Mine safety conference confirms industry’s commitment to best practice

23 August 2023

Click here for photo of QMIHSC Chair Larnie Mackay.

Four days of intensive discussions about the need to continually improve safety across Queensland’s resources sector wind up on the Gold Coast today.

Over 1100 delegates have attended the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference (QMIHSC), the biggest annual event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

Keynote speakers from mining and other industries have shared their knowledge and experience with different initiatives and technologies dedicated to improving the physical and mental health of all workers.

QMIHSC Chair Larnie Mackay said delegates will have plenty of new safety information to take back to their workplaces across Queensland.

“The conference has again confirmed our industry’s commitment to safety being our number one priority and to ensure we have the systems and tools in place to protect every employee,” Ms Mackay said.

“Speakers have covered every aspect of safety on mine sites from training, operational systems, communication and workplace culture and emphasised the importance of remaining vigilant to keep improving what we do.

“Importantly, some of the sessions included feedback from workers at the coalface of our safety procedures and what they believe can be done to ensure best practice.

“That included workers with industry experience ranging from three months to forty years because when it comes to safety, every voice matters,” Ms Mackay said.

The QMIHSC Exhibition Hall drew crowds every day with its displays showcasing the latest technology in mine safety equipment.

“Every year we’re seeing new developments in safety equipment as companies continue to make big investments in this critically important area,” Ms Mackay said.

“It’s great to see resources companies sharing information on new technologies and initiatives that are contributing to better safety outcomes across the entire mining industry.

“We know delegates will take this information back to mine sites and teams around Queensland so all workers will benefit from our industry’s ongoing focus on making workplaces as safe as they can possibly be.”