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Workplace health and safety is an ongoing focus for the coal mining industry.

The Trust has links with major research bodies in the coal industry.

Research and development continues to play an integral role in keeping workers safe and healthy as the industry adapts to ever-changing technology, work practices, health trends and environmental concerns.

The Coal Services Health & Safety Trust supports the Australian coal mining industry by funding projects and research that will have a positive effect on the health and safety of coal mine workers, operators and the wider mining community.

Focus of research

The Trust has links with major research bodies in the coal industry. In order to minimise duplication the Trust has taken into account areas where research already exists and as such, identified the need to shift the strategic focus.

Priority areas for the Trust are:

  • mental health
  • diesel particulates
  • fatigue
  • high pressure oil injection injuries
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • RSI prevention, treatment and management
  • vibration
  • dust
  • noise
  • human and organisational factors.

The Health and Safety Trust is more committed than ever to assisting the coal and associated industries improve their occupational health and safety. The Trust’s primary focus is to fund research which provides tangible outcomes with proven occupational impact.


As outlined within the Trust Deed, the Trust must have a minimum of three Trustees and a maximum of six Trustees. The chair of the Health and Safety Trust rotates every two years concurrent with the appointed term of the Coal Services Chairman.

The current Trustees are:
  • Grahame Kelly (Chairperson/CFMEU)
  • Bob Timbs (CFMEU)
  • Stephen Galilee (NSW Minerals Council)
  • Kylie Ah Wong (NSW Minerals Council)
  • Lucy Flemming (Managing Director/CEO, Coal Services)

The background and experience of the individual Trustees ensure that research that the Trust funds, projects and initiatives in which it becomes involved are relevant to the Australian Coal Industry. The Trust subcontracts the management of its projects to Coal Services.

Research Projects

Please select one of the options below for a list of Research Projects:

Current projects

Recently completed projects

Archived projects