All workers who wish to work in a Queensland Mine require a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in the Nationally Recognised Skill Set: RIISS00034 Surface Coal Mine Safety Skill Set
This Skill Set addresses the regulatory requirements for open-cut coal mining specified in Recognised Standard 11, Training in Coal Mining Safety and Health Act, Queensland.
Standard 11 is made up of the following 6 nationally accredited units of competency (which are recognised by the QLD Department of Mines as the core S11 modules):
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
RIIGOV201D Comply with site work processes/procedures
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control
RIIERR205D Apply initial response First Aid
RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents
The Statement of Attainment requires the satisfactory completion of a 2 day training course. The Standard 11 (S11) Training Course is readily available and will give you all the basic information required to keep you safe on coal Mines and allow participants to gain access to Coal Mines in Queensland.
Although it it’s no longer a requirement of Safe Work Australia to hold a ticket for Heavy machinery, most Mine Employers will still require you to have had some form of training before you can operate heavy machinery.
The more tickets and training you have, the better your job prospects and the more employable you will be.
Examples of Plant and Machinery RII Tickets which pertain to Mining:
All coal miners in Queensland require a Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment which can be obtained from many clinics throughout Qld.
What does a Coal Board Medical involve?
A Coal Board Medical (also known as a Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment) is a standard occupational medical examination required for all coal mine workers currently working in Queensland. The Coal Board Medical forms are part of the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme; a scheme under The Department of Natural Resources, Mining and Energy – Queensland Government. The Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme protects the health and safety of Queensland coal mine workers by ensuring they undergo periodic health assessments, with a focus on respiratory disease prevention.
If you have not had a Coal Board Medical before, you will require both a Coal Board Medical + ILO Chest X-ray.
A standard Coal Board Medical includes:
Auditory canal examination
Cardiovascular system examination
Musculoskeletal system examination
Medical history questionnaire
ILO Chest X-ray (only required if not completed prior or previous x-ray is over 5 years old).
Please note that a drug and alcohol test is not included, however some mines may require one prior to accessing site. An instant drug and alcohol test can be added to a Coal Board Medical.
A Coal Board Medical ensures that miners receive an early diagnosis for any lung disease, including pneumoconiosis.