Recent amendments to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2001 are largely in response to the recent re-emergence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in the Queensland coal industry.
These new reforms will commence on 1 January to detect and prevent all forms of coal mine dust lung disease and ensure protection of Queensland coal miners.
The amendments include:
- prescribe coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP) and other certain occupational diseases notifiable under Queensland’s coal mining and
mining and quarrying safety and health laws;
- broaden and clarify coal mine worker health assessment requirements;
- implement and specify frequent respiratory health screening and chest X-ray examinations for above and underground coal mine workers.
- introduce voluntary respiratory and chest x-ray examinations for retiring coal mine workers; and
- strengthen respirable dust management requirements
Find out more about the amendments to the regulation on the Queensland Government Business and Industry Portal.