Report: APP CMHS Project 4

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2.1.3. Established Standards

As with other countries, legislation is in place to regulate the underground mining industry. There is a tendency for all industries, including mining, to move toward mainstream occupational health and safety legislation. However, underground coal mining is, in general, still controlled by state level legislation specific to the industry, though in some states it is subordinate to general occupational health and safety legislation.

As legislation moves away from specific process content to that of general risk management principles, standards have been developed to aid management in developing their own specific management systems. Hazard identification and risk management techniques used at mines are based on Australian Standard 4360:2004. There other standards that are also referred to in establishing control of hazards at a mine, but may not be specifically required. These are: AS 4804:2001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems; OHSAS 18000 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Scheme; ISO 9000 series dealing with Quality Management and ISO14000 series addressing Environmental Management (Table 2).

Table 2 Websites of established standards

Reference documents


International standards

ISO 31000 -

ISO 9000, 14000 –

OHSAS 18000 –

Australian Standards

AS 4360 –

Handbook for AS 4360 -

Mine Design Guidelines

MDG 1010 – Risk Management Handbook

Recognised standards

Recognised standard 02 – Control of Risk Management Practices

National Minerals Industry Risk Assessment Guideline

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