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.
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.
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.