by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
Mines Inspectors of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) are receiving four weeks of special training from the Safety In Mines Training And Research Station (SIMTARS).
This training will enhance Inspectors’ knowledge and sharpen their skills in conducting mine inspections, risk assessment, investigations, prosecutions, communication, report writing and other regulatory functions.
It will also help enhance their understanding of regulatory practices in other mining jurisdictions.
Mines Inspectorate is mandated to administer and enforce the legislative provisions relating to health and safety of persons working in mines across the country.
It is therefore paramount that the Mines Inspectors acquire the necessary skills to effectively discharge their legislated roles and responsibilities.
The current training is stage one of a comprehensive training programme that will be rolled out in the coming months.
Representatives from the mining industry are also attending the training course along with the Inspectors.
The training commenced on May 25 at Mining Haus and will continue until June 19.
The training is funded by the World Bank under its Technical Assistance Program.
The PNG Mining Sector employs about 22,000 persons and is the key driver for the nation’s economy.