NSW: compliance blitz conducted across mine sites

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Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 - 14:45
Policy & legislation
New South Wales

The NSW Resources Regulator recently conducted a state-wide high-visibility compliance blitz targeting more than 100 mine sites.

Chief Compliance Officer Anthony Keon said around 85 safety and compliance inspectors conducted unannounced inspections at coal, metalliferous and quarrying operations across the state.

“Annual compliance blitzes are an integral part of the Resources Regulator’s strategy to ensure compliance with work, health and safety laws and the Mining Act by miners operating in NSW,” Keon said.

“Inspectors will be targeting site safety systems and will have a particular focus on the effectiveness of supervisors in ensuring compliance with safety regulations among workers.

“Inspectors will also be assessing mine rehabilitation required under the Mining Act.

“We want the community to be confident NSW has a safe and responsible mining industry and compliance operations such as this show how we’re achieving this.

“They also serve as a strong reminder that operators must remain vigilant and should constantly review their operations to ensure their obligations to workers and the community are met.”

Inspections were held at sites across NSW from 17 to 21 June and the Regulator will release the results of the compliance operation in early July.