Mine Rescue Medical

Mines rescue operations are physically and psychologically demanding and such duties can often be performed in conditions that may not be well tolerated.

Toxic atmospheres and poor ventilation encountered during rescue operations require mine rescue personnel to wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This, combined with very physically demanding work such as moving fallen materials and retrieval of casualties, can significantly increase the risk for conditions such as heat stress and/or injury.

To be a mines rescue member requires a high level of health and fitness than compared to normal mining operation roles. Therefore health assessments for mines rescue personnel are designed to assess the health and capacity of the individual to be able to safely perform the mines rescue role.

There are two parts to a Mine Rescue Medical:

Part 1: Coal Board Medical

  • Vision Test
  • Spirometry Test
  • Respiratory Questionnaire
  • Urinalysis
  • Hearing Test
  • Auditory Canal Examination
  • Cardiovascular System Examination
  • Musculoskeletal System Examination
  • Abdomen Examination
  • Skin Examination
  • Chest x-ray (ILO Standard)
  • Medical History Questionnaire

Part 2: Fitness Test

  • Cardiovascular Fitness Test
  • Functional Capacity Assessment (Optional)

Once the Coal Board Medical has been completed, a Nominated Medical Advisor (NMA) who completes a summary report called a “Section 4” for QLD Scheme.

The Section 4 of the Coal Board Medical is the only information from the Coal Board Medical that the employer is privy to.

The medical results and information contained within the Coal Board Medical are submitted to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM). The confidentiality of the information contained within the Coal Board Medical is protected by law and the results of a Coal Board Medical can only be released to the worker or a representative, appointed in writing, by the worker.

All Mine Rescue Personnel must undertake a Mine Rescue Medical. 

Health assessment for mines rescue personnel must be carried out:

  • every 2 years for persons up to age 40
  • every year for persons aged 40 and over.


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KINNECT Coal Board Medical testing Brisbane Gladstone Mackay Townsville Cairns Perth Emerald Rockhampton Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will get a copy of the Coal Board Medical Results?

Your employer will get a copy of part of your Coal Board Medical. This part is called the “Section 4”. The Section 4 is a summary report written by the Nominated Medical Advisor (NMA) who reviews your Coal Board Medical. Your employer is not privy to the medical information you provided and collected during the Coal Board Medical. The complete Coal Board Medical is submitted to The Department of Natural Resources and Mines – Queensland Government, where it is stored.

How do I get a copy of my Coal Board Medical Results?

Your Coal Board Medical results are kept on file at the medical provider that conducted or coordinated your Coal Board Medical. A full copy of your Coal Board Medical can be accessed by contacting the medical provider and requesting it.

How long does a Mine Rescue Medical take?

A Mine Rescue Medical will take between 1 – 2 hours to complete the Coal Board Medical and approximately 30 minutes to conduct the Fitness Test/s.

Does a Mine Rescue Medical include a Drug and Alcohol Test?

No. The Mine Rescue Medical does not include a drug and alcohol test, however sometimes your employer may request you complete a drug and alcohol test at the time of your Coal Board Medical. The results of your drug and alcohol test will not be reviewed or commented on by the Nominated Medical Advisor when they complete the Section 4 summary.