Updated mining design guidelines now available

NSW Mine Safety has updated and re-published the following mining design guidelines (MDGs);

The guidance material has been updated to incorporate recent legislative changes and to ensure it reflects current best practice.

Public consultation on new codes and updated MDGs

Public consultation is now open on the following draft publications;
  • Code of practice - Mine shafts and winding systems
  • Mining design guideline - MDG 15 Mobile and transportable plant for use at mines (other than underground coal mines)
  • Mining design guideline - MDG 41 Fluid power systems

Public comment closes on 18 November 2015. For more information visit our public consultation page.

Recognised service facilities - Explosion protected diesel engine systems (ExDES)

The recognised service facilities scheme for explosion protected diesel engine systems (ExDES) has changed to a licensing arrangement under the WHS legislation.

For more information on the transitional arrangements and the new licensing arrangement please visit our Licensed activities page.

Mechanical Engineering Management Plan

Audit worksheet for coal operations

MEA-002 Audit worksheet - coal operation Mechanical Engineering Management Plan desktop assessment program


The Construction and Mining Equipment Industry Group (CMEIG) has released an engineering position paper on quickhitches and safety. To access the quickhitches paper and other CMEIG engineering position papers go to www.cmeig.com.au and click on Engineering.

Design and construction of mine haul roads

Incidents have highlighted inadequacies in the design and construction of some mine haul roads.

The following documents Haul Road Inspection Handbook PH99-I-4 and Design of Surface Mine Haulage Roads - A Manual provide guidance material which should be considered in the development of mine safety management systems and transport management plans.

Mine Safety & Health Administration - United States Department of Labor

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC Stacks - Public Health Publications