Southern Cross Safety – February 2007

The effective management of risk is a key issue for all Australian mines. The recent trend towards performance based occupational health and safety legislation and standards has required mines to develop risk management programs and processes that identify, assess and control workplace hazards.

Poor risk management processes can cause fatalities, serious injuries and illness and yet in the Australian (and indeed the world) context while there is much information available regarding generic risk management techniques and practices, there is a significant gap in guidance material available for the management of risk and risk communications within Australian coal mines. It is also of note that what material is available is difficult to access, is fragmented and scattered.