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Queensland Parliament sets up Resources Safety and Health Queensland

Coal News - Published on Fri, 20 Mar 2020

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The Queensland Parliament has passed legislation to set up an independent health and safety body for workers in the resources sector. The legislation, puts into action the Queensland government’s Resources Safety and Health Queensland Bill 2019 based on the recommendations of the Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis select committee. The new regulatory body, named Resources Safety and Health Queensland, will start work from July 1 and will regulate the safety and health of the state’s minerals, coal, petroleum and gas, quarry, small scale mining and explosives workers.

Queensland’s Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the new regulator would focus on enhancing safety of Queensland’s 70,000 resources workers. Lynham said “It will be totally separate from the government’s broader function of growing and facilitating mining and exploration projects and the resources sector as a whole.”

RSHQ’s main function will be to administer the resources safety acts, and to further their purposes. Its other functions will be to protect and regulate the safety and health of persons in the resources industry, monitor legislative compliance, and carry out incidental commercial activities.

RSHQ will comprise of almost 90 coal mines, mineral mines and quarries, explosives and petroleum and gas inspectorates. It will also include the Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station, a commercial business unit of the Queensland government department of natural resources, mines and energy.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 20 Mar 2020
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