With state governments winding back coronavirus restrictions, many businesses, including mining companies, are being advised to implement screening measures to avoid a second-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fortescue Metals Group is set to reverse the changes made on its operational rosters due to COVID-19, while introducing additional screening measures and testing for workers.
There is no doubt the mining industry will have to adopt different practices to not only manage the current requirements of social distancing, but to also manage any future global pandemics.
The New South Wales Resources Regulator has found that mine operators responded to the risks of coronavirus quickly and appropriately during inspections.
BHP chief executive Mike Henry believes the company has performed at its best at some operations under COVID-19 conditions.
The manufacturing industry will need to adapt and implement different working practices to manage the current restrictions of social distancing.
BHP has considered further coronavirus testing methods for its employees in addition to screening tools that are in place across the sites.
Rio Tinto has partnered with Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland to improve emergency and remotely delivered health care services across the region.
Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA has launched an online program for psychological health and safety across resources workplaces.
Mining companies such as Glencore and BHP have ramped up their efforts to prevent and treat coronavirus in Australia.
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BHP has struck a partnership with health care providers in Queensland to support the capacity of on the ground health services by developing and servicing COVID-19 testing centres in central Queensland.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given the green light for resources companies to source and share essential safety supplies so they can continue operating through the coronavirus pandemic.
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Bat Booth 2.0 uses temperature checks to help protect workers from viral infections and heat stress, while reducing the risk of dust diseases such as coal workers pneumoconiosis, silicosis and farmer’s lung.
Resources sector councils have joined forces to deliver a national television and digital campaign to spread the sector’s coronavirus safety protocols.
A BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) employee at the Blackwater coal mine in Queensland has been cleared of his coronavirus diagnosis.
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Rio Tinto Aluminium has transformed its laboratory spaces in Australia and New Zealand into spaces for chemists and researchers to develop hand sanitiser during the coronavirus pandemic.
The New South Wales Resources Regulator has continued to monitor the implementation of safety controls in managing the risk of coronavirus transmission at mine sites.