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01 Mar 2017 – Health and Safety Trust invites applications for innovations in mining

Workplace health and safety is an on-going concern for the coal mining industry. With ever changing technology, work practices, health trends and environmental concerns, research and development continues to play an integral role in keeping our workers safe and healthy.

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

The Trust is now inviting ‘expressions of interest’ for grants to fund initiatives designed to improve the health and wellbeing of coal mine workers. Researchers, mine owners/operators, industry workers and suppliers are encouraged to apply.

Priority areas for the Trust are:

  • Mental health
  • Fatigue
  • Diesel particulates
  • High pressure oil injection injuries
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • RSI prevention, treatment and management
  • Vibration
  • Dust
  • Noise
  • Human and Organisational Factors

Recently completed projects funded by the Trust include:

  • Partners in Mining – supporting depression in mining
  • Evaluating virtual reality training on rescue brigades competency
  • Assessing whole-body vibration
  • Periodic musculoskeletal screen to identify risk trends
  • Respiratory protection (are our standards protecting worker health or providing a false sense of security?)
  • Zero harm positive safety culture by applying mindfulness based high-performance, thinking strategies

Current projects in progress:

  • Improving footwear for underground miners
  • Development of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – Mines Rescue
  • Establishing a bone fide physical assessment and performance standard for Mines

Rescue personnel in NSW

  • Diesel-free environment for underground coal mines
  • Managing whole-body vibration associated with underground coal mining
  • Mates in Mining
  • Task rotation in an underground coal mines
  • Identifying high risk of RCS exposure in Open Cut Mines

    Please visit www.hstrust.com.au for further information or to download an ‘expression
    of interest’ form.

    Expressions of interest close on Wednesday 12 April 2017.
    Please visit www.hstrust.com.au for details.