West Australia releases new guidelines for mine ventilation

22 August 2016 (Last Updated August 22nd, 2016 18:30)

The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has released a draft code of practice for ventilation at mining operations and is seeking public comments.

The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has released a draft code of practice for ventilation at mining operations and is seeking public comments.

Western Australia Mines safety director and state mining engineer Andrew Chaplyn said that it was the first proposed code of practice specific to ventilation for metalliferous mining operations in the state. 

Chaplyn said: "It is critical that mine workers are not exposed to the risks presented by hazardous atmospheres, whether caused by fire, extreme temperatures, explosions, gases, airborne contaminants or diesel emissions.

"It is critical that mine workers are not exposed to the risks presented by hazardous atmospheres."

"Access to breathable air is vital and safety controls should either prevent hazardous atmospheres or protect workers."

The latest code is aimed at providing standards to industry to enable them to protect mining workers from being exposed to dangerous atmospheres during operations.

Furthermore, the draft outlines hazards, roles and responsibilities, as well as planning and management of ventilation.

Chaplyn further added: "All mining operations must have a documented risk assessment for hazardous atmospheres and appropriate controls in place to manage risks."

The draft code for ventilation is available for public comment until 16 September this year.

Issued by Resources Safety under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994, the code of practice will assist those involved with the ventilation of mines in Western Australia to meet their legislative obligations for work health and safety under the act.