Publications and videos

Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI) updates

The QMI regularly publishes updates about developments affecting the industry in Queensland.

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Resources Safety and Health industry leaders' annual briefings

Each year Resources Safety and Health Queensland holds a briefing for industry leaders—highlighting important information to the petroleum, mining, quarrying and explosives industries. These briefings are presented by each inspectorate, the Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health, and expert guest speakers in the field of health and safety.

Topics include important safety and health trends, projects completed, underway and planned regulatory objectives for the year ahead. The presentations are published below for industry use to support improved safety and health outcomes.

Safety tools and guides

The Opal and gem miner's handbook (PDF, 7.5MB) provides advice to help opal and gem miners lower the risk of injuries.

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.

For more information read:

  1. SafeGuard handbook (PDF, 396KB)
  2. SafeGuard chart (PDF, 113KB).

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

For more information read:

  1. Lightning protection audit tool for mines (DOC, 128KB).

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

  1. Adjustment of occupational exposure limits for unusual work schedules (PDF, 205KB)

Education seminars and audit reports

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI) periodically conduct training seminars and proactive inspections and audits to identify areas for improvement and make recommendations to industry to implement. These presentations and reports are provided below.

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:

  1. Diesel Emission Management in Underground Coal Mines (PDF, 991KB)

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 8 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.

  1. Methane management in underground coal mines: Best practice and recommendations (PDF, 1MB)

Safety videos

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

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