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  • 1. Identify the Material Risk to be observed.
    - Understand the material risks in your work area
    - Relevant events or upcoming work must be considered as part of the planning process
    - Speak to the relevant leader to understand the tasks, people and equipment
    - Review supporting information CCO Pocket Card, Safe Operating Procedures

    2. Validate the Critical Behaviours through asking the "three questions"
    - Question 1: What are the things that can kill you?
    - Question 2: What are the critical controls that keep you safe?
    - Question 3: How do you know the critical controls are working effectively?

    3. Observe work practices focussing on the behaviours associated with the material risk
    - Check work practices and behaviours observed associated with the material risk

    4. Review the observed behaviours against the material risk critical controls
    - Identify any behavioural gaps between what you expected to see when you planned your CCO and what's actually happening in the field
    - Commend the positive behaviours and identify any corrective actions or opportunities to improve the control's effectiveness

    5. Provide feedback and action findings
    - Provide feedback and thank participants. Any actions must be entered into 1SAP and the observation entered into the Field Leadership Database.

    - Positive behaviours reinforced
    - At risk behaviours discussed and addressed


  • What is the material risk you are observing?

  • Critical control: Design & Construction
    - Engineering designs are approved by a Queensland Registered Professional Engineer
    - Structures are verified as built to design
    - All new and modified structures have followed the specific items in the Management of Change process
    - PLC coding changes applicable to identified structures have followed the Management of Change process
    Structures & Maintenance
    - A register of structures meeting set criteria is maintained
    - An RPEQ Structural Engineer audits the listed structures annually
    - Maintenance department maintains structures to original design

  • Critical control: Integrity of scaffold structures
    - Scaffold components brought to site for use are free from defects and are certified
    - Scafftags are placed by qualified scaffolders on each access point
    - Load limits as per design are noted on the scafftag
    - Trained, competent and authorised scaffolders are used to build scaffolds within their licence limits
    - The necessary protection is in place to protect the scaffold from external factors

    Critical Control: Working at Heights Equipment
    - The necessary protection is in place to protect the scaffold from external factors
    - Mobile elevated work platforms are inspected and maintained as per OEM specifications and Australian Standard AS2550
    - Work boxes/baskets are designed as per Australian Standard and inspected prior to use
    - Personnel using a work box/basket must be trained and authorised

  • Critical control: Atmospheric testing
    - Calibrated atmospheric testing equipment must be used before and during confined space activities
    - People using atmospheric testing equipment must be competent
    - The atmosphere in a confined space is monitored at intervals recommended by the hazards identified in the risk assessment and work stopped when threshold levels are reached

    Critical control: Isolation & Tagging
    A defined isolation system is in place with specific authorisation and documentation requirements with the objective of eliminating, minimising and managing risk

  • Critical control: Exclusion Zones
    - Modelling and simulation work is completed to determine the exclusion zones for personnel and blast guards for normal blasting activities and misfires, considering fly rock and fume
    - All personnel must adhere to exclusion zones

    Critical control: Fit for purpose vehicles
    - All bulk explosive Mobile Processing Units (MPUs) must be licenced by the Chief Inspector of Mines
    - Accessory transport vehicles must meed legislative requirements (all initiating explosives and high explosives are segregated in separated boxes)
    - All explosive storages must be licenced by the Chief Inspector of Explosives

    Critical control: Monitoring of hot & reactive ground
    - A register of hot/reactive grounds is maintained
    - A process for the identification of hot/reactive ground is in place
    - Products for hot/reactive ground are used as per design

    Critical control: separation
    - Explosives and accessories are kept segregated until blast holes are charged
    - Loading bench is physically separated from other activities to prevent inadvertent access by unauthorised people and equipment

  • Critical control: Isolation System
    A defined isolation system is in place with specific authorisation and documentation requirements with the objective of eliminating, minimising and managing risk

  • Critical control: Ground Control System
    Mining activities are not undertaken without an approved design
    Personnel are separated from geotechnically hazardous mining areas (observe primary standoff distances)
    - at least 10m away from a 60m or less high wall slope toe
    - at least 15m away from a 60m or greater high wall slope toe
    - at least 5m away from a slope crest
    A TARP is in place to identify and respond to changing conditions

  • Critical control: Operational Separation
    50m separation between vehicles and mobile equipment must be maintained except where:
    - overtaking a vehicle moving in the same direction of travel after positive communications; or
    - where the vehicles are physically separated
    An Active Mining Area must be set up at operational dig and dump sites at least 50m from the face and/or mobile equipment. If a LV/MV is required to access the AMA, interaction must be controlled through:
    - mobile equipment in the AMA must stop operations, down tools and de-energise;
    - heavy vehicles are excluded from entering the AMA until the LV/MV has exited the area;
    - positive communications must be established prior to entry and exit
    Where there are high risk hazards (e.g. bodies of water, open faces) 50m separation or physical separation (e.g. bunding) must be established
    Berms must be built to specification
    Operations must drive to conditions and adhere to mine site traffic signage and rules
    All mobile plant operations must be competent and authorise to operate the equipment required by their role

  • Critical control: Lift Operational Area
    During lifting operations the lift operational area:
    - is physically separated to ensure no interaction with non-lift activities
    - must be controlled to ensure that equipment and personnel are physically separated to eliminate the risk of a falling object contacting a person

  • Does the person observed know the material risk/hazard that can kill them?

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  • Does the person observed know the critical controls that stop them from being killed?

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  • Has the person observed verified that the critical controls are in place and effective?

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