Nurses are the first responders when a workplace accident occurs, and may accompany the injured worker to the nearest hospital. They are also responsible for training mine rescue teams in first aid and emergency response techniques. They coordinate the health services needed to operate a mine and refer workers to the relevant professionals. They meet each employee on an annual basis and ensure that medical records are kept up to date in accordance with industry standards, while taking care to check for the appearance of certain symptoms. They carry out pre-hiring medical examinations and drug detection tests. They take part in educational and awareness-raising programs to promote and maintain the health, safety, wellbeing and quality of life of workers.
- The work schedule is often irregular.
- The work may involve frequent changes of priority requiring an excellent ability to adapt and manage stress.