet with staff at the Resources Safety booth.

“Dangerous Goods officers Lawry Lim and Peter Xanthis will host a Continuing Education Seminar (CES) on hazardous goods on Saturday,” Mr Chaplyn said.

“Their session will highlight some of the risks when transporting dangerous goods and some basic principles on safe storage and handling.”

On Wednesday Mr Chaplyn will present a plenary session on harmonised legislation in Western Australia.

“As the adoption of a risk-based approach to health and safety increases and new technology is introduced, legislation for the minerals sector needs to be less prescriptive and more adaptable to change,” Mr Chaplyn said.

“While some safety and health risks are unique to each industry sector, there are common elements. With this in mind, the department identified an opportunity to streamline and simplify the legislative structure.

Mr Chaplyn said safety and health legislation for mining, petroleum and MHFs will be consolidated and modernised under a single Act, introduced using the Work Health and Safety (Resources) Bill.

“The new legislation will have a greater focus on risk management,” he said.

It is expected that the new Work Health and Safety (Resources) Act will be in place by the end of 2016.

For more information about the conference, visit the AIOH website.