MSAC WORKING PARTIES

World-leading WHS culture working party

Terms of reference

The world-leading WHS culture working party (CWP), examines the drivers and barriers to improving the industry’s WHS culture, how to embed the outcomes of the CEO WHS Culture Summits into the industry and develops strategies and action for MSAC to consider including how to market “world-leading WHS” to address MSAC priorities. The CWP also considers the MSAC terms of reference when making recommendations and oversees implementation of WHS culture change strategies and actions at the request of MSAC. 

CWP members

Chairman 
Resources Regulator representative, NSW Department of Industry
Employer representative, NSW Minerals Council - Metals
Employer representative, NSW Minerals Council - Coal
Employer representative, Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia
Employee representative, Australian Workers Union
Employee representative, Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union

Assistance:
Executive Officer, MSAC

 


 

Health Management Advisory Committee 

The NSW Mining and Extractives Industry Health Management Advisory Committee (HMAC) replaced the Health Working Party to be more representative of the industry sectors and better placed to provide advice on the coordination of the regulation of health issues in the NSW mining and extractives industry. Its role is to identify and monitor emerging health issues in the industry and propose collaborative approaches to addressing contemporary health issues and aid sites to develop and implement systematic health management plans.

Terms of reference

The NSW Mining and Extractives Industry Health Management Advisory Committee, in consultation with industry and unions, reports to MSAC on the identification, monitoring and evaluation of health issues in the NSW mining industry, development and coordination of collaborative approaches to health risk management and reporting on health issues to industry.

HMAC also acts as the MSAC subcommittee examing the prevention of of worker exposure to airborne contaminants such as respirable coal dust, respirable silica dust and diesel exhaust emions.

HMAC members

Convenor
Resources Regulator representative, NSW Department of Industry
Coal Services Health representative
Coal Services Technical Services representative
Safe Work NSW representative
Employer representative, NSW Minerals Council - Coal
Employer representative, NSW Minerals Council - Metals
Employer representative, Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia
Employee representative Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union
Employee representative Australian Workers Union
Dr Graeme Peel - Independent MSAC Member
Barbara McPhee - Independent MSAC member

Output - health benchmark and indicator reports

A report that examined 10 years of WorkCover claims for lag health indicators was produced for HMAC in 2011. The report examined data on three indicators: manual handling, falls from same level and noise-induced hearing loss and identifies statistically valid trends. In addition, a report on lead health indicators was also produced in 2011. The exercise was repeated in 2013. 

Output - musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) project

HMAC has also overseen work done by the MSD Project Steering Group and the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) project, which focused on the promotion of a good practice approach to the prevention and management of MSDs by educating and supporting industry on a participative ergonomics approach, for the management of hazardous activities related to the development of MSDs;

For further information on the MSD project, click here and/or click here.

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