The Chamber of Minerals and Energy health and safety conference took place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last month. There, Yara Pilbara chief executive Mark Loquan discussed the need for more standardised safety training for mine workers across Western Australia.

Loquan stated a concern about the lack of agreed minimum standards across the onshore processing industry. “Currently it’s somewhat fragmented, with individual companies having their own systems and requirements but the industry has a highly mobile workforce. This can yield unpredictable outcomes in the industry,” he said.

Yara Pilbara, operator of the world’s largest ammonia production facility, has already established a program to improve occupational safety performance and has thus far gone 800 days without a recordable injury.

“I think as an industry we need to possibly collaborate more for the long term and to acknowledge the need for minimum standards,” Loquan said.

He proposes using the construction industry White Card as a standard. Loquan also supports the introduction of the safety standard implemented by APPEA for offshore operations by modifying their Common Safety Training Program (CSTP) card to then apply to their own WA plants.

According to Loquan, “We do wish to continuously raise the bar on safety, which can only benefit all workers entering our site to return home safely to their families.”

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