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The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has created a safety management system for mineral exploration and mining companies.

The Mine Safety Management System Audit Tool (MSMS) aims to assist companies in analysing their safety systems to meet the high standard of Work Health and Safety (WHS) requirements.

AMEC’s Chief Executive, Warren Pearce, said, “AMEC, through Parabellum International, has developed a free audit tool to help members review their Mine Safety Management System, as required under the 2022 WHS legislation.”

“Following the transition date of 31 March 2024, all mining and exploration companies need to have created and implemented their MSMS.” 

In 2022, AMEC released its Explorer Reference Pack, which provides a range of templates for risk assessment, MSMS, mines risk register, health and safety policy, incident report form, job hazard analysis, mine emergency response plan, psychosocial incident investigation flowchart, sexual harassment checklist, sexual harassment policy and daily site inspection forms to assist its members in creating their own safety systems.

Parabellum International’s Chief Operating Officer, Jessica Keogh, said, “Having collaborated with AMEC in 2023 to develop the MSMS Resources hub, it is exciting to partner once again in the development of the MSMS Audit Tool.

“Working with industry, this audit tool has been created to assist operators to gauge their level of compliance and performance within the MSMS framework to promote a safe resources industry.”

Mr Pearce said he encourages industry to continue using AMEC’s Resources Hub for a range of practical tools, policies, best practice measures, along with a list of training and other service providers that can reliably assist with proactively providing physically and psychologically safe workplaces.

“AMEC remains committed to working with our members, government and the broader industry to ensure safety is the highest priority for our workers and workplaces.”

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