Publications and videos


SafeGuard is a safety and health management system and audit tool for the Queensland mining and quarrying industries. SafeGuard will help assess your operation's safety and health management system, measure its performance and ensure continuous improvement.

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Lightning protection audit tool for mines

This tool is designed to help you assess how well your operation is protected from lightning-related hazards.

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Exposure limit adjustments

This document provides information on models to adjust exposure standards for non-standard working hours.

Tyre safety

The following video is a simulation of a fatal accident that took place at Century Mine on 9 February 2004.

Job safety analysis video

The following video should be used in conjunction with guidance note QGN17: Development of effective job safety analysis (PDF, 1.1MB).

Open Cut Examiner Seminar 2015

The following presentations were among those given by the Mines Inspectorate at 8 Open Cut Examiner (OCE) seminars attended by over 320 people:

  1. Open Cut Examiner Seminar 2015 (PDF, 1.4MB)
  2. Roles and responsibilities of an OCE (PDF, 645KB)
  3. Emergency management (PDF, 729KB)
  4. Explosives Inspectorate presentation (PDF, 2.7MB)
  5. Geotechnical management (PDF, 2.8MB)
  6. Highwall failure and misfire (PDF, 712KB)
  7. Major pit wall failure (PDF, 2MB)
  8. Maintaining frictional resistance on mine road surfaces (PDF, 1.5MB)
  9. Specification for design and construction of mine roads (PDF, 1.2MB)
  10. OCE statutory shift reports (PDF, 2.1MB)
  11. Accident investigation (PDF, 623KB)
  12. Light vehicle heavy vehicle controls (PDF, 1.3MB)
  13. Mines Inspectorate website (PDF, 1MB)

Resources Safety and Health Industry Briefing November 2018

The following presentations were given by Resources Safety and Health at the industry briefing attended by 150 people:

  1. Welcome to the Industry briefing 2018 - Mark Stone (PDF, 340KB)
  2. Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate Update - Bill Date (PDF, 868KB)
  3. Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health - Kate du Preez (PDF, 813KB)
  4. Coal Inspectorate Update - Luca Rocchi (PDF, 659KB)
  5. Occupational Health and Hygiene Update - Heidi Roberts (PDF, 913KB)
  6. Mineral Mines and Quarries Inspectorate Update - Luca Rocchi (PDF, 721KB)
  7. Explosives Inspectorate Update - Alex Mandl (PDF, 1.75MB)

Diesel emission management in underground coal mines

During 2018 the mines inspectorate completed a series of structured inspections focusing on diesel emissions management at all 10 operational underground coal mines. Findings and opportunities for improvement are included in this document.

Methane management in underground coal mines: Best practice and recommendations

As Queensland underground coal mines have become deeper and longwall production rates have increased, the quantity of methane (CH4) produced by longwall operations has also increased.

The Mines Inspectorate recently completed a series of compliance audits and requested methane gas monitoring data from eight longwall mines so that a detailed analysis could be undertaken. The audits revealed that all mines' gas monitoring systems complied with the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 but a review of gas data indicated that some mines were not reporting all incidents over 2.5% methane. Modelling of the mines' ventilation and methane emissions has shown that in some cases explosive mixtures of methane could have been present in the atmosphere flowing into the longwall tailgate.

The Mines Inspectorate expects all underground coal mines to have effective gas monitoring systems with suitably placed methane detectors to prevent explosive accumulations of methane in areas where it could be ignited. Best practices and recommendations to achieve this are outlined in the attached document for mine operations to consider.

At the time of writing this report, the Mines Inspectorate is also developing draft amendments to the regulation to prescribe minimum methane monitoring requirements, at all relevant locations in an underground coal mine.