Profession mine health and safety engineer

Mine health and safety engineers develop and implement systems and procedures to prevent employee injury and sickness, improve mine working conditions, reduce health and safety risks and prevent damage to equipment and property.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Geology

    Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

  • Mine safety legislation

    The laws, regulations and codes of practice relevant to safety in mining operations.

Skills

  • Investigate mine accidents

    Conduct investigation of mining accidents; identify unsafe working conditions and develop measures for improvement.

  • Supervise staff

    Oversee the selection, training, performance and motivation of staff.

  • Manage emergency procedures

    React quickly in case of emergency and set planned emergency procedures in motion.

  • Train employees in mine safety

    Organise mine safety training sessions for workers, supervisors and management.

  • Maintain records of mining operations

    Maintain records of mine production and development performance, including performance of machinery.

  • Use a computer

    Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.

  • Prepare technical reports

    Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.

  • Prevent health and safety problems

    Identify safety and health issues and come up with solutions to prevent accidents.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Address problems critically

    Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.

  • Develop health and safety strategies in mining

    Develop strategies and procedures to manage health and safety in mining. Make sure procedures conform with national law as a minimum.

Optional knowledge and skills

inspect mine safety conditions health and safety hazards underground mining engineering impact of geological factors on mining operations present reports troubleshoot electrical engineering

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