A guideline addressing the hazards associated with the use of cyanide was released today by Mines Minister Gordon Hill.
Mr Hill said that the 20-page booklet titled 'Cyanide Management' had been produced due to the extensive use of cyanide in the Western Australian mining industry, especially with the metallurgical recovery of gold and silver.
"The document is written for mining safety people, but the message is intended for all users of cyanide in the mining industry," Mr Hill said.
"The booklet explains the various aspects of cyanide use such as safety, storage, first aid, legislation, occupational health and sampling."
Mr Hill said that over 50,000 tonnes of cyanide was used each year in the State's carbon-in-pulp/carbon-in-leach gold processing plants. This was half that used as recently as 1988, as significant improvements had been made to gold processing techniques.
He said that in association with the booklet, a series of educational seminars were planned, the first scheduled for Thursday, October 29, at the Western Mining conference centre, WA School of Mines, in Kalgoorlie.
Similar seminars in other gold production areas of the State such as the Murchison and South-West are also planned.
Copies of the booklet, which was produced by the Mining Engineering Division of the Department of Minerals and Energy, can be obtained free of charge at the seminars, or by contacting Mike Rowe on telephone 222 3050 or Trevor Robinson on 222 3543.