A Coal Board Medical is a standard occupational medical examination required for all coal mine employees currently working in Queensland.
The Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme operates under the Queensland Government’s Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. This scheme protects the health and safety of Queensland coal mine workers by ensuring they undergo periodic health assessments. The scheme is regulated under Chapter 2, Part 6, Division 2 of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017.
Coal mine workers are required to undergo a Coal Board Medical prior to commencing employment at a coal mine. Thereafter, the medical is required at least once every five years during employment provided they remain with the same employer. If your employee is new to the industry, an ILO chest x-ray is required alongside the medical to access site. A drug and alcohol test is not included in the medical, however can be added if this is a site requirement.
Employers will be required to nominate KINNECT’s AMA (appointed medical adviser) to complete Coal Board Medicals. This nomination will then be lodged with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
A CMWHS is comprised of 4 sections as outlined below:
- Section 1 is completed by the employer. This section includes details about similar exposure groups, the worker’s position, the employer and the AMA.
- Section 2 is completed by the worker. This section includes details about the worker and their medical history.
- Section 3 is completed by the examining medical officer and is the results of all clinical findings (e.g. medical examination, hearing, vision and lung function test).
- Section 4 is the health assessment report. This document is completed and signed by the AMA and details the worker’s fitness and any further reviews that are required.
Sections 1, 2 and 3 must be fully completed prior to a section 4 being issued. Additionally, the results of section 2 and 3 cannot be released to an employer without prior consent from the employee.