On 15 June 2022, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) published the Draft Mine Health and Safety Amendment Bill together with an invitation to interested and affected parties to comment on the anticipated changes.
According to Kate Collier, Partner at Webber Wentzel, mining operators may face significant changes arising from the Draft Mine Health and Safety Amendment Bill.
Collier says that aspects that will be of particular interest to employers include the proposed increase to the value of fines that may be imposed, increased direct involvement of executives required, and changes to the duty of care surrounding training and the formulation of training programmes, among others.
Written submissions will be accepted by the DMRE until 29 July 2022 by hand delivery, email, or post.
Watch this space in the coming days, as the mining health and safety experts at Webber Wentzel are preparing commentary on the proposed changes to share insights on the significance and impact of the amendment bill which will be circulated.