Natural hazards the latest safety snapshot

The department's latest safety and health snapshot looks at natural hazards.
Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The latest instalment of the Resources Safety Division's monthly safety and health snapshots focuses on natural hazards and is now available from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Mines Safety Director Andrew Chaplyn said exposure to natural hazards has the potential to cause serious harm.

"Western Australia is subject to severe weather events such as tropical cyclones, extreme temperatures and severe thunderstorms," Mr Chaplyn said.

"In remote areas, bushfires started by lightning can burn for weeks or months, particularly during periods of drought, and may affect mining operations.

"Serious and fatal injuries can result from inadequate identification, planning and preparation for these hazards, and local communities can be significantly impacted."

The monthly safety and health snapshots address key topics in the minerals sector that have been identified by the department as potential areas of concern.

The snapshots can be accessed and downloaded from the department’s website and can be used by employers and workers to assist in the development and promotion of safe work practices on mining operations.

The department also releases quarterly performance snapshots detailing injury and incident data.

The better use of data in driving decisions is a core element of the department’s Towards 2020 regulatory strategy.