Report: APP CMHS Project 4

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6.1.2. Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness requires personnel who are able and ready to respond to an emergency event and a common set of procedures to follow.

Training and competence is achieved at two levels – mine site based and industry wide. Industry wide emergency preparedness is provided through the various state Mines Rescue Services, who provide:

  • training in mines rescue protocols including recognised qualifications

  • training in emergency response and preparedness for mine officials

  • comprehensive training in the operation of inertisation equipment

  • the provision of highly trained mines rescue and emergency response personnel to liaise with and advise mine management in the event of an emergency situation.

Mine worker competence is achieved by conducting simulated emergencies on at least an annual basis, providing training and assessment in:

  • the Emergency Response/Preparedness system and procedures

  • escape apparatus

  • escape routes.

Emergency systems typically detail:

  • potential emergency situations

  • initial control actions for such situations

  • trigger levels and actions (Trigger Action Response Plans – TARPs) for particular conditions requiring intervention

  • summary action prompts in the form of Duty Cards for particular personnel (such as Incident Controller, etc.)

  • communication methods, contacts and protocols

  • dedicated escape routes and route marking

  • maintenance of escape routes, so that people can easily travel in zero visibility

  • training requirements for all personnel.

There is also a requirement to provide infrastructure that will reduce the impact of an emergency event or aid the provision of mitigation to the site. This may include: preparatory seals for isolating sections of the mine; piping and docking stations or coupling apparatus for connection of the inertisation equipment.

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