John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Mines Safety Roadshow kicks off in Kalgoorlie

    9/10/2006 9:24 AM
     
    9/10/06

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler has reminded all employers, in particular those in the mining industry, not to overlook safety during the current period of unprecedented growth.

    Opening the second Mines Safety Roadshow in Kalgoorlie today, Mr Bowler said that with more than 55,000 people being employed in Western Australia at more than 200 operating mine sites, a focus on safety was of utmost importance.

    “These roadshows bring information into regional areas and provide easy access to information on safety issues and changes to safety laws, including an update of the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004,” he said.

    “This event offers the perfect opportunity for both employers and employees to network with others in the industry and get updated with the latest information, as well as the chance to meet with inspectors.”

    Resources Safety and WorkSafe staff and inspectors would participate in the roadshows in the Goldfields, South-West, Pilbara and Perth.

    Roadshow topics include aspects of the roles of Resources Safety inspectors and safety and health representatives, why reporting data is important and how it can be used in hazard identification, and reducing the risk of injury.

    Sessions will be dedicated to the working hours code of practice, including implications for the minerals industry and practical applications.

    During October, the Mines Safety Roadshow will visit Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Karratha, Tom Price, Newman and Perth.

    Further information on the tour can be obtained by telephoning Resources Safety on 9222 3438 or on the website at http://www.docep.wa.gov.au/ResourcesSafety

    Minister's office - 9222 9699