“Valuable first step” for safety of women in mines
The ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ Report released earlier this year uncovered the problematic culture festering in the fly-in fly-out (FIFO) mining industry that has sadly enabled the mistreatment of female workers. The report has alerted industry and government officials to take urgent action – but where do they even start
Lighting is a “valuable first step” and a Beacon of Change
It goes without saying, this is a complex and deeply ingrained systematic issue that will not be rectified overnight. However, as outlined in the report as a “valuable first step”, lighting around workers accommodation is a tangible, ‘low-hanging fruit’ solution that can be implemented promptly to create safer spaces for women and act as a visual representation and reminder to workers that change is imminent.
Lighting and Safety
Studies have found “that the environmental quality of a place has dominating effects upon safety and the positive perception of safety” with lighting playing a significant part in this phenomenon (XYX Lab & CrowdSpot 2021, p.61).
Safe Lighting Snowballs Cultural Transformation
In addition to safety, lighting also helps build a friendly and inviting space for women—acting as a driving force towards a gender balanced workplace; that will accelerate the urgently needed cultural change.
Need for Grid-free Sustainable Lighting
The mining and resource sector also faces increasing pressure from the government to help Australia reach its net-zero emissions target by 2050. As such, sustainable practices and procurement are imperative measures that must be considered.
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XYX Lab and CrowdSpot. 2021. YourGround Victoria Report. Melbourne: Monash University XYX Lab. yourground.org
Community Development and Justice Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 2022. Report 2 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry, Western Australian Parliament <www.parliament.wa.gov.au>
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