The WHS laws contain a number of general consultation requirements which are relevant to mine operators in the context of developing, implementing and reviewing their Safety Management System. There are also specific consultation requirements in relation to identifying principal mining hazards.
As well as consulting about the development of a Safety Management System and principal mining hazard management plans, workers should also be consulted on:
- preparing, testing and reviewing the emergency plan for the mine
- developing and implementing strategies to protect persons at the mine from any risk involving alcohol, drugs or worker fatigue
- implementing the workers’ safety role.
The workers’ safety role will be to participate in risk assessments to identify any principal mining hazard and assist in selecting controls for them.
Mine operators must also consult with other duty holders who may be operating at the mines including contractors (for more information see Chapter 7).
The Code of Practice – Work Health and Safety Consultation, Cooperation and Coordination also provides useful practical guidance about how to consult effectively for the purposes of work health and safety requirements.