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‘Obesity and NSW Coal Mining’

Expected Results:

This research will provide evidence of the extent of the problem of overweight and obesity within the NSW coal mining industry. It will provide information on the current situation with regards to the management of overweight and obesity within the NSW Coal Mining industry at a site level, with an understanding of what weight management initiatives have been trialled, how these have been received by employees, how they have been evaluated and measured and what outcomes have been achieved at a site level.

This research will provide valuable information about the challenges and benefits of current weight management initiatives within the NSW Coal Mining industry. This will inform implementation of appropriate programs, with a shift from an ad hoc site by site approach to engagement of key stakeholders in developing a coordinated, comprehensive, industry wide approach to the management of overweight and obesity in the future.

Ref Number
20648
Associated Professor Carole James, University of Newcastle
Start date
Date Completed
21 February 2019

‘Development of Automated Diagnostic Tools for Pneumoconiosis Detection from Chest X-Ray Radiographs’

Expected Results:

The expected results of the proposed project include a prognostic software package which can be used for the automatic mass diagnostic screening of chest X-ray radiographs to detect, evaluate and monitor pneumoconiosis. Given the black lung can continue to progress after coal dust exposure ceases and severe symptoms can emerge up to 15 years later, early detection and tracking the progress of pneumoconiosis are important for taking measures and precautions, and treating the complications caused by the disease. It is expected that the results produced from the proposed software package will be comparable to experienced radiologists, thus potentially hastening vital diagnosis and treatment capabilities.

Ref Number
20647
Dadong Wang, CSIRO
Start date
Date Completed
17 June 2019

‘Managing whole-body vibration associated with underground coal mining equipment’

Expected Results:

By the end of the project we expect to:

  • Develop and evaluate iOS and server software which will allow continuous monitoring and analysis of earth‐moving equipment operator vibration exposures; and.
  • Utilise this information to obtain an enhanced understanding of the sources of elevated whole-body vibration and impact loads associated with haul truck and dozer operations at surface coal mines. The iOS and server software will be made freely available for download.
Ref Number
20643
Robin Burgess Limerick, University of Queensland
Start date
Date Completed
17 April 2019

‘Identifying areas and occupations in surface mining that are at high risk of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure and using the findings to develop an evidence based health surveillance guideline for the Australian coal industry’

Identifying areas and occupations in surface mining that are at high risk of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure and using the findings to develop an evidence based health surveillance guideline for the Australian coal industry
Expected Results:

To be able to quantify, through a targeted monitoring program, the levels of exposure to respirable dust and RCS that surface mineworkers could potentially be exposed to when conducting tasks already known to offer a higher risk profile. A very small percentage of annual statutory monitoring captures these activities and this targeted program will address this identified gap in our data and understanding. By partnering with CSH during this program, an enhanced and focused health surveillance system will result.

Ref Number
20642
Mark Shepherd, Coal Services CMTS
Start date
02 December 2016

Date Completed
31 July 2018

‘Respiratory Protection: Do PAPRs adequately protect workers against DPM?’

Expected Results:

The research will determine whether currently utilised powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) effectively filter out Diesel Particulate Matter and provide worker protection; by challenging PAPR filters used in mining workplaces with DPM; and by measuring the EC and the sizes of particles that are penetrating the filters to determine whether that poses an additional health risk for workers.

Ref Number
20641
Jane Whitelaw, University of Wollongong
Start date
02 December 2016

Date Completed
17 February 2019

‘Establishing a bona fide physical assessment and performance standard for Mines Rescue Personnel in NSW’

Expected Results:

This investigation will:

  • Quantify the actual physical and physiological demands for mines rescue activities.
  • Develop an assessment protocol and performance characteristics necessary for the performance of essential mines rescue scenarios.
  • Develop an assessment protocol and performance standard to identify those individuals that have the physical attributes necessary to meet the minimum requirements to perform coal mines rescue activities.
  • Create a formal report of the processes utilised to develop the recommended assessment tool and minimum performance standard. A clear linkage between the physical demands of mines rescue, the proposed assessment protocol and performance standard will be evident within the report. This documentation will assist in the legal defensibility of the adopted assessment and performance standard within Coal Services.
Ref Number
20635
Herbert Groeller, University of Wollongong
Start date
17 November 2015

Date Completed
31 December 2017