Exploration safety info session coming to Kalgoorlie-Boulder

DMIRS will host a free exploration safety information session in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 24 July.
Date: Thursday, 28 June 2018

The importance of safety for exploration operations will be the focus of an information session hosted by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety in Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 24 July.

The half-day session will include information on the department’s expectations regarding 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 Mines Safety Andrew Chaplyn said mineral exploration presents additional risk factors and ensuring the operations make safety a priority is critical.

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

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

In 2017 there were 17 serious injuries and one fatality in Western Australia'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," Mr Chaplyn said.

Mr Chaplyn said anyone with functions and responsibilities for ensuring exploration is done safely would benefit from attending the department’s free information session.

The exploration safety information session will held on 24 July at the Kalgoorlie Overland Motel. For more information go to the department’s events page or download the event flyer. To register for the session email your name, company and contact details to SafetyComms@dmirs.wa.gov.au