Industry perspective is needed to develop the SafeMine PhD programme for future leaders in Health and Safety Mining
Companies around the world are facing greater challenges to recruit skilled miners and mining engineers. Although safety work in the mining and tunneling industry has been very successful in the past decades, the working environment remains unique. Additionally, the mining industry is burdened with the preconception of being dark, dusty and dangerous. In response to this, creating attractive and even safer workplaces will also help to fill in the gaps of an ageing workforce.
The EIT RawMaterials funded SafeMine project is aiming to develop a holistic, timely and resilient PhD Programme in Health and Safety in Mining. The objectives of the SafeMine project are to train a new wave of qualified professionals and generate advanced scientific knowledge about health and safety in the mining and tunneling industry.
SafeMine PhD programme will train professionals to lead the future of health and safety work in the European mining industry
For a modern mining company with attractive and safe workplaces, a new type of leader for tomorrow’s Health and Safety at work is needed. The PhD Programme SafeMine will create and train these officials. Four leading European mining universities, Clausthal University of Technology (Germany), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden), RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria) are working closely together with industrial partners in order to develop a PhD programme with a focus on increasing mine safety, using the most up to date research data and basing their studies on industry-driven, real scenarios and projects.
The project aims to develop a holistic, timely and resilient PhD programme in Health and Safety in Mining and to train a cadre of qualified professionals who can lead the future of health and safety work in the European mining industry, based on a modern view of how an attractive and safe mine should be designed and organised. To achieve this objective SafeMine provides a programme for qualified leaders of tomorrow’s safety and health work in mining.
Members of the SafeMine project consortium:
- Clausthal University of Technology, Germany (Lead Partner)
- Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board (AUVA – Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt), Austria
- Boliden Mineral AB, Sweden
- Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA, Germany
- Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden
- Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
- Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Germany
- Veitsch-Radex GmbH & Co KG (RHI AG), Austria