August 4, 2022

Hopefully, everyone operating in the resources sector knows that the Western Australian Government’s new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws have now come into effect as of the 31st of March 2022. The law will improve protections for the state’s workers, including those in the mining and resources sector, and will recognise modern work relationships such as subcontractors and gig economy workers, and introduces the term ‘person conducting a business undertaking’. This means anyone who engages a WA worker has a duty to protect their health and safety.

‘Geotechnical structure instability’ is one of the matters that must be considered in developing control measures to manage the risks of geotechnical structure instability, outlined under Schedule 19 – Principal mining hazard management plans in the New WA Work Health & Safety Laws.

Schedule 19 Section 1 provides a comprehensive list and considers items such as how:

  • we understand and describe the natural setting (rockmass, stresses, hydrology, major structures)
  • mining is done (how the pits and waste dumps create the mining landscape we know)
  • rockmass response to void formation (slope stability excavation, control, mine seismicity)
  • the nature of rockmass response can be time-dependent
  • the waste products from mining are placed and disposed of, and
  • ultimately we monitor our geotechnical structures and how we respond when they don’t behave as forecasted.

MineGeoTech brings all these requirements together under The MGT Way.

Schedule 19 – Principal mining hazard management plans – matters to be considered 1. Geotechnical structure instability | WHS Law Regulations
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