Mining plays a huge role in contributing to the Australian economy and keeping Australia ‘on track’ when it comes to generating revenue.
With Australia’s high labour costs, world class safety regulations and distinctive geology, the importance placed on safety and mining research by governments and business, results in a highly efficient, safe and advanced mining industry.
The fact is that mines simply must be safe and efficient, if Australia is to continue to thrive in this industry.
At R2A, we work with Mine Managers to develop user friendly risk registers using threat barrier diagrams as well as develop safety case arguments to ensure all reasonable practicable precautions are taken to minimise risks including
- Unstable ground including seismicity
- Fire / explosion
- Bad air / atmosphere
- Large mobile equipment
The presence of risk can also significantly affect the overall availability of a mine. We have developed an availability profiling technique that addresses issues from a strategic viewpoint. We determine the actual effective availability in the context of all credible critical issues and system characteristics. This process is particularly useful when acquiring or disposing of an asset.
Our director, Richard Robinson was a member of the Independent Blasting Audit Team for the Department of Minerals & Energy WA (Western Mining Corporations Nickel & Gold), 1999.
Project Overview // Credible Safety Issues Risk Register Review
According to NSW Mine Regulations, it is a statutory requirement for mining organisations to have a risk register. This risk register must include 10 prescribed hazards. Mining company, Perilya had an extensive existing hazard risk register, however due to its size and complexity, it is practically difficult to use.
To address this issue, R2A applied an alternate approach to make Perilya’s safety register useful. We achieved this by identifying the credible critical safety issues and the current precautions in place to mitigate such risks. This was then used to ensure current precautions were appropriate and to test if further precautions were required. This process demonstrated due diligence by confirming that all sensible practicable precautions were in place, based on the balance of the significance of the risk versus the effort required to reduce it.
Perilya Broken Hill commissioned R2A to help us better understand workplace hazards and critical control points. R2A in a short period of time understood the complex challenges of underground remnant mining which enabled the R2A team to successfully facilitate a series of stakeholder workshops. As a result, we were better able to engage the whole organisation in the analysis of workplace hazards and now have a more thorough understanding of critical controls. The overall experience of working with R2A was very positive and we have had no hesitation in engaging their services for ongoing project work and advice.Peter Lean, Manager Safety & Training, Perilya