Professor David Cliff

Professor and Director

Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre
Sustainable Minerals Institute
d.cliff@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64086
0401 993 760

Overview

David Cliff was appointed Professor of Occupational Health and Safety in Mining and Director of MISHC in 2011. His primary role is providing education, applied research and consulting in health and safety in the mining and minerals processing industry. He has been at MISHC over twelve years.

Previously David was the Safety and Health Adviser to the Queensland Mining Council, and prior to that Manager of Mining Research at the Safety In Mines Testing and Research Station. In these capacities he has provided expert assistance in the areas of health and safety to the mining industry for over twenty three years. He has particular expertise in emergency preparedness, gas analysis, spontaneous combustion, fires and explosions, including providing expert testimony to the Moura No,2 Warden’s inquiry and the Pike River Royal Commission. In recent times he has also devoted a lot of energy to fitness for duty issues particularly fatigue management. He has been a member of the organising committee for the level one emergency exercises in Queensland underground coal mines since their inception in 1998. He has also attended or provided assistance in over 30 incidents at mines.

David has also extensive experience in providing training and education in OHS in mining to in many countries.

He has published widely in the area of occupational health and safety in mining including not just the physical hazards but also on the processes for the effective management of these issues. Examples of this include reviews of the annual safety performance report for the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines and assistance to the Mine Safety Advisory Council of NSW in developing Health Management Plans (HMP) and key performance indicators for HMP.

Research Interests

  • Occupational Health and Safety in Mining
  • Principal Hazard Management in Mining
  • Gas Analysis and interpretation in mining
  • Artisanal Mining OHS
  • Emergency Management

Qualifications

  • GDipBsAdmin, Queensland University of Technology
  • GDipOutdoorEd, Brisbane College of Advanced Education
  • GDipEnvSt, Macquarie University
  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • BSc (Hons), Monash University

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Cliff, D., Ham, B. and Ross, J. (2012). Occupational health and safety. In Mine manager's handbook (pp. 49-84) Carlton, VIC., Australia: AusIMM.

  • Williams, S., Cliff, D., Jones, H., Dunlop, J., Hal,l A. and Lehany, T. (2012). Overview of mine management. In Mine managers' handbook (pp. 1-48) Carlton, VIC., Australia: AusIMM.

  • Cliff, David I., Beamish, Bevan B., Cuddihy, P. and Rowlands, D. (2009). Explosion, Fires and Spontaneous Combustion. In R. J. Kininmonth and E. Y. Baafi (Ed.), Australasian Coal Mining Practice 3rd ed. (pp. 800-814) Carlton, Victoria, Australia: The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Harris, Jill, Kirsch, Philipp, Shi, Meng, Li, Jirui, Gagrani, Ankita, Krishna ES, Anand, Tabish, Ahmad, Arora, Deepanshu, Kothandaraman, Kishore and Cliff, David (2014). Comparative analysis of coal fatalities in Australia, South Africa, India, China and USA, 2006-2010. In: Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemcik, Dennis Black, John Hoelle and Ismet Cunbulat, Proceedings of the 2014 Coal Operators' Conference. Coal 2014: Australian Coal Operators' Conference 2014, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (399-407). 12-14 February, 2014.

  • Harris, Jill, Kirsch, Philipp, Shi, Meng, Li, Jirui, Cliff, David, Gagrani, Ankita, Krishna, Anand, Tabish, Ahad, Arora, Deepanshu and Kothandaraman, Kishore (2014). Investigating differential risk factors through comparison of coal fatalities in Australia, China, India, South Africa and the United States of America. In: Comparison of differential risk factors in coal mining fatalities in India, China, Australia, United States and South Africa. 4th Hazardous Areas Conference 2014, Melbourne VIC Australia, (). 15 - 17 July 2014.

  • Mendham, Frank, Cliff, David and Horberry, Tim (2014). Is carbon monoxide sensing an effective early fire detection option for underground coal mines?. In: Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemcik, Dennis Black, John Hoelle and Ismet Cunbulat, Proceedings of the 2014 Coal Operators' Conference. Coal 2014: Australian Coal Operators' Conference 2014, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (360-368). 12-14 February, 2014.

  • Cliff, D. (2014). Optimising emergency escape in Australian underground coal mines. In: Optimising emergency escape in Australian underground coal mines, Manly NSW, Australia, (). 27 - 28 March.

  • Kirsch, Philipp, Harris, Jill, Sprott, Darren and Cliff, David (2014). RISKGATE and Australian coal operations. In: Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemcik, Dennis Black, John Hoelle and Ismet Cunbulat, Proceedings of the 2014 Coal Operators' Conference. Coal 2014: Australian Coal Operators' Conference 2014, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (389-398). 12-14 February, 2014.

  • Mendham, Frank, Cliff, David, Horberry, Tim and De Kock, Andre (2013). Early fire detection in underground coalmines. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Coal Operators' Conference. 2013 Coal Operators Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (259-265). 14-15 February, 2013.

  • Brady, Darren, Cliff, David, Nugent, Geoffrey, Devlin, Seamus, Tonegato, Steve and Mason, Peter (2013). Ensuring the survival of critical information sources after an underground incident: can it be achieved?. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Coal Operators Conference. 13th Australian Coal Operators' Conference (COAL2013), Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (248-258). 14-15 February 2013.

  • Kirsch, P. A., Harris, J., Cliff, D., Hebblewhite, B., Sprott, D., Shi, M., Ranjan, A., Sharma, Sugandha, Biswas, T. and Sharma, S. (2013). Industry scale knowledge management-introducing the RISKGATE Strata Underground and Explosions Body of Knowledge. In: 23rd World Mining Congress 2013 Proceedings. 23rd World Mining Congress, Montreal, Canada, (). 11-15 August 2013.

  • Kirsch, P. A., Harris, J., Sprott, D. and Cliff, D. (2013). Industry scale knowledge management: RISKGATE and Australian coal operations. In: 23rd World Mining Congress 2013 Proceedings. 23rd World Mining Congress, Montreal, Canada, (1-10). 11-15 August 2013.

  • Cliff, D. (2013). Pike River Coal mine disaster: what actually happened?. In: ICSMRI 2013: 35th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, London, UK, (). 15-17 October, 2013.

  • Brady, D., Nugent, G. and Cliff, D. (2012). A new approach to assessing explosibility during mines rescue operations. In: 2012 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit 2012, SME 2012, Meeting Preprints. 2012 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit 2012 (SME 2012), Seattle, United States, (357-359). 19-22 February 2012.

  • Brady, D., Nugent, G., Cliff, D., Devlin, S. and Grieves, J. (2012). A new approach to decision making for mines rescue deployment. In: 2012 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit 2012, SME 2012, Meeting Preprints. 2012 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit (SME 2012), Seattle, United States, (353-356). 19-22 February 2012.

  • Mendham, Frank, Cliff, David and Horberry, Tim (2012). A quantitative approach to engineering fire life safety in modern underground coal mines. In: Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemick and Ting Ren, Proceedings of the 2012 Coal Operators' Conference. 2012 Coal Operators' Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (327-335). 16-17 February 2012.

  • Xiao, Tania and Cliff, David (2012). Control Room operations during underground coal mine emergencies: the challenges are organizational not just technical. In: AAVPA Conference Proceedings 2012. 10th International Symposium of the Australian Avaition Psychology Association, Sydney, Australia, (). 19-22 November 2012.

  • Cliff, David (2012). Explosibility limits - Establishing criteria for mine re-entry. In: Basil Beamish and Duncan Chalmers, Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2011. Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2011, Sydney, Australia, (95-101). 5-6 September 2011.

  • Cliff, D. and Bailey, K. (2012). Health, safety and sustainability. In: Proceedings International Mine Management 2012. International Mine Management 2012 Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (53-58). 20-21 November 2012.

  • Cliff, David (2012). Mine environment monitoring - So what's changed since Moura no. 2?. In: Basil Beamish and Duncan Chalmers, Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2011. Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2011, Sydney, Australia, (1-5). 5-6 September 2011.

  • Brady, Darren and Cliff, David (2012). Opportunity for re-entry into a coal mine immediately following an explosion. In: Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemick and Ting Ren, Proceedings of the 2012 Coal Operators' Conference. 2012 Coal Operators' Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (336-340). 16-17 February 2012.

  • Fuller, Ruth, Cliff, David and Horberry, Tim (2012). Optimising the use of an incident management system in coal mining emergencies. In: Earth: Fire and rain: Disaster and Emergency Management Conference proceedings. Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, Brisbane, Qld., Australia, (166-176). 16 – 18 April 2012.

  • Nugent, Geoffrey, Brady, Darren, Cliff, David and Devlin, Seamus (2012). Pike River mine re-entry and emergency mine re-entry guideline application and learnings. In: Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemick and Ting Ren, Proceedings of the 2012 Coal Operators' Conference. 2012 Coal Operators' Conference, Wollongong, Australia, (352-361). 16-17 Feb 2012.

  • Harris, J., Sprott, D., Spinks, M., Cliff, D., Goater, S. and Kirsch, P. (2012). RISKGATE - a case study in application to fires on mobile plant. In: Eighth AusIMM Open Pit Operators’ Conference 2012: Automation, Maximising Throughput & Return: Proceedings. Eighth AusIMM Open Pit Operators' Conference 2012, Perth, Australia, (49-54). 18-19 September 2012.

  • Kirsch, P., Harris, J., Goater, S., Cliff, D. and Sprott, D. (2012). RISKGATE - an innovative online portal to assist risk management in the australian coal industry. In: Risk and Development in a Changing World. World Congress on Risk 2012, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). July 18 -20.

  • Cliff, D (2011). Managing health and safety or just complying. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Behaviour based safety and Safety Management. 1st International Symposium on Behaviour based safety and Safety Management, Beijing, People's Republic of China, (). 23-26 September 2011.

  • Cliff, David and Grieves, John (2010). Improving emergency management in underground coal mines. In: Naj Aziz, Proceedings of the 10th Underground Coal Operators’ Conference. 10th Underground Coal Operators’ Conference, Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia, (281-287). 11-12 February 2010.

  • Nugent, Geoff, Devlin, Seamus, Grieves, John, Cliff, David and Brady, Darren (2010). Mines rescue guidelines: The next generation. In: Naj Aziz, 2010 Underground Coal Operators' Conference. Coal 2010: 10th Underground Coal Operators' Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (288-298). 11-12 February 2010.

  • Cliff, David (2009). Spontaneous Combustion Management - Linking Experiment with Reality. In: Naj Aziz and Jan Nemcik, Proceedings of the 2009 Coal Operators' Conference. Coal 2009 9th Underground Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (281-286). 12-13 February 2009.

  • Hitchcock, W., Beamish, B.B. and Cliff, D.I. (2008). A study of the formation of hydrogen produced during the oxidation of bulk coal under laboratory conditions. In: Aziz, N. and Nemcik, J., 2008 Coal Operators' Conference. 2008 Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, (166-172). 14-15 February 2008.

  • Hitchcock, W., Cliff, D.I. and Beamish, B.B. (2008). A study of the gases produced by the oxidation of bulk coal under laboratory conditions. In: Wallace, K.G. JR, 12th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium 2008. 12th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium 2008, Reno, Nevada, USA, (159-163). 9-11 June 2008.

  • Cliff, D. and Bergin, P. (2007). The Management of A Spontaneous Combustion Incident in a sealed area of a longwall mine. In: 32nd International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes. 32nd International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, Beijiing, China, (). 28 - 29 Sep 2007.

  • Cliff, D. I. (2005). Establishment of Hours of Work Risk Factors Relevant to Coal Mining. In: Mr Stewart Bell, Dr Jan Oberholzer and Assoc Prof David Cliff, Health and safety mining research for a sustainable future. 31st Biennial Int'l Conf. of Safety in Mines Research Inst., Sofitel Brisbane, (156-159). 2-5 October 2005.

  • Beamish, B. B., Clarkson, F.B. and Cliff, D. I. (2005). Gas evolution testing of coal oxidation - small-scale versus bulk-scale. In: Mr Stewart Bell, Dr Jan Oberholzer and Associate Professor David Cliff, 31st International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes 2005. 31st International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes 2005, Sofitel Brisbane, (1-4). 2-5 October 2005.

  • Cliff, David I. (2005). Recent developments in inertisation in Australian coal mines. In: Proceedings: 2nd International Mines Rescue Conference. 2nd International Mines Rescue Conference, Sydney, Australia, (). 5-11 November 2005.

  • Cliff, David I. (2005). Relationship between the hours of work and safety related incidents in the coal mining industry. In: Proceedings: 31st International Safety in Mines Research Institutes Conference. 31st International Safety in Mines Research Institutes Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2005.

  • Cliff, D. I. (2005). The Chemistry of Coal Oxidation. In: Mr Stewart Bell, Dr Jan Oberholzer and Assoc Prof David Cliff, Health and safety mining research for a sustainable future. 31st Biennial Int'l Conf of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, Sofitel Brisbane, (43-46). 2-5 October 2005.

  • Cliff, D. I. and Moreby, R. (2005). The Demonstration of Electronic Systems to Assist in the Management of a Significant Incident. In: Angie Spry and Kristy Burt, Coal 2005 Moving Technology - Maintaining Competence. Coal 2005, Brisbane, Australia, (291-298). 26-28 April 2005.

  • Cliff, D. (2005). The ability of current gas monitoring techniques to adequately detect spontaneous combustion. In: Coal 2005 : 6th Australasian coal operators' conference ; [moving technology - maintaining competence] ; [proceedings]. Coal 2005: Coal Operators' Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (219-223). 26-28 April 2005.

  • Cliff, David I. (2004). Evaluation of incident management during level one emergency response simulation exercise in Queensland underground coal mines. In: Proceedings: 13th International Conference on Coal Research. 13th International Conference on Coal Research, Shanghai, China, (). 26–29 October 2004.

  • Cliff, David I. (2004). Management of recent spontaneous combustion events in Australian underground coal mines. In: Proceedings: 13th International Conference on Coal Research. 13th International Conference on Coal Research, Shanghai, China, (). 26–29 October 2004.

  • Cliff, D. I. (2003). A Review of Queensland Level One Emergency Response Exercises. In: Longwall 2003. Longwall 2003, Hunter Valley, Australia, (1-23). 18-21 November 2003.

  • Beach, R., Cliff, D. I. and Brereton, D. J. (2003). Managing Workforce Turnover on Remote Mine Sites in Australia. In: Minesafe International 2003. Minesafe International 2003, Perth, Australia, (1-9). 12 - 15 October 2003.

  • Mahon, E, Bofinger, C. M., Leveritt, S.J.R. and Cliff, D. I. (2003). What works best at improving mine worker safety and why does it work. In: Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference 2003. Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference 2003, Townsville, Australia, (105-110). 3-6 August 2003.

  • Cliff, D. I. and Kizil, G. (2002). Estimating the Health Risk from the Exposure of Respirable Dust in Queensland Underground Longwall Mines. In: G. Cook, C. Bofinger, G. Dalliston, E. Mahon and B. Matthias, Proceedings of the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference. , Townsville, (). 4-7 August, 2002.

  • Bofinger, C, Mahen, E, Cliff, D. I. and Heiler, K (2001). Fitness for duty a scoping study. In: Queensland Mining Council Industry Health & Safety Conference, Townsville, Australia, (). Aug 2001.

  • Pinnock, M and Cliff, D. I. (2001). Working time arrangements in the resource sector. In: Australian Mining & Minerals Assoc (AMMA) Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). July 2001.

Edited Outputs

  • Fly-in Fly-out operation - Issues and management (2001) . Edited by D. I. Cliff and M. Roche. Fly-in Fly out operation - Issues and management, Feb 2001, Townsville and Brisbane, Australia.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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