IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Obtaining a copy of the Queensland Mining & Quarrying Act, Regulations, Guidelines and Standards

As a mining or quarry operator in Queensland, you must comply with mine safety and health legislation, including:

Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Regulation 2017; or

Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 and the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017.

Other laws may impact on safety and health for specific activities, including the Explosives Act 1999 and the Radiation Safety Act 1999.

The Annual compliance plan for Queensland mineral and energy resources (2016-2017) (PDF, 146KB) details engagement and compliance activities that we plan to undertake in relation to relevant mineral and energy resources legislation. The activities have been developed and will be continually reviewed and amended to reflect emerging risks and operational priorities.This guide explains provides an overview of the legislation, standards and guidelines that relate to health and safety requirements for mining and quarrying operations in Queensland. It also provides an overview of bodies and individuals, such as the Mines Inspectorate, Board of Examiners and Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health, who work to ensure compliance of mining health and safety.

Queensland Recognised Standards, Guidelines and Guidance Notes

The following recognised standards, guidelines and guidance notes relate to mining and quarrying activities in Queensland.

Recognised Standards (Coal Mines)

Section 72(1) of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 specifies that the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy may make recognised standards. Standards state ways of achieving an acceptable level of risk for people working in coal mines. Operators can manage the risk in a different way, but must be able to show that the method used is at least equivalent to the method in the recognised standard.

RS1: Underground electrical equipment and electrical installations (PDF, 192.9KB)

RS2: Control of risk management practices (PDF, 500.4KB)

RS3: Explosion protection of diesel engines (PDF, 183.1KB)

RS4: Underground non-flameproof diesel vehicles (PDF, 460.7KB)

RS5: Quality of incombustible dust, sampling and analysis of roadway dust in underground coal mines (PDF, 530.6KB)

RS6: Inspections for underground coal mines (PDF, 491.2KB)

RS7: Criteria for the assessment of drugs in coal mines (PDF, 519.4KB)

RS8: Conduct of mine emergency exercises (PDF, 644.4KB)

RS9: Monitoring of sealed areas (PDF, 502.8KB)

RS10: Mine surveying and drafting (PDF, 595.8KB)

RS11: Training in coal mines (PDF, 603.4KB)

RS12: Place change mining operations in underground coal mines (PDF, 748.1KB)

RS13: Tyre, wheel and rim management (PDF, 1.7MB)

RS14: Monitoring respirable dust in coal mines (PDF, 615.6KB)

RS15: Underground respirable dust control (PDF, 2.3MB)

RS16: Use and control of polymeric chemicals at underground coal mines (PDF, 334.9KB)

RS17: Hazardous chemicals (PDF, 2.7MB)

RS18: Management of heat in underground coal mines (PDF, 492.8KB)

RS19: Design and construction of mine roads (PDF, 926.1KB)

RS20: Dust control in surface mines (PDF, 2.3MB)

Guidelines (Mineral Mines and Quarries)

Section 63(1) of the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 specifies that the Minister may make guidelines. Guidelines provide ways of achieving an acceptable standard of risk for people working in mineral mines and quarries. Operators can manage the risk in a different way, but must be able to show that the method used is at least equivalent to the method in the guideline.

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material in Metalliferous Mines

QGL01: Guideline for management of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) in metalliferous mines, Version 1 July 2014 (PDF, 562KB)

Respirable Crystalline Silica in Mineral Mines and Quarries

QGL02: Guideline for management of respirable crystalline silica in Queensland mineral mines and quarries, Version 2 May 2018 (PDF, 498KB)

Supporting documents for QGL02:

Health surveillance forms as per Appendix 8:

Available occupational hygiene consultancies:

Sampling data submissions template and guides:

Guidance for hazardous chemical

Guidance Notes

Guidance notes are issued to help operators meet their safety and health obligations.

Mineral Mines and Quarries

QGN: Mineral exploration safety guidance note (PDF, 1.5MB)

QGN02: Isolation of plant (PDF, 808.4KB)

QGN05: Mine record (PDF, 448.6KB)

QGN06: Reporting serious accidents (PDF, 293.7KB)

QGN08: Safety at tourist mines (PDF, 552.7KB)

QGN09: Reviewing the effectiveness of safety and health management systems (PDF, 608.6KB)

QGN10: Handling explosives (surface and quarry) (PDF, 1.2MB)

QGN11: Handling explosives (underground) (PDF, 746.0KB)

QGN13: Safe work near drawpoints in underground metalliferous mines (PDF, 526.7KB)

QGN14: Effective safety and health supervision (PDF, 1.0MB)

QGN15: Emergency preparedness for small mines and quarries (PDF, 723.4KB)

QGN16: Fatigue risk management (PDF, 2.1MB)

QGN17: Development of effective job safety analysis (PDF, 1.8MB)

QGN18: Tipping near or over vertical edges in underground mining operations (PDF, 650.5KB)

QGN19: Mine surveying and drafting (PDF, 630.1KB)

QGN20: Management of oxides of nitrogen in open cut blasting (PDF, 2.5MB)

QGN21: Management of diesel engine exhaust in metalliferous mines (PDF, 606.6KB)

QGN22: Management of noise in mines (PDF, 1.5MB)

QGN23: Facility descriptions for metalliferous mines and quarries (PDF, 592.7KB)

QGN25: Site Safety and Health Representatives and Site Safety and Health Committees (PDF, 191.2KB)

QGN26: Electric propulsion systems used in self-powered earth moving machinery (PDF, 266.3KB)

QGN27: Collision prevention (PDF, 1001.7KB)

QGN28: Fall prevention (PDF, 617.6KB)

QGN29: Surface tailing storage facility management (PDF, 703.1KB)

QGN30: Shaft construction metalliferous mines

QGN31: Tyre, wheel & rim management (PDF, 715.8KB)

Coal Mines

QGN07: Reporting Serious Accidents and High Potential Incidents to an Inspector of Mines or an Industry Safety and Health Representative (PDF, 643.5KB)

QGN09: Reviewing the effectiveness of safety and health management systems (PDF, 608.6KB)

QGN10: Handling explosives (surface and quarry) (PDF, 1.2MB)

QGN11: Handling explosives (underground) (PDF, 746.0KB)

QGN15: Emergency preparedness for small mines and quarries (PDF, 723.4KB)

QGN16: Fatigue risk management (PDF, 2.1MB)

QGN20: Management of oxides of nitrogen in open cut blasting (PDF, 2.5MB)

QGN22: Management of noise in mines (PDF, 1.5MB)

Appendix 3 Prevention poster (PDF, 1.4MB)

Appendix 4 Protect your hearing at work and home poster (PDF, 1.1MB)

Appendix 5 Protect your hearing at home poster (PDF, 2.9MB)

QGN24: Guidance for coal mines to develop and implement a management structure (PDF, 292.2KB)

QGN26: Electric propulsion systems used in self-powered earth moving machinery (PDF, 266.3KB)