To improve coordination of health issues in the mining and extractives industries MSAC has endorsed a new guide to assist sites in developing a health management plan to address the contemporary and traditional health issues.
Traditionally, mining health issues have played second fiddle to safety issues when addressing the risks facing employees in the mining industry. While safety often presents the most immediate risk, the long-term health of employees is of no less importance.
The guide to the development and implementation of a health management plan aims to help the industry manage work, health and safety risks in the same systematic way they address safety risks. It will also help mines and quarries to better understand their existing legislative obligations in managing occupational health risks. Each section of the guide considers a specific aspect of the plan and provides an overview, information on the actions required, other desirable actions and a list of resources.
Guide to the development and implementation of a health management plan
Health management plan toolkit
Summary of priority health issues matrix
Focus on Health series –
Focus on atmospheric contaminants causing respiratory illness
Focus on atmospheric contaminants causing respiratory illness (delivery guide)
Focus on dermatitis
Focus on UV radiation
Focus on noise
Focus on noise (delivery guide)
The guide is supported by an education and assistance program overseen by MSAC and co-ordinated by the Mining Industry Assistance Unit in partnership with industry stakeholders.