Changes to health checks for coal mine workers

A health notice from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

From 1 March 2019, employers of staff or contractors who access a coal mine site as part of their job must appoint a doctor (an Appointed Medical Advisor or AMA) from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy’s (DNRME) register. 

Employers have until 1 March 2020 to notify DNRME of this appointment. 

If you have already appointed a medical provider, they have until 1 March 2020 to formally register with DNRME. 

Doctors on the register have the necessary qualifications and experience for carrying out, supervising and reporting on health assessments for coal mine workers. 

This is part of a suite of changes to the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme that commenced on 1 March 2019. These changes support the Queensland Government’s commitment to protect the occupational health and safety of coal mine workers. 

For more information about AMAs and what these changes mean for employers, visit https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/mining-energy-water/resources/safety-health/mining/medicals/coal-board/advisers

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