New regs by Christmas

Posted on 19 March 2018

New and appropriate regulations for the mining and quarry sector have been floating around as an idea for several years; now they are happening.

In my first meeting with new Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Iain Lees-Galloway, he confirmed he wants to see these in the place by the end of this year. Full marks to him for that.

We've already prepared a 300-page submission – don’t worry I’m not going to ask you to read it.

In short, some of the key things we are looking for include:

  • Defining what exactly is a quarry – otherwise judges will determine this. It should, in MinEx’s view, exclude small scale extraction on farms, forests and civil construction sites
  • Changes to CoCs to include:
    • A new definition of a Quarry Manager – effectively an A Grade CoC
    • A new definition of a Quarry Supervisor – effectively a B Grade CoC
    • A new Manager of an Alluvial Gold Operation
    • Clarification of roles of Ventilation officer, Electrical Superintendent and Mechanical Superintendent
  • Revised application of Electrical and Mechanical Control Plans
  • Revised requirements for escape ways in underground mines and tunnels
  • Clarifying the definition of a suspended mine and a mine in care and maintenance.

MinEx will provide the lead here but if you’ve got any concerns or views, let’s hear them.


Wayne Scott


MinEx / 021 944 336