Confined spaces > Regulations

Cirlock Ratchet Strap Column/Skirt Confined Space Cover

01 November, 2018

Cirlock provides a range of confined space covers which are specifically designed to be rapidly fitted to a range of confined space entry points including vessels, tower skirts and columns.

Mine safety amendments take effect

03 May, 2018

Amendments to mine and petroleum site safety regulations have now come into effect.

Getting confined spaces back into harmony

14 December, 2017 by Gordon Cadzow, Secretary, Working at Height Association (WAHA)

The model code of practice for working in confined spaces is far from being national; therefore, companies need to be aware of the differences that exist across various jurisdictions.

Self-driving truck tested by Volvo in underground mine

12 September, 2016

A video has been released of Volvo's self-driving truck undergoing testing in an underground mine for the first time.

Sitting all day may be worse for your health than you think

22 March, 2016

Sitting for a good part of your day? Maybe you exercise before or after work? New research shows this may not be enough.

Underground bolting rig injuries prompt mine safety investigation

17 March, 2016

Almost 100 injuries have been recorded since 2009 due to roof bolting in underground mines. A report authorised by NSW Mine Safety on this safety issue is now available.

Pronal SMARTSHORE shoring system

12 February, 2016

The Pronal SMARTSHORE is an inflatable shoring system designed for use during trenching or excavation works to provide safety to workers from possible burial from trench cave-ins.

Confined space can be a death trap in the waiting

01 February, 2016 by Capital Safety Group (Australia)

Not all employers and operators understand what constitutes a 'confined space', nor the dangers associated with working in such environments. The following article has been written to provide an overview of confined space operations in layman's terms and should not be seen as a substitute for taking correct professional advice — nor for certificated training.

Minimising the risk of fire in confined spaces

01 June, 2015 by John Lynch, General Manager, Business Support Services, Wormald

Confined spaces are some of the most dangerous environments to work in. The risk of entrapment coupled with lack of oxygen, potential exposure to hazardous material or poisonous gases can often make undertaking a rescue challenging.

Fall protection and confined space - what you need to know

28 January, 2014

This paper outlines what you need to know about confined working spaces and the equipment needed to help with potential risk scenarios.

Dust: an explosive risk

19 July, 2013

To many, dust can seem harmless but Graeme Cooper, Managing Director of Tecpro Australia (the company recently won the 2012 Australian Bulk Handling Review Award for Dust Control, Technology, Application or Practice in partnership with the University of Wollongong), comments on the reason why mitigating the risk of dust explosion is so important.

Confined space entry - a few words from a wise supervisor

17 June, 2013 by Mike Platek*

Globally, there are a wide range of laws concerning work in confined spaces with generally the same intent, which is to protect workers when they enter such spaces. They lay out training guidelines and entry procedures and, in most cases, explain the hazards associated with entry. Where the information falls short is the experiences of the people that actually enter the spaces to do the work and the supervisors that oversee it. On-the-job training is a valuable asset that needs to be shared more often.

RIS Syncron construction and mining workplace safety compliance audit service

28 August, 2012

Height and confined space workplace safety provider RIS has launched a ‘one-stop shop’ construction and mining workplace safety compliance audit service, called Syncron, which will indemnify individual construction companies and mine operators against prosecution for noncompliance irregularities emanating as part of its service offering.

Respiratory protection against exposure to diesel particulate

01 August, 2012

On 12 June 2012, the International Agency for Research for Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO), changed its classification of diesel exhaust from Class 2A (probably carcinogenic to humans) to Class 1 (carcinogenic to humans).

Inadequate security involving explosives at mine sites

30 April, 2012

The Department of Mines and Petroleum, Government of Western Australia, has issued a safety alert following two recent incidents where explosive items were left unaccounted for in underground elevated work platforms and charge baskets at mine sites. The explosives were only discovered some time later, after the equipment returned to the surface. In one case, welding work was carried out on the machinery in very close proximity to the explosives (boosters and a detonator) before they were discovered.

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