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This conference paper was originally published as Watkinson, M and Brady, D, Ten Years of Conducting Level 1 Simulated Emergency Exercises in Queenslands Underground Coal Mines in Aziz, N (ed), Coal 2008: Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2008, 217-223.


The inquiry into the explosion at the Moura No. 2 Mine in August 1994 recommended -“Emergency procedures should be exercised at each mine on a systematic basis, the minimum requirement being on an annual basis for each mine.” (Windridge et al. 1996). In December 1996 the “Approved Standard for the Conduct of Emergency Procedures Exercises” was published and has been subsequently revised (Queensland Department of Mines and Energy Safety and Health Division 1999). This document provided guidelines for conducting mine site emergency exercises as well as the requirement for a test of state-wide emergency response by holding a Level 1 Mine Emergency Exercise at one mine on an annual basis. From 1998 to date (January 2008) ten Level 1 Mine Emergency Exercises have been held in Queensland. This paper discusses each of the exercises conducted to date as well as the logistics, scenario preparation, planning and organising required to conduct emergency exercises at this level.