In August 2022 changes was introduced to the health and safety regulations for mining and quarrying. These changes will be implemented gradually over 2022 to 2024.
Quarry operators will now require a documented system to manage health and safety on site.
The principal hazard definition has been clarified. Large quarry operations that have principal hazards will require PHMPs.
There are two new terms to be aware of – A-grade quarry operation and B-grade quarry operation. This is to reflect the differentiated risk management for quarry operations determined by the number of quarry workers.
There will be a need for a new role – an Alluvial Mine Manager COC, this role is currently part of the Quarry Manager COC.
There is a new requirement for quarries to notify incidents under MOQO Regulations Schedule 5 and report quarterly to WorkSafe under Schedule 8.