CMEWA Inc - Occupational Safety & Health


Within the Workplace Safety and Health Portfolio CME is focused on the following strategies to deliver the industry’s vision:

  • People - A safe and healthy place to work
    Everyone in the industry understands and is trained to manage the inherent hazards and risks
  • Innovation - Industry wide technology solutions
    Industry wide commitment to shared research and development collaboration within the industry attracts the best researchers and students
  • Infrastructure and Planning - Effective regulatory capacity
    Legislation is enacted which formalises risk management principles
    Government processes are streamlined, transparent and simplified reducing regulatory burden
    Highly competent and responsive government agencies

Projects and Issues

Following is a list of key projects and issues covered in CME's Workplace Safety & Health Portfolio:
1. CME OSH Principles
2. Standard Operating Practices – High Risk Activities
3. Risk Activities
4. Risk Based Regulation Model
5. Safety Case Model and Guidelines
6. Working Groups addressing key industry risk areas
7. OSH Training
8. Training of OSH Practitioners in WA Resources Sector
9. Core OSH Practitioner Competencies
10. Core OSH Supervisor Competencies
11. CME Policy/Guidelines for Supervisor
12. National Model OHS Laws
13. National Mine Safety Framework
14. Regional OSH Forums
15. OSH Conference
16. OSH Innovation Awards
17. ER Surface Mine Rescue Competition
18. ER Underground Mine Rescue Competition
19. SW Mine Rescue Competition
20. Competition Guidelines


The Workplace Safety and Health Committee is tasked with leading policy development on health and safety issues impacting the resources sector.
The Workplace Safety and Health Committee is Chaired by Mike Ferraro of Doral Pty Ltd and the Deputy Chair is Steven Keyser of Leighton Holdings.


The Workplace Health and Safety portfolio holds regional forums in the eastern and south west regions of the state. The forums are held bi-monthly and seek to share information from the Workplace Health and Safety Committee and also to provide members the opportunity to share learning’s from their individual sites and experiences.


The Workplace Health and Safety Committee provides the impetus for the establishment of working groups which aim to address specific workplace health and safety issues.
The development of project plans and engagement of key participants with significant relevant experience has recently resulted in the development of guidelines to address the management of diesel particulates in underground metaliferous mines and principle hazard management planning.
Two recently established working groups include the Underground Mine Fires Working Group which meets in the eastern region in Kalgoorlie and the Tyre Management Working Group which meets in the Perth office.


The CME are working together with the Department of Mines and Petroleum to provide up-to-date guidance to industry on the management of underground fires.

In 2004, CME developed a guideline for the prevention of underground fires which was subsequently endorsed by Mines Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Board (MOSHAB), the former tripartite body to Ministerial Industry Advisory Council (MIAC) as industry guidance material.

The guideline takes the following format:
- Establishes the context for underground fire prevention;
- Assists in identifying underground fire hazards and risks;
- Outlines factors used to determine underground fire risk; and
- Introduces potential controls for eliminating or minimising the risks.

The aim of the Underground Mine Fires Working Group is to review the 2004 guideline, making it more relevant and applicable to industry needs.


The aim of the Tyre Management Working Group is to review the MIAC Guideline “Tyre Safety, Fires and Explosion” (2005).
The guideline identifies the following hazards:
- Compressed air;
- Manual handling of heavy objects; and
- Exploding or disintegration of wheels and tyres.

Proprietary standards focus on:
- Crush injuries due to heavy and unstable nature of large tyres and rims;
- Line of fire incidents caused by the incorrect fitment of lock ring components or poorly maintained components;
- Chemical or pressure explosion incidents of the tyre and rim assembly including fire and over inflation; and
- Incorrect selection and use of tyre handling equipment.

This project aims to improve workplace health and safety by producing a guideline which will assist in improving tyre handling techniques.
Knowledge sharing and collaboration will result in improved tyre management and handling area methods with potential to reduce associated accidents and incidents.
CME, with the agreement of members, will collate and disseminate information collected on identified top tyre and rim handling hazards.

CME also engages with the Radiation Industry Working Group.

CME Safety and Health Innovation Awards

The awards will be presented during the 2014 Safety and Health Conference at a gala dinner on 14 April 2014.
The Safety and Health Innovation Awards, presented by CME, recognise individuals, teams and companies who have developed new initiatives or original solutions to specific safety and health problems in the workplace. 

For full details, click here to visit the Safety and Health Innovation Awards page





  • Adrienne LaBombard
    Manager - Workplace Health and Safety
    Phone: (08) 9220 8500

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