Health & Safety

Coordinated by the Minerals Industry Safety & Health Centre (SMI-MISHC), who set the global benchmark for health and safety research and education in the mining sector, the Health and Safety field of specialisation offers students industry specific courses and industry recognised competencies. The courses cover a range of key Health and Safety topic areas including risk management, human centred design, occupational health and safety in mining, and incident investigation and analysis.

Since 2001, SMI-MISHC has been engaged in best practice teaching in risk management education at the postgraduate level. SMI-MISHC is unique in the university sector with courses tailored to the specific needs of the minerals industry. These technically comprehensive programs equip students with an understanding of the concepts and issues connected to minerals industry risk management and the skills to implement good practice in their operations. The use of current case studies enables students to explore practical mining industry outcomes that can be applied to their own work context, bringing together innovative research and industry knowledge to create safer and healthier working environments. 

Health & Safety Courses

Graduate Certificate

Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector (MINE7053) This introductory core course is a requirement for all students undertaking the Graduate Certificate program. This couse is an introduction to how sustainable development (SD) relates to the minerals industry. This course covers SD history and theory, drivers to adopt SD principles in the minerals industry, industry response to SD, SD in varied operational settings, including small and mid-tier mining companies, assessment and measurement of SD initiatives at mine operations.

To complement the online nature of this course, there will be a compulsory five day intensive held at UQ’s St Lucia  campus in Brisbane during the first semester, dates to be advised during Week 1. Travel, accommodation costs, and arrangements are the responsibility of the student. A $200 catering fee will also be payable for the week.

Resources Sector Risk Management (MINE7033) builds upon the models, tools and systems for applied RM problem solving and decision-making frameworks for major industry hazards and their management. Students who achieve over 75% in ALL assessments will qualify for the equivalent to the RIIRIS601D Establish and Maintain the Risk Management System competency.

Sustainable Management of Risk in Industry (MINE7032) covers the principles and application of risk management methods for industry to achieve its objectives and deliver overall system performance improvements across all facets of business from human, technical and commercial perspectives. 

Mine Occupational Health & Safety Management (MINE7041) provides students with the ability to recognise generic mine occupational health and safety hazards and to understand the impact they may have on human health if they are not managed to certain standards. Students who achieve over 75% in ALL assessments qualify for the equivalent to RIIWHS601A Establish and Maintain the WHS Management System, and RIIWHS602D Incorporate Health and Hygiene Factors into Mine Management.

Graduate Diploma

Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector – Tools and Integration (MINE7061) This course is a core course for all students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program. Building on the foundation of ‘Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector’, this course introduces students to a range of tools and frameworks that can be used to inform sustainability thinking and practice. The course examines the connectivity and pathways that these tools provide across the range of SMI’s ‘disciplines’ and their integration into, and practical use, when applied to the sustainability challenges facing the global resources sector.

Incident Investigation and Analysis (MINE7042) is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and issues of an effective framework for incident investigation.

Special Project in the Resources Sector (MINE7035) in this course, students are expected to select their own project topics in consultation with the course lecturer and must be of current interest to the resources sector. They will need to research their chosen topic thoroughly so that associated issues can be discussed in detail and proposed recommendations justified. The project can use existing data and published sources, or students can design a study that gathers new data for the purpose.

Research Methods for the Resources Sector (MINE7056) explores a range of research methods available for those working with mining and other resource-based communities. This course has a compulsary five day intensive on the St Lucia campus.

Master

Master Thesis (MINE7009) this two semester course, commencing in Semester 1 of any given year, is focused on the production of a thesis that demonstrates 'mastery' of the subject of the Responsible Resource Development program (Community Relations; Environment; or Health & Safety) in terms of principle and practice. Students are to undertake an individual research project, or a program of independent enquiry, under the direction of an academic or research staff member. Students should ensure that a suitable member of staff has agreed to supervise their research, or area of individual enquiry, before enrolling in the course.

The submitted thesis must demonstrate the student's ability to clearly communicate the effective application of content and concepts acquired during Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma studies that would deliver an improved outcome in a chosen aspect of community relations, environmental management, or risk management relevant to the resources sector.

Suggested study plans

One course per semester

Suggested Study plan for Health & Safety
Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Graduate Certificate 1 MINE7053: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector MINE7033: Resources Sector Risk Management
2 MINE7032: Sustainable Management of Risk in Industry MINE7041: Mine Occupational Health and Safety Management
Graduate Diploma 3 MINE7061: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector - Tools and Integration MINE7035: Special Project in the Resources Sector **
4 MINE7042: Incident Investigation and Analysis MINE7056: Community Research Methods for the Resource Sector
Master 5 MINE7009: Master Thesis

Two courses per semester

Suggested Study plan for Health & Safety
Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Graduate Certificate 1 MINE7053: Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry Context MINE7033: Resources Sector Risk Management
MINE7032: Sustainable Management of Risk in Industry MINE7041: Mine Occupational Health and Safety Management
Graduate Diploma 2 MINE7061: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector - Tools and Integration MINE7035: Special Project in the Resources Sector **
MINE7042: Incident Investigation and Analysis MINE7056: Community Research Methods for the Resource Sector
Master 3 MINE7009: Master Thesis

* These are suggested study plans only and course selection will depend on individual circumstances and course availability.

** Or approved elective