MDG 25 Guideline for Safe Cutting and Welding at Mines

Cutting and Welding has long been identified as one of the highest risk activities in the Mining Industry, this culminated in the gazetting of MDG 25 by the NSW Department of Primary Industry in June 2003.

MDG 25 – Guideline for Safe Cutting and Welding at Mines was a collaborative effort between the NSW Department of Primary Industry and the WTIA (Welding Technology Institute of Australia).

There is a requirement to ensure that the site Welding Management Plan is an integral part of the Mine Safety Management Plan with elements including:

  • Management systems – risk management, training, supervision, review etc
  • Documentation
  • Maintenance & Inspection
  • Emergency preparedness
  • People protection
  • Fire Protection & equipment
  • Electric welding & Gas cutting, heating and welding
  • Grinding
  • Permit systems
  • Hazardous areas – confined space, shafts, wet areas etc
  • Workshops

Capability Resources are now in a position with the support of WTIA to assist your organisation in complying with MDG 25, offering the following services:

  • MDG 25 training – targeted at managers, supervisors and engineers
  • MDG 25 compliance audit – risk based audit with report and recommended action plan
  • Cutting & Welding Risk Management – conduct a Risk Assessment of cutting & welding activities to underpin the WMP
  • Welding Management Plan – review and development of welding management systems
  • Documentation and tools – permits, safe work procedures, document control
  • Fit for Purpose Equipment – equipment register, inspection schedules, calibration & maintenance – including all gas & electric systems (flashbacks, regulators, leads, hoses, storage, VRD’s etc)