Resources sector launches national COVID-19 campaign

Resources sector councils have joined forces to deliver a national television and digital campaign to spread the sector’s coronavirus safety protocols.

This involves the New South Wales Minerals Council, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and the South Australian Chamber of Mines (SACOME).

Measures include physical distancing during travel and at site, increased hygiene and cleaning, temperature testing, changes to shift start times and working arrangements.

These are part of the resources industry coronavirus measures announced in March to ensure a continued operation.

“Health and safety is the Australian minerals industry’s number one commitment, and the industry is proud to show Australians what our workforce is doing to keep everyone safe – including local communities – during the COVID-19 pandemic,” MCA chief executive Tania Constable said.

The industry’s information campaign features people from operations across Australia who work in portfolios such as iron ore, coal, copper and gold, demonstrating safety measures being implemented in their workplace.

“This next phase of our community information campaign shows first-hand some of the actions our miners are taking each day to protect themselves, their families and their communities from COVID-19 while continuing to make a critical contribution to the economy,” NSW Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee said.

SACOME also launched a video series where industry leaders discuss how they are responding to COVID-19.

“The resources sector underpins the economy and continues to meet the challenges of COVID-19 – showing leadership by significantly decreasing the movement of people and implementing strategies to protect workers, families and communities,” SACOME chief executive Rebecca Knol said.