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Coal mining competencies

Competencies recognised by the Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee

Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld)
Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017

Note: The competencies determined for the respective positions and operative date for the acquisition of such competencies may be amended by the advisory committee from time-to-time if amendments are deemed necessary.

Last revised August 2022

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS201E (previously RIIRIS201D, RIIRIS201B, RIIRIS201A, MNCC1006B, MNCC1006A or MNC.C6.A)

    Regulation – section 82

    01/01/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS301E (previously RIIRIS301D, RIIRIS301B, RIIRIS301A, MNCG1001A or QMS1); and RIIWHS301E (previously RIIWHS301D, RIIOHS301A, MNCG1008A or QMS2); and RIICOM301E (previously RIICOM301D, RIICOM301B, RIICOM301A, MNCG1009A or QMS3)Act – section 5630/08/2002
  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS601E (previously RIIRIS601D, RIIRIS601A, MNCG1003A), MINE7033 or GMIRM; and

    • First Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925;

    or

    • First Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency granted under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999
    Act – section 60(2)

    06/08/2009

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS402E (previously RIIRIS402D, RIIRIS402A, MNCG1002B, MNCG1002A); and

    • Deputy’s, First Class Mine Manager's or Second Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925;

    or

    • Deputy’s, First Class Mine Manager's or Second Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency granted under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999
    Act – section 60(9)

    01/12/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS402E (previously RIIRIS402D, RIIRIS402A, MNCG1002B, MNCG1002A); and

    • Open-cut Examiner’s Certificate granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925;

    or

    • Open Cut Examiner’s Certificate of Competency granted under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999
    Act – section 59

    01/12/2002

    and

    RIIENV301E; or

    A First class mine manager certificate of competency for underground coal mines recognised by the Queensland Board of Examiners; or

    Second class mine manager certificate of competency for underground coal mines recognised by the Queensland Board of Examiners; or

    Deputy’s certificate of competency for underground coal mines recognised by the Queensland Board of Examiners

     17/06/2022
  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS402E (previously RIIRIS402D, RIIRIS402A, MNCG1002B, MNCG1002A); and

    • Deputy’s, First Class Mine Manager's or Second Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925;

    or

    • Deputy’s, First Class Mine Manager's or Second Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency granted under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999
    Act – section 109(2)

    01/12/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS301E (previously RIIRIS301D, RIIRIS301B, RIIRIS301A, MNCG1001A or QMS1), and RIIWHS301E (previously RIIWHS301D, RIIOHS301A, MNCG1008A or QMS2), and RIICOM301E (previously RIICOM301D, RIICOM301B, RIICOM301A, MNCG1009A or QMS3)

    Act – section 93(3)

    01/07/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    A statutory legislation exam, as administered by the Board of Examiners, and

    • RIIRIS601E (previously RIIRIS601D, RIIRIS601A, MNCG1003A)

    or

    or

    In addition, the Site Senior Executive, or a person named in a senior position under s55 of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, must obtain the competency unit

    • RIIWHS601E (previously RIIWHS601D, RIIOHS601A, MNCG1107A)

    or

    Act – section 54(1)

    17/06/2021

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS402E (previously RIIRIS402D, RIIRIS402A, MNCG1002B, MNCG1002A);

    and

    • Mine Electrician Certificate (All Coal Mines or Underground Coal Mines)1 granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925; and possession of the following units2 , with endorsements, where applicable, relevant to the explosion protection techniques at the coal mine – UEENEEM080A3 (previously UEENEEM001B, UTENES010A), UEEHA00044 (previously UEENEEM019A, UEENEEM002B, UTENES012A), UEEHA00054 (previously UEENEEM023A, UEENEEM004B, UTENES107A), UEEHA00064 (previously UEENEEM027A, UEENEEM006B, UTENES214A), UEEHA00114 & UEEHA00124 & UEEHA00134 & UEEHA00144 (previously UEENEEM031A, UEENEEM007B, UTENES215A), UEENEEM035A3 (previously UEENEEM008B, UTENES407A), UEENEEM038A3 (previously, UEENEEM009B, UTENES408A), UEEHA00024 (previously UEENEEM042A, UEENEEM010B, UTENES409A), UEEHA00014 (previously UEENEEM043A, UEENEEM011B, UTENES410A), UEEHA00094 (previously UEENEEM047A, UEENEEM012B, UTENES609A), UEENEEM078A3 (previously UEENEEM013B, UTENES610A), UEEHA00074 (previously UEENEEM074A, UEENEEM016B, UTENES707A), UEEHA00034

    or

    • Possession of the following units2, with endorsements, where applicable, relevant to the explosion protection techniques at the coal mine – UEECD0029 (previously UEENEEE013B, UTENES602BA), UEECD0013 (previously UEENEEE110A, UEENEEE010B, UTENES603BA), UEEEL0015 (previously UEENEEG169A, UEENEEG069B, UTENES606BA), RIIRAI609D (previously RIIRAI609A, MNCG1090A), UEENEEM080A3 (previously UEENEEM001B, UTENES010A), UEEHA00044 (previously UEENEEM019A, UEENEEM002B, UTENES012A), UEEHA00054 (previously UEENEEM023A, UEENEEM004B, UTENES107A), UEEHA00064 (previously UEENEEM027A, UEENEEM006B, UTENES214A), UEEHA00114 & UEEHA00124 & UEEHA00134 & UEEHA00144 (previously UEENEEM031A, UEENEEM007B, UTENES215A), UEENEEM035A3 (previously UEENEEM008B, UTENES407A), UEENEEM038A3 (previously, UEENEEM009B, UTENES408A), UEEHA00024 (previously UEENEEM042A, UEENEEM010B, UTENES409A), UEEHA00014 (previously UEENEEM043A, UEENEEM011B, UTENES410A), UEEHA00094 (previously UEENEEM047A, UEENEEM012B, UTENES609A), UEENEEM078A3 (previously UEENEEM013B, UTENES610A), UEEHA00074 (previously UEENEEM074A, UEENEEM016B, UTENES707A), UEEHA00034

    or

    • Possession of equivalent electrical qualifications.

    Note 1 A NSW Certificate of Competency as a Mine Electrical Engineer is also acceptable.

    Note 2 Some of these units form part of the Diploma in Mine Electrical Engineering (RII) and the Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering – Coal Mining (UEE).

    Note 3 Not a requirement for competencies achieved post 5 October 2022. Also not required if all hazardous area competency units have been completed under UEE42620 during the transition period to 5 October 2022.

    Note 4 Required for competencies achieved post 5 October 2022. Also a requirement if competency units have been completed under UEE42620 during the transition period to 5 October 2022. Not a requirement for competencies achieved prior to UEE42620.

    Act – section 60(10)

    29/07/2005

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS301E (previously RIIRIS301D, RIIRIS301B, RIIRIS301A, MNCG1001A or QMS1);

    and

    • Mine Electrician Certificate (All Coal Mines or Open-cut Coal Mines)1 granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925;

    or

    • A Degree in Electrical Engineering, and possession of the following units2 – UEECD0029 (previously UEENEEE013B, UTENES602BA), UEECD0013 (previously UEENEEE110A, UEENEEE010B, UTENES603BA), UEEEL0015 (previously UEENEEG169A, UEENEEG069B, UTENES606BA), RIIRAI609D (previously RIIRAI609A, MNCG1090A),

    or

    • A Diploma in Electrical Engineering and possession of the following units2– UEECD0029 (previously UEENEEE013B, UTENES602BA), UEECD0013 (previously UEENEEE110A, UEENEEE010B, UTENES603BA), UEEEL0015 (previously UEENEEG169A, UEENEEG069B, UTENES606BA), RIIRAI609D (previously RIIRAI609A, MNCG1090A),

    or

    • An Electrical Worker's Licence and possession of the following units2 – UEECD0029 (previously UEENEEE013B, UTENES602BA), UEECD0013 (previously UEENEEE110A, UEENEEE010B, UTENES603BA), UEEEL0015 (previously UEENEEG169A, UEENEEG069B, UTENES606BA), RIIRAI609D (previously RIIRAI609A, MNCG1090A),

    or

    • Possession of equivalent electrical qualifications.

    Note 1 A NSW Certificate of Competency as a Mine Electrical Engineer, or a NSW Certificate of Competency as a Mine Electrical Engineer for an Opencut Mine, is also acceptable.

    Note 2 These units form part of the Diploma of Mine Electrical Engineering (RII) and the Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering – Coal Mining (UEE)

    Regulation – section 17

    01/07/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    • Relevant Shotfirer's Licence issued under the Explosives Act 1999;

    or

    • Deputy’s Certificate granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925 free from an endorsement prohibiting
      shotfiring;

    or

    • RIIBLA302E (previously RIIBLA302D, RIIBLA302A, MNCU1048B, MNCU1048A or MNC.U48.A)
    Regulation –
    section 209

    01/01/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    • Relevant Shotfirer's Licence issued under the Explosives Act 1999;

    or

    • Deputy’s Certificate granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925 free from an endorsement prohibiting shotfiring;

    or

    • RIIBLA302E (previously RIIBLA302D, RIIBLA302A, MNCU1048B, MNCU1048A or MNC.U48.A)

    or

    • RIIBLA202E (previously RIIBLA202D, RIIBLA202B, RIIBLA202A, MNCU1049B, MNCU1049A or MNC.U49.A)
    Regulation – section 209

    01/01/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIERR201E (previously RIIERR201D, RIIERR201A, MNCG1005A or MNC.G5.A)

    Regulation – section 155(1)

    01/01/2003

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    If more than three years’ experience working in ventilation:

    • RIIUND603D (previously RIIUND603A, MNCU1109A or MNC.U109.A) or the University of New South Wales Graduate Diploma of Mine Ventilation;

    and

    • RIIRIS402E (Previously RIIRIS402D, RIIRIS402A, MNCG1002A) or a recognised equivalent or superior qualification

    If less than three years’ experience working in ventilation:

    • RIIUND603D, RIIUND601E (previously RIIUND601D), RIIMCU601E (previously RIIMCU601D), RIIMCU602E (previously RIIMCU602D), RIIMCU603D, RIIMCU604D and RIIRIS402E (previously RIIRIS402D);

    or

    • University of New South Wales Graduate Diploma of Mine Ventilation
    Act – section 61(2)

    1/07/2020

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    Appropriate electrical workers licence or competency required under the Electrical Safety Act 2002, for the activity or work undertaken.

    Regulation – section 371(sch7)
  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    Certifying Mine Survey Plans - Underground Plans Only

      

    A person holding a registration as a surveyor under the Surveyors Act 2003 with an endorsement of ‘Mining (UC)’

    Act – section 67(6) 

    Certifying Mine Survey Plans - Surface Plans Only

      

    A person holding a registration as a surveyor under the Surveyors Act 2003 with an endorsement of ‘Mining (O)’

    Act – section 67(6)
  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    • Relevant shotfirer's licence issued under the Explosives Act 1999;

    or

    • Open-cut Examiner’s Certificate granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925 free from an endorsement prohibiting shotfiring;

    or

    • RIIBLA301E (previously RIIBLA301D, RIIBLA301A, MNCO1040B, MNCO1040A or MNC.O40.A)
    Regulation – section 371(sch7)

    01/01/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    • Relevant shotfirer's licence issued under the Explosives Act 1999;

    or

    • Open-cut Examiner’s Certificate granted under the Coal Mining Act 1925 free from an endorsement prohibiting shotfiring;

    or

    • RIIBLA301E (previously RIIBLA301D, RIIBLA301A, MNCO1040B, MNCO1040A or MNC.O40.A);

    or

    • RIIBLA201E (previously RIIBLA201D, RIIBLA201A, MNCO1041B, MNCO1041A or MNC.O41.A)
    Regulation – section 371(sch7)

    01/07/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    For a manually operated winder, slope haulage and hoist equipment, a machine and mode specific competency is required. It must meet the minimum requirements in RIIUND301D Operate manual winder.

    The machine and mode specific competency package is to be audited by an RTO and content expert familiar with winder operations prior to its application.

    Regulation – section 275

    17/10/2016

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    • Competencies from the TAE10 or TAE16 suites of competency standards relevant to the training being provided;

    or

    • 10898NAT course in field-based training and assessment (previously 10235NAT);

    or

    • Possession of an equivalent training qualification
    Regulation – section 82(2)(f)

    01/01/2018

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    • Competencies from the TAE10 or TAE16 suites of competency standards relevant to the assessment being provided

    or

    • 10898NAT course in field-based training and assessment (previously 10235NAT)
    Regulation – section 82(2)(f)

    16/03/2001

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIRIS402E (previously RIIRIS402D, RIIRIS402A, MNCG1002B, MNCG1002A)

    Regulation – section 371(sch7)

    01/12/2002

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    UEENEEM080A1 (previously UEENEEM001B, UTENES010A), UEEHA00042 (previously UEENEEM019A, UEENEEM002B, UTENES012A), UEEHA00052 (previously UEENEEM023A, UEENEEM004B, UTENES107A), UEEHA00062 (previously UEENEEM027A, UEENEEM006B, UTENES214A), UEENEEM038A1 (previously UEENEEM009B, UTENES408A), UEEHA00022 (previously UEENEEM042A, UEENEEM010B, UTENES409A), UEEHA00012 (previously UEENEEM043A, UEENEEM011B, UTENES410A), UEEHA00032 , UEEHA00072 , with endorsements, where applicable, relevant to the explosion protection techniques at the coal mine.

    Note 1 Not a requirement for competencies achieved post 5th October 2022. Also not required if all hazardous area competency units have been completed under UEE42620 during the transition period to 5th October 2022.

    Note 2 Required for competencies achieved post 5th October 2022. Also a requirement if competency units have been completed under UEE42620 during the transition period to 5th October 2022. Not a requirement for competencies achieved prior to UEE42620.

    Regulation – Section 20(1)

    31/12/2003

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    UEENEEM080A1 (previously UEENEEM001B, UTENES010A), UEEHA00042 (previously UEENEEM019A, UEENEEM002B, UTENES012A), UEEHA00032 with endorsements, where applicable, relevant to the explosion protection techniques at the coal mine.

    Note 1 Not a requirement for competencies achieved post 5th October 2022. Also not required if all hazardous area competency units have been completed under UEE42620 during the transition period to 5th October 2022.

    Note 2 Required for competencies achieved post 5th October 2022. Also a requirement if competency units have been completed under UEE42620 during the transition period to 5th October 2022. Not a requirement for competencies achieved prior to UEE42620.

    Regulation – Section 20(2)

    31/12/2003

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    RIIDES301D, RIIDES302D, RIIDES303D, RIIDES304D, RIIDES305D, RIIDES306D, RIIDES307D

    Regulation – Sections 71, 260(2)(b) & 371(sch 7(5))

    01/01/2014

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    AURLTB002 (previously AURLTB5002) with Range of Variable endorsements, where applicable, relating to the braking testing techniques and equipment used at the coal mine.

    Regulation – Sections 66, 71, 260(2)(h) & 371(sch 7(5))

    01/01/2014

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    AURKTB002 (previously AURKTB5002, AURT572593A) with Range of Variable endorsements, where applicable, relating to the braking testing techniques and equipment used at the coal mine.

    Regulation – Sections 66, 71, 260(2)(h) & 371(sch 7(5))

    01/01/2014

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    AURHTB005 (previously AURHTB5005) with Range of Variable endorsements, where applicable, relating to the braking testing techniques and equipment used at the coal mine.

    Regulation – Sections 66, 71, 260(2)(h) & 371(sch 7(5))

    01/01/2014

  • Required competency

    Act/Regulation

    Required from

    1. BSBWHS419 (previously BSBWHS409) delivered by SIMTARS or competency based training equivalent to BSBWHS419 (previously BSBWHS409) delivered by Coal Services NSW and
    2. competency based training delivered by SIMTARS or Coal Services NSW that addresses each of the following:
      • sampling to AS 2985—2009 Australian standard: workplace atmospheres—method for sampling and gravimetric determination of respirable dust
      • appropriate data to be collected during sampling, including observations
      • use and applications of real-time monitors
      • use and application of an anemometer
      • dust observation methods and best practices for underground mines
      • dust observation methods and best practices for surface mines
    Regulation – section 371 (sch 7(9))

    01/07/2017

Notes on qualifications and competency standards

Equivalent qualifications: Inherent in Section 55 of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 is the obligation on the site senior executive to ensure that there is an auditable system to determine that other qualifications adopted, where allowed by the Committee, are equivalent to those recognised by the Committee.

Applicable units of competency, training packages

RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes, (previously RIIRIS301B, RIIRIS301A, MNCG1001A or QMS1) and equivalent, RIIWHS301D Conduct safety and health investigations, (previously RIIOHS301A, MNCG1008A or QMS2) and equivalent, and RIICOM301D Communicate information, (previously RIICOM301B, RIICOM301A, MNCG1009A or QMS3) and equivalent.

General, all operations:

  • RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control (Previously RIIRIS201B, RIIRIS201A, MNCC1006B, MNCC1006A or MNC.C6.A)
  • RIIERR201D Conduct fire team operations (previously RIIERR201A, MNCG1005A or MNC.G5.A)
  • RIIRIS402D Carry out the risk management process (previously RIIRIS402A, MNCG1002B, MNCG1002A)
  • RIIRIS601D Establish and maintain the risk management system (previously RIIRIS601A, MNCG1003A)
  • MINE7033 Minerals Industry Risk Management
  • GMIRM Global Minerals Industry Risk Management
  • MINE7041 Mine Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • RIIWHS601D Establish and maintain the OHS management system (previously RIIOHS601A, MNCG1107A)
  • BSZ98 Business services national training package
  • TAA04 Training and assessment training package
  • TAE10 Training and assessment
  • TAE16 Training and assessment
  • 10235NAT Field-based training and assessment
  • MNC98 National coal industry training package
  • MNC04 Coal Training Package
  • RII09 Resource and Infrastructure Industry Training Package
  • RII Resource and Infrastructure Industry Training Package
  • MNC50404 Diploma of Mine Electrical Engineering
  • AURLTB002 Analyse and evaluate faults in light vehicle braking systems (previously AURLTB5002)
  • AURKTB002 Analyse and evaluate faults in wheeled mobile plant braking systems (previously AURKTB5002, AURT 572593A)
  • AURHTB005 Analyse and evaluate faults in heavy vehicle braking systems (previously AURHTB5005)

Underground operations:

  • RIIBLA302D Conduct shotfiring operations in underground coal mines (previously RIIBLA302A, MNCU1048B, MNCU1048A or MNC.U48.A)
  • RIIBLA202D Support underground shotfiring operations, (previously RIIBLA202B, RIIBLA202A, MNCU1049B, MNCU1049A or MNC.U49.A,)
  • RIIDES301D Inspect, test and maintain diesel engines and their ancillary systems
  • RIIDES302D Inspect, test and maintain joints on diesel engine systems
  • RIIDES303D inspect, test and maintain cooling systems on diesel engine systems
  • RIIDES304D Inspect, test and maintain inlet systems on diesel engine systems
  • RIIDES305D Inspect, test and maintain exhaust systems on diesel engine systems
  • RIIDES306D Inspect, test and maintain safety shutdown systems on diesel engine systems
  • RIIDES307D Test, determine the cause and rectify excessive emission levels on diesel engine systems
  • RIIUND301D Operate manual winder
  • RIIUND603D Manage, operate and maintain the mine ventilation system (previously RIIUND603A, MNCU1109A or MNC.U109.A)

Surface (open cut) operations:

  • RIIBLA301D = Conduct surface shotfiring operations (previously RIIBLA301A, MNCO1040B, MNCO1040A or MNC.O40.A or)
  • RIIBLA201D = Support shotfiring operations (previously RIIBLA201A, MNCO1041B, MNCO1041A or MNC.O41.A)

Information on training packages, providers and competency standards is available from www.training.gov.au.

Updates to competencies

Date of agreed updateReason for update
8 August 2022
  • Amendment to Open Cut Examiner competency; row 5
19 November 2021
  • Amendment to Underground Electrical Engineering Manager competency; row 9
  • Amendment to Surface Electrical Engineering Manager; row 10
  • Amendment to Training Designers, Developers or Deliverers and persons managing and implementing mines training schemes competency; row 20
  • Amendment to Training Assessors competency; row 21
  • Amendment to Persons repairing, overhauling and maintaining electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres at a coal mine competency; row 23
  • Amendment to Persons carrying out work on extra low voltage systems associated with mobile plant for an underground coal mine competency; row 24
1 July 2021
  • Amendment to Open Cut Examiner competency with the addition of RIIENV301E; row 5
  • Amendment to SSE competency with the addition of RIIWHS601E; row 8
14/07/2020Amendments to competencies for underground ventilation officers; row 14
22/01/2018
  • Amendments and additions to positions and competencies; rows 20 and 21
  • Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2001 superseded by Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017
March 2017
  • Updated units of competency for Underground Electrical Engineering Manager and Surface Electrical Engineering Manager; rows 9 and 10,
  • Amendments to requirements for Person in charge of winders; row 19, and
  • Updated units of competency for analysing and evaluating braking systems; rows 26, 27 and 28
  • Update of the wording of the competency for person carrying out respirable dust sampling at a coal mine in accordance with AS 2985; row 29
December 2016Addition of competencies for person carrying out respirable dust sampling at a coal mine in accordance with AS 2985; row 29
April 2016Amendments to requirements for Person in charge of winders; row 19, and minor changes to text in rows 9, 10, 23 and 24
August 2015Updated units of competency from RII09 to RII training package and updated requirements for certifying mine survey plans; row 16
10/10/2014Amendments to requirements for certifying mine survey plans; row 16
12/12/2013Amendments to competencies on diesel engine systems and braking systems; rows 26, 27 and 28
9/09/2013Amendments to competencies on diesel engine systems and braking systems; rows 26, 27 and 28
25/07/2013Addition of competencies on diesel engine systems and braking systems; rows 25 and 26
7/12/2011Addition of updated competency suite for trainers and training assessors; rows 20 and 21
14/11/2011Update to requirements for Site Senior Executives; row 8, and those certifying mine survey plans; row 16
14/12/2009Amalgamation of several training packages into RII09 Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package

Last updated: 23 Mar 2022