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The Management of Occupational Health and Safety in the Australian Mining Industry

Mining Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation in Australia is generally viewed
as being the most progressive in the world. The legislation is based upon duty of care, risk
management principles and workforce representation, with the primary responsibility for
the provision of a safe work place residing with the operator of the mine site. Government
inspectors act as both enforcers of regulations and mentors who encourage good health
and safety performance. Enforcement protocols are generally risk-based, with action being
defined by both the level and immediacy of the risk.

This paper, published by the International Mining for Development Centre, provides an overview of the evolution of OHS theory and practice, and describes how these have been applied in the context of the Australian minerals industry.

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The Management of Occupational Health and Safety in the Australian Mining Industry.

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