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NSW laws dig deeper

A number of proposed changes to New South Wales mining laws are open for public comment.

The proposed draft NSW WHS (Mines) Regulation 2014 includes a number of amendments that differ from the model mining regulations developed as part of the National Mine Safety Framework.

NSW along with Queensland and Western Australia determined that more detailed mining regulations were required in their jurisdictions.

Under the proposed NSW regulations, for example, a mine operator can only be appointed if the person has the skills, knowledge, experience and resources to exercise the functions of the mine operator, in addition to the requirements included in the model laws.

A number of proposed NSW codes of practice are also open for public comment, including safety management systems in mining, strata control in underground coalmines, inundation and inrush hazard management, emergency planning for mines and roadway dust analysis in underground mines.

Comment on the draft regulations closes 27 June, while comment on the draft codes closes 11 July.

For more details, visit NSW mines.

Published on 19 June 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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