Health, safety and sustainability

Cliff, D. and Bailey, K. (2012). Health, safety and sustainability. In: Proceedings International Mine Management 2012. International Mine Management 2012 Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (53-58). 20-21 November 2012.

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Author Cliff, D.
Bailey, K.
Title of paper Health, safety and sustainability
Conference name International Mine Management 2012 Conference
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 20-21 November 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings International Mine Management 2012
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522758
Start page 53
End page 58
Total pages 6
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Traditionally occupational health and safety (OH&S) has been managed for the direct benefits of reducing injury and illness to workers on mine sites. In the current skill shortage climate it is important to recognise the value that OH&S management can have in assisting mines in minimising their exposure to this issue. In times of skills shortage turnover is high as mines poach personnel from each other. This leads to loss of corporate knowledge and loss in productivity through the need to train new personnel in mine-specific operating procedures. In addition absenteeism can significantly disrupt production as there may be no ready replacements available for key jobs. Pressure will be placed upon workers to remain at work even though they are not completely fit for work, leading to presenteeism and consequently loss in productivity. In addition to the threats to routine operation, the loss of management and professional staff can significantly increase catastrophic risk through loss of experience and corporate knowledge. There is increased pressure to focus on events that occur regularly in the here and the now and underestimate the rare, or unlikely, events.

The theme of this paper is that by properly addressing OH&S management at mine sites, companies can minimise their exposure to these problems. Put simplistically, a safe and healthy mine is a sustainable and productive mine. Case studies and relevant literature will be used to support this premise.
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Created: Wed, 12 Dec 2012, 10:03:57 EST by David Cliff on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre