Where’s your head at?
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Chairman of the Resource Industry Network’s (RIN) Health and Safety Committee Mick Crowe says safety strategies in mining have to address the mental as well as physical aspects of the work environment to be successful.
“It’s more than just the physical environment,” he told Shift Miner.
“We need to link the physical aspects of safety with the mental because for safety strategies to be successful, you need to get into the hearts and minds of people.
“Doing that is difficult if you don’t look at all the aspects that can influence that.”
Mr Crowe made the comments in the lead-up to next week's RIN Safety Conference in Mackay.
The event is a regular feature of RIN’s annual event calendar, reflecting the fact that despite the enormous cost pressures in mining, safety remains the number one benchmark of performance.
Not surprisingly, the event will focus on some headline safety issues in mining this year, like Black Lung, fatigue and drugs.
However, it will also include the perennial discussions about how to get your workforce to change their thinking about safety.
Among the scheduled speakers are Gus Worland from Triple M & Paul Spinks from Advance Care Paramedic, talking about male suicide, and David Farlow speaking on Black Lung.
Coal Division Vice President at Orica Jason Economidis, will share his thoughts on how to successfully engage with your workforce.
The safety conference comes at another turning point in the mining cycle, with a consensus view now that the low point is behind us, with most miners moving to a sustainably profitable footing.
However, Mr Crowe says the change can’t be a distraction from the importance of safety.
“Yes there are some small things happening, certainly there are more discussions about productivity and growth,” he said.
“However whenever you have change, it's important to remind people that at the end of the day it is all about people.
"We need to make change a catalyst for safety, not a distraction.
“When you are hiring people, maybe some of the experience that used to be around has been lost during the downturn, and you have to adjust for that.
“I think the range of topics and speakers we have lined up will provide the inspiration, skills, knowledge and experience to help other manage those issues.”
The safety conference will be held on the 24th March. For more details click here
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