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Safety alert: Anti-static materials in underground coal mines

19 Oct 2020

The tests proved that even products with lower surface resistivity (<300 MΩ) are capable of causing spark ignition when not bonded to earth. This is more likely if the product has unbonded metallic components as part of the construction and potentially may compromise worker safety in underground coal mines.As a result of the Simtars testing, Resources Safety and Health Queensland issued safety alert no. 381 on 29 September 2020 and the New South Wales Resources Regulator released a safety alert on 9 October 2020.The safety alerts provide details of the testing and recommend that manufacturers of FRAS-rated materials ensure testing is undertaken by an independent testing facility in accordance with the relevant requirements of MDG 3608.Simtars can assist manufacturers and ... Read more >>


Free online dust awareness course available

27 Aug 2020

This course will help you identify dust sources at a quarry and implement dust control measures. Read more >>


RSHQ established as a Statutory Body under the Resources Safety and Health Act 2020

15 Jul 2020

On 1 July 2020, Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) was established as a Statutory Body under the Resources Safety and Health Act 2020.RSHQ comprises the former division of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) referred to as Resources Safety and Health which incorporates Simtars. Simtars will continue to trade as Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station (Simtars) under the new entity ABN of 49 809 734 894.The establishment of RSHQ is the latest in a suite of sweeping mine safety and health reforms. Queensland’s 66,000 resources workers will have their own independent health and safety body. The state’s resources workers can now rely on an organisation with one job – keeping them safe at work.As ... Read more >>


Simtars’ continued services in response to COVID-19

27 Apr 2020

The unprecedented situation with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents additional challenges for everyone in our sector. This communication is to provide you with an update on the services that Simtars continues to provide to our valued clients.Simtars has a business continuity plan in place to manage the risk of COVID-19 and ensure critical functions continue. Our plans align with advice from Queensland Health and broader government direction given we all play an important role in preventing the spread of the disease and keeping ourselves, our families and our communities safe.Simtars is continuing to provide essential services during this time and our priority remains the health and safety of our employees, customers and the resource sector. Our Redbank and Mackay offices remain ... Read more >>


Simtars welcomes visiting Japanese delegation

03 Mar 2020

Simtars recently welcomed delegates from Japan’s national institutes to their Redbank campus.Representatives from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and JGC Corporation (Oil and Gas Projects) were here to understand how IECEx* certified equipment from overseas is managed in Queensland.IECEx is an international certification scheme that outlines standards required for equipment suitable to use in explosive atmospheres (such as underground coal mines).Discussions were centred around how the international certification (IECEx) scheme integrates with the national certification scheme (ANZEx). Australia and New Zealand standards are used for specific products such as mining plugs and receptacles, bolted couplers and fuel dispensers where an IEC equivalent standard does not currently exist.It was ... Read more >>


Simtars continues its support of the QMEA Ambassador Program

06 Dec 2019

The final group of visiting school students for 2019 came through the gates of Simtars on 3 Nov 2019.Members of the 2019 Student Ambassador Program from the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) spent the morning meeting members of the Simtars Executive Team and technical staff.Student ambassadors get the opportunity to visit the site’s gas laboratory and mobile gas laboratory, as well as participating in demonstrations in our VR Immersive Training Theatre and Dust Laboratory.The tour objective is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the role of Simtars; and to introduce them to the broad range of careers available within the mining and allied industries.Congratulations to the graduating student ambassadors from all the staff here at Simtars and ... Read more >>


Clients can be confident in the level of expertise when hiring Simtars

06 Dec 2019

As part of ensuring our stakeholders can be confident in the engineering, testing, training and investigative services provided by Simtars, our staff undertake regular professional development and are continually advancing their career knowledge.Simtars’ Assessment and Testing Engineer, Ahmad Abdullah was recently approved as a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) by the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) in the area of Electrical engineering.This registration system is to protect the public; maintain public confidence in the standard of engineering services; and to uphold the standard of practice in the profession.To be eligible for registration, an applicant must satisfy the Board’s skills and experience requirements as well as exceed a range of professional standards required by Engineers Australia.Applicants undertake years ... Read more >>


Simtars and QMRS collaborate on MEMS courses in Mackay

06 Dec 2019

Did you know that Simtars plays a key role in designing the hands-on simulated training component of the Mine Emergency Management System (MEMS) course?Working with the Queensland Mines Rescue Service (QMRS), our Technical Services team has just completed its involvement in the second training course for 2019, held in Mackay.The course came about as a recommendation of the 2003 Level 1 Mine Emergency Exercise, which identified the need to establish a clear organisational structure for managing emergencies, and courses have been conducted by QMRS since 2005.The software itself was developed from the Australasian Inter-agency Incident Management System – Incident Control System (AIIMS-ICS) and modified to fit mining legislation, personnel and the specific challenges inherent to the mining industry.For more information ... Read more >>


Safegas monitoring replacement rolled out

24 Oct 2019

The first phase of the upgrade to the Safegas gas monitoring systems has been completed. The initial stage, which involved replacing the core application database at nine priority mines sites across Queensland, was completed at the end of the 2018-19 financial year by the Simtars Safegas team.The project delivered a stabilised and scalable database capable of supporting increased gas monitoring in line with mining regulation and predicted industry growth.An incremental roll out to the existing mine sites commenced in August and will take place during annual audit mine site visits with the first non-priority site scheduled for late August 2019. This refreshed database provides the foundation for future planned functionality improvements in support of mobility, web enablement and increased monitoring ... Read more >>


Simtars supports the NEXTgen of engineers

24 Oct 2019

Ahmad Abdullah, Simtars Assessment and Testing Officer, has been selected for the 2019-2020 NEXTgen Contributors Program offered by Standards Australia.The NEXTgen Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes supporting Australian industry and government. The program will train young professionals who will experience the national and international standards development processes and understand what it is like being involved on a Technical Committee of Standards Australia with their industry peers.Through webinars, meetings, networking and professional development activities, these emerging leaders share knowledge and collaborate to develop a deep understanding of what it takes to shape robust standards that contribute to the net benefit of the ... Read more >>


Australian Mines Rescue competition success for Queensland teams

23 Oct 2019

Queensland took out the top three places in the 57th Australian Mine Rescue competition held at Moolarben Mines Rescue Station in Mudgee on 17 October 2019.In the last four years the winners of the competition have been from NSW. The event is held on an annual rotational basis in NSW and Queensland. The top four rescue teams from the Queensland EK Healy Cup competition represent Queensland against the top four NSW teams; a little bit like state of origin.The results for the competition were:Grosvenor Mine 1stKestrel Mine 2ndMoranbah North Mine 3rd, who were also first placed in the virtual reality assessmentAppin Mine (NSW) 4thOaky North mine 5thThe winning team has the opportunity to represent Australia in the international mines rescue ... Read more >>


Complimentary student registrations for QMIHS Conference

25 Jul 2019

The Queensland Mining Industry Safety and Health Conference Committee is pleased to extend the offer to a limited number of students studying mining and related disciplines to attend this year’s Conference at The Star Gold Coast.A complimentary registration is being offered to students to attend the Conference on Tuesday 20 August. For those who are not able to make their own way from Brisbane, a complimentary coach service will collect students from The University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus) at the Sir James Foots Building 47A at 9.30am and depart The Star Gold Coast around 8:00pm.During the course of the day, students will be able to join in the Concurrent Session presentations being delivered by industry experts. The day will ... Read more >>


Simtars fosters links with next generation of health professionals

28 Mar 2019

Ongoing research is a key driver to developing new technologies that will keep workers in the mining, resources and allied industries safe in the future. With this in mind, Simtars regularly supports the new generation of researchers and practitioners in the occupational health and resource-related fields by hosting them at its Redbank facilities.Our most recent visitors—postgraduate students from UQ & QUT—were given the opportunity to see what we do at Simtars and how we contribute to the safety and health in the Queensland’s resources sector.The visit included a meet and greet with our leadership team; demonstrations of our virtual reality theatre; flame path transmission testing apparatus; the ever-popular propagation tube; and a tour through our general laboratories.Participants were then able ... Read more >>


Institute of Electrical Inspectors visit Simtars

27 Mar 2019

On Thursday evening, 21 March 2019, the March meeting of the Institute of Electrical Inspectors was held at Simtars facilities at 2 Robert Smith Street, Redbank.The visitors were given a tour of the testing facilities at Simtars associated with the testing and certification of explosion protected equipment for use in hazardous industrial environments.Members of the Institute of Electrical Inspectors provide services for the inspection and sign off on industrial electrical installations including those installations where there is a risk of the equipment triggering an explosion due to the presence of explosive gases or dusts. ... Read more >>


How Simtars can help with your EMPs

13 Mar 2019

Want to know how Simtars can help you with your Environmental Management Plans (EMP)?Simtars understands that successful operational environmental management, and the development of a culture of sustainable environmental management, are best embedded during the early stages of a project.We work with our clients to develop Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for construction and operations that are compliant with the requirements of ISO 14001.We also offer support during the implementation of the EMS and, if desired, the certification of the EMS to ISO 14001.Simtars can also collaborate with you to develop Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) to ensure environmental management is compliant and successful during the pre and post operational phases of a project.Simtars understands regulatory compliance and that’s why clients turn ... Read more >>