Health and safety

Why is health and safety important? 

The health and safety of mining workers and neighbouring communities is of the utmost importance to governments and the mining industry. Workplace safety relies on everyone. The Australian sector is a world-leader in health and safety performance, and is committed to a goal of ‘zero harm’—an industry free of fatalities, injuries and diseases. A focus on zero harm does not only apply to those working at an operation, but also to the surrounding community.

How is the department involved?

Mine work health and safety is primarily the responsibility of the states and territories. The Chief Inspectors of Mines are the most senior technical officers with regulatory responsibility and accountability for mining operations in these jurisdictions.

Australian governments have been working together to improve the consistency of mine safety and health legislation through the National Mine Safety Framework (NMSF) initiative. The NMSF aims to improve safety outcomes and harmonise technical requirements across the country.

Offshore oil and gas operations are regulated by the independent expert regulator for health and safety, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). NOPSEMA takes a leading role in driving process safety improvements offshore to prevent major accidents.

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