Location: Federation University (Mount Helen Campus, near Ballarat)

Venue: TBA

The unit is designed to give a basis for understanding the various elements that make up the mine environment, and how to control and regulate it to achieve a safe, healthy and comfortable workplace conducive to performance and efficiency. 

  • Determine the size of the occupational health and safety problem.
  • Find the specialist definitions of key terms in occupational health and safety.
  • Appreciate the history of occupational health and safety.
  • Determine how the legal system deals with occupational health and safety problems.
  • Examine risk management models.
  • Understand consultative mechanisms.
  • Compare and contrast occupational health and safety auditing tools.
  • Understand the effects of specific hazards on the human body. Skills
  • Build models for the management of occupational health and safety problems.
  • Tackle health and safety problems at their source.
  • Use the hierarchy of hazard controls to control hazards.
  • Apply management system concepts to occupational health and safety case studies.
  • Develop occupational health and safety policies.
  • Determine assessment methods for specific hazards.
  • Prepare a plan for hazard control. Values
  • Appreciate that social problems have an historical and legal context.
  • Prefer the "safe-place” over the "safe-person” approach to control hazards.
  • Value workplace consultation. Content: Legislation
  • General framework
  • Health & safety legislation
  • Mines regulations Occupational Health & Safety
  • History and philosophy
  • Types of accidents and injuries
  • Hazard management
  • Manual handling
  • Human factors 
  • Entry into confined spaces
  • Control strategies Mine Environmental Engineering
  • Atmospheric contaminants and their control
  • (Dusts, gasesradiation, heat and humidity, noise)
  • Mine illumination Emergency Situations
  • Outbursts and explosions
  • Mine fires
  • Mine rescue

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/geol90033