Issue 21
Monday, 04 December 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Thermal physiologist Matt Brearley, MRM Safety Superintendent Stephen McGruddy, epidemiologist Emma Field and NRM General Manager Sam Strohmayr
Thermal physiologist Matt Brearley, MRM Safety Superintendent Stephen McGruddy, epidemiologist Emma Field and NRM General Manager Sam Strohmayr

Heat stress monitoring to benefit Northern workers

By Paul Dale

Menzies is teaming up with Glencore at the McArthur River Mine (MRM) to accurately assess the effects of heat stress on the workforce and productivity at the mine site and shipping facilities in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Project leader and Menzies researcher, Emma Field said the research would contribute to effective prevention measures for all industries working in hot and humid environments.

“The 15-month project to identify the incidence, causes and impacts of heat stress in the MRM workforce began in October with site assessments and staff surveys; physiological monitoring and work practice observations will take place in December,” Ms Field said.

"The Menzies team will provide recommendations for practical and low cost interventions to reduce risk of heat stresss."

The MRM is a zinc-lead mine located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory. In addition to the mine and processing facility, there is a concentrate storage shed and shipping facility at Bing Bong Port, 130km to the north.

Its 1000-strong workforce is drawn from the nearby town of Borroloola, Darwin and other parts of Australia.

MRM General Manager, Sam Strohmayr said the collaboration with Menzies would benefit not only MRM but also anyone who worked outside in Northern Australia.

“The reality is that some people need to work outside and they are going to be exposed to heat,” Mr Strohmayr said.

“Anything we can do to reduce the risk of heat stress will improve health and safety, and contribute to a better working environment.”