Thursday, February 1, 2024


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New Training To Improve Safety In Resources Sector

Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) has developed a new training course that aims to share the lessons from historic disasters, to improve safety and health outcomes in mines and quarries.

Learning from Disasters has been created by Simtars, the testing, training and research division of RSHQ, and focuses on failure patterns and trends in disaster scenarios.

The course is a mandatory requirement under the Board of Examiners* for statutory ticket holders at Queensland mines and quarries, however it can also benefit emerging leaders and those in supervisory positions who want to contribute towards building a safer workplace.

RSHQ's Executive Director of Simtars Kerri Melkersson said the new training course will be part of a broader initiative towards zero harm for the resources industry. 

"In the past, disaster training has focussed heavily on coal mines but not every worker in the resources sector can relate to that," said Mrs Melkersson.

"That's why we've looked not just at coal, but the metalliferous and quarrying sectors and other industries, to examine common failure patterns and trends across a diverse range of disaster scenarios.

"The great thing about Learning from Disasters is that it can be customised to suit a particular type of mining or quarrying.

"Learners will examine common patterns and trends in diverse disaster scenarios, enabling them to proactively assess potential risks within their own organisations.”

Learning from Disasters delivers flexibility to the participant, commencing with an online course to help identify the early warning signs and failures that led to real-life disasters. 

Upon completion of the eLearning modules, participants attend a practical 1-day workshop delivered by an RSHQ-approved provider, to cement learnings.

The course incorporates recommendations and learnings from the 2019 Brady Review, including what it takes to become a high reliability organisation (HRO).

Learning from Disasters is another example of RSHQ constantly working towards the goal of zero serious harm across Queensland's resources industry. 

RSHQ's Executive Director of Simtars Kerri Melkersson. Photo source: RSHQ (website)

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