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April 2018 – Health & Safety Trust invites expressions of interest

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 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 and their workplace. Researchers, mine owners/operators, industry workers and suppliers are encouraged to apply.

Priority areas for the Trust are:

Health:

  • Obesity
  • Occupational hazard exposure (dust, whole body vibration, noise, quartz and diesel
    particles with real time monitoring)
  • Fatigue
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injury
  • Drugs and alcohol – detection and prevalence research
  • High pressure oil injection injuries
  • Mental health

Safety:

  • Critical Risk Management
  • The use of technology to mitigate risk
  • Risk-taking behaviours/personal profiling for individual risk management
  • Task-based risk management tools
  • Human and organisational factors
  • Improving the effectiveness of safety communications methods
  • Equipment improvement underground

Injury Prevention and Management:

  • The value of recovery at work
  • Managing pain without opioids
  • The value of surgical interventions on recovery and return to work