India-Australia MoU on mines safety through SIMTARS

The Central Government on January 16, 2019 gave its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India and Department of Natural Resource Mines and Energy, Queensland Government, Australia through the Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS).

  • According to the Government, the MoU will help in establishing a partnership between DGMS and SIMTARS for: implementation of risk based safety management system, providing training, organising, conference, seminar and other technical meetings, setting up occupations safety and health academy and national mine disaster centre, and modernising R&D laboratory of DGMS.
  • The memorandum of understanding will become operative from the date of signing and remain in effect for three years.

Why this MoU

  • Mining accident rates in Australia is the lowest in the world.   Australia has pioneered in conceptualising and implementing risk based Safety Management Plans for the mining sector using the technique of hazard identification and risk assessment.
  • SIMTARS is known to have exclusive expertise in Mines Safety Management Systems.  

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