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Appendix A – Coal Mine Safety Demonstration Project

Appendix A – Coal Mine Safety Demonstration Project

Another of Australia's key contributions to the APP Coal Mine Health and Safety projects will be via the Coal Mine Safety Demonstration project which is being pursued by Australia and China. This Project will showcase world best practice in terms of training and education in risk management, gas monitoring and emergency response systems, and will adopt leading practices and technologies to minimise mine deaths.

This demonstration project was initiated on a bilateral basis under the Australia-China Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on coal mine safety, which was signed by Australia and China on 3 April 2006.

An Australia-China Coal Mine Safety Steering Committee and a Joint Working Group were established under the MOU. The Australian Secretariat for the Steering Committee is provided by the Australian Government Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and China’s Secretariat is provided by the Chinese central government agency, the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS).

The Australian Government has committed $5 million to the demonstration project, focussing on education and training, and the development of risk management systems and emergency response procedures. The Xuandong coal mine, 150km from Beijing, was chosen as the project site. SAWS and the owner of the Xuandong mine are also making significant contributions to this project. Simtars has recently been appointed by the Australian Government to manage the joint project.

The project is to deliver the following outcomes:

Outcome 1 – Conduct field research

A team of Australian and Chinese experts have conducted a study of the coal mine in order to develop a detailed understanding of the coal mine including: coal mine particulars, such as geology, hydrology, seam gas and geotechnical aspects; management arrangements; environmental management practices at the mine; and historical safety statistics.

Outcome 2 – Conduct risk assessment

Australian and Chinese experts will undertake a risk assessment of the coal mine, focussing on the key hazards identified above.

Outcome 3 – Establish Xuandong coal mine safety management system

Using data from the field research and risk assessment, a safety management system for the coal mine will be developed, based on the OHSAS18001 management system standard.

Outcome 4 – Fully implement risk management

A risk management system for the coal mine will be implemented, based on the safety management system.

Outcome 5 – Training

Through a series of proposed training modules, the project will improve the overall safety awareness and techniques of employees of the coal mine.

Outcome 6 – Implementing technical cooperation

The project will draw upon advanced coal mine technologies to achieve breakthroughs in gas, fire and strata control.

Outcome 7 – Dissemination of project outcomes

Outcomes of the project, including into best practice on methane management, will be shared with the Australia-China MOU project team through a series of reports, as well as with APP Coal Mine Health and Safety members more broadly through visits to the mine site and dissemination of findings.

Outcome 8 – Secondment

A secondment of five engineers from the coal mine and one translator to visit Australian mines is proposed for mid 2009. This will help the engineers appreciate how Australian mines work, and therefore how they might apply the outcomes of the project’s risk assessment and safety management system at the coal mine.

Appendix A – Coal Mine Safety Demonstration Project

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