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Is your mine safety management system compliant?

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The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has launched a helpful audit tool to assist mineral exploration and mining companies meet impending regulatory changes in Western Australia.

From 31 March, all mining and exploration companies in WA will need to have created and implemented a mine safety management system [MSMS]. This is in accordance with requirements set out in WA’s Work Health and Safety Act 2020 and the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2022.

The MSMS is a framework which brings together the mine’s policies, systems, procedures, and plans to follow a systematic approach to achieving, improving, and monitoring health and safety.

This framework must cover all stages of a mine’s life, all aspects of operation, and all employees. As such, it is an important and complicated system, which is why AMEC, through Parabellum International, has developed a free audit tool to help companies prepare.

The tool has been created to help sites gauge their compliance and performance within the MSMS framework, this includes:

  • providing information on desirable safety and health management practices
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in the MSMS
  • providing a measure for safety and health performance
  • implementing a cycle of continuous improvement.

The free mine safety management system audit tool is available on the AMEC website.

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