DMIRS release Code of Practice – Emergency Management for WA Mines

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has released its Code of Practice – Emergency management for Western Australia mines.

The document can be found at DMIRS by following this link Code of Practice

The Code of Practice covers the following key areas:

  1. Risk Management
  2. Emergency management planning
  3. Emergency resources and equipment
  4. Emergency response personnel
  5. Training and competency
  6. Incident Management

The potentially hazardous nature of mining operations,
and their often remote locations, mean that being
prepared for an emergency situation is critical to the
safety and health of personnel.

This code of practice will assist those involved with emergency management in Western Australia to meet their legislative obligations for occupational safety and health under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

It is designed to provide guidance on:

  • Emergency management systems used in surface and underground mines and quarries
  • Developing and evaluating safe work procedures for such systems

The code focuses on:

  • Identification of the unique risk profiles in relation to operating mines
  • Emergency management at mine sites.

The code of practice is aimed at those who have functions and responsibilities for planning, designing, implementing and maintaining emergency management systems. The code of practice will also be useful for supervisors, operations personnel, and safety and health representatives who need to understand the responsibilities associated with emergency management.

CoreHS has a combined 35 years experience in Emergency Response and welcomes and supports the DMIRS provision of this Code of Practice.  We will be reviewing our procedures to ensure we maintain the highest level of standards and management systems in line with the Code of Practice.