Safety assessments for mines

Operators of prescribed mines must conduct a comprehensive and systematic safety assessment of the risks associated with major mining hazards.

Read the Regulations

The duties referred to in this guidance are contained in Part 5.3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017– (OHS Regulations).

You must read the legislation in addition to this guidance.

  • This guidance refers to Regulations 421, 422 and 423 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, which are duties for operators of prescribed mines.
  • Operators of any mine can use this guidance to help comply with Regulations 404, 405 and 406.
  • For an overview of the relevant Regulations, read Duties for mine operators.

What is a safety assessment

A safety assessment is an integral part of a mine's safety management system.

It involves consulting with employees to create a thorough, systematised and documented investigation of major mining hazard events.

How to conduct a safety assessment

There are six steps to conducting a successful safety assessment.