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Safety, regulation and the Mines Inspectorate: lessons from Western Australia

Gunningham, Neil

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This article examines the role of mining regulation and its enforcement, principally in Western Australia. It identifies a series of substantial deficiencies in current practices, including: the extent to which the Department of Industry and Resources (DoIR) inspectors rely on detailed prescriptive requirements to the detriment of performance and systems-based approaches; the extent to which the DoIR audit process fails to monitor adequately the effectiveness of OHS management systems; the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGunningham, Neil
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:41:22Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T22:41:22Z
dc.identifier.issn0815-6409
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/78474
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the role of mining regulation and its enforcement, principally in Western Australia. It identifies a series of substantial deficiencies in current practices, including: the extent to which the Department of Industry and Resources (DoIR) inspectors rely on detailed prescriptive requirements to the detriment of performance and systems-based approaches; the extent to which the DoIR audit process fails to monitor adequately the effectiveness of OHS management systems; the extent to which DoIR inspectors fail to consult adequately with worker representatives; and a failure of enforcement coupled with a risk that the Inspectorate has become too close to the industry it is responsible for regulating. It concludes with some broader reflections concerning best regulatory practice, and raises some practical issues concerning the lack of adequate regulatory resources.
dc.publisherCCH Australia Ltd
dc.sourceJournal of Occupational Health and Safety: Australia and New Zealand
dc.subjectKeywords: Australia; health care utilization; human; law enforcement; mining; occupational health; occupational health service; public health; review; risk assessment; safety; worker Enforcement; Mining industry; Occupational health and safety; Regulation; Resources
dc.titleSafety, regulation and the Mines Inspectorate: lessons from Western Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume21
dc.date.issued2005
local.identifier.absfor180119 - Law and Society
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub7115
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGunningham, Neil, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage299
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage310
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T10:01:03Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33747450484
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