MIAC was established in April 2005 under section 14A of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984. It is is a statutory body advising on matters relating to occupational safety and health in the mining industry.
The key objectives of MIAC are to:
- advise and make recommendations to the Ministers responsible for occupational safety and health in Western Australia and the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health (the Commission) on occupational safety and health matters concerning the mining industry
- liaise with the Commission to coordinate activities on related functions and maintain parallel standards
- inquire into and report to the Ministers regarding any matter referred to it by the Ministers relating to occupational safety and health in the mining industry
- make recommendations to the Minister for Mines and Petroleum regarding the formulation, amendment or repeal of laws relating to occupational safety and health for which that Minister is responsible
- prepare or recommend the adoption of codes of practice, guidelines, standards and specifications or other forms of guidance for the purpose of assisting employers, self-employed persons, employees, manufacturers or other persons to maintain appropriate occupational safety and health standards in the mining industry
- provide advice on education, publications, training and training courses with respect to occupational safety and health in the mining industry.
The tripartite membership of MIAC is determined jointly by the Ministers responsible for the administration of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.
- Mr Andrew Chaplyn (Chair) – Government member
- Ms Helen Anderson – Expert member
- Dr Gary Bryant – Expert member
- Mr Peter Burton – Industry member
- Mr Gregory Busson – Union member
- Ms Christina Folley – Government member
- Ms Elysha Millard – Industry member
- Ms Pearl Lim – Union member
- Mr Glenn McLaren – Union member
- Ms Meagan Smart – Expert member
- Mr Gregory Stagbouer – Expert member
- Mr Robert Watson – Industry member
Schedule of MIAC meetings for 2020:
- Wednesday 12 February 2020
- Wednesday 8 April 2020
- Wednesday 10 June 2020
- Wednesday 12 August 2020
- Wednesday 14 October 2020
- Wednesday 9 December 2020
A summary of the topics discussed at the most recent MIAC meeting is available below.
The confirmed minutes for MIAC meetings for 2016 and 2015 are provided below.
From the 13 October 2016, meeting minutes have been replaced by meeting communiques. Copies of these are available above.
Mental Health Strategies Working Group
On 18 June 2015, the Legislative Assembly Education and Health Standing Committee tabled its final report The impact of FIFO work practices on mental health. The Standing Committee made a number of findings and recommendations in its report relating to the Mental Health and Mines and Petroleum portfolios.
The Government provided its response to the Standing Committee’s recommendations in October 2015, which included MIAC progressing those relevant recommendations.
To assist in identifying a framework to support good practice for positive mental health wellbeing in the resources sector workplace, it was agreed at MIAC’s 14 April 2016 meeting to establish a Mental Health Strategies Working Group (MHSWG).
The Working Group comprises representatives from industry, unions, mental health organisations and government agencies.
Mental Health Strategies Working Group Terms of Reference and membership
Mental Health Strategies Working Group communiques
Nano Diesel Particulate Matter Working Group
Diesel particulates are a known hazard for mining operations, especially in underground mines where widespread use of diesel vehicles and equipment emphasises that ventilation is critical.
Research around the world suggests nano diesel particulate matter (nDPM) is a harmful carcinogenic component of exhaust emissions that can be absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream. An evaluation of nDPM would assist the development of control measures to protect workers in underground mines and other environments where nDPM is generated.
To assist the MIAC to gain a better understanding of the exposure effects of nDPM on workers, it was agreed by MIAC early in 2016 to establish the Nano Diesel Particulate Matter Working Group (NDPMWG).
The Working Group comprises experts from Government, universities and industry.