Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Mining

The Mining industry generally refers to those involved in extracting naturally occurring mineral solids, such as coal and ores; liquid minerals, such as crude petroleum; and gases, such as natural gas as well as diamonds and precious stones.

Some things to consider when thinking about supporting and promoting healthy living activities in this industry include:

  • Work in this industry is generally in remote areas and the there are a large number of fly-in-fly-out workers.

The data below provides information on the health risks of people working in this industry compared to the entire working population with a focus on smoking, physical inactivity, nutrition and harmful alcohol consumption.

Prevalence of modifiable lifestyle risk factors

Analysis of all Persons aged 18 or more Current Smoker Inadequate Fruit & Veg intake Physical Inactivity BMI - Measured BMI - Measured Waist Circumference Waist Circumference Alcohol Increased Lifetime Risk
Overweight OR obese Obese Increased OR high risk High Risk
NATIONAL
22%
49%
71%
59%
23%
55%
31%
24%
Mining
27%
39%
67%
67%
21%
58%
29%
28%

NOTE: Highlighted items are significantly different from the national average