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WA Mines Show a Duty of Care

Olympic Dam Copper-Uranium Mine, Adelaide, Australia

Olympic Dam Copper-Uranium Mine

Under section 9(1)(a) of the Mines Safety & Inspection Act, employers have a duty to ensure, as far as practicable, that employees are not exposed to hazards at the workplace.

To ensure a safe and healthy mine, the mine should be modified to suit people, not the other way around.

Three basic steps should be taken as follows:

  • Identify the Hazards — recognise things that may cause injury or harm to the health of a person, such as flammable material, ignition sources or unguarded machinery;
  • Assess the Risk — look at the possibility of injury or harm occurring to a person if exposed to the hazard; and
  • Reduce the Risk — introduce measures to eliminate or reduce the risk of a person being exposed to the hazard.
  • Spill Control Equipment plays a critical role in reducing slip hazards in all workplaces.

Emergency Safety Showers & Eyewash units are mandatory in all workplaces that handle and store Dangerous Goods.

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