The government agency had conducted two years of consultations to develop the code, which provides the industry with processes for acting responsibly in a crisis and also on emergency management plans. The draft version of the code of practice was released for public comment last November, and included input from emergency response coordinators, trainers, miners and others in the industry.
Western Australia Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said it is crucial for mines to prepare for the worst – and that the code gives vital information for those responses.
“One of the McGowan government’s key priorities is the safety of workers, and I encourage mining companies, especially those with underground sites, to have risk-based emergency management systems in place,” he said.
The agency said the code will be applicable to personnel and companies discharging duties for EMS planning, design, implementation and maintenance,but that it will not apply to underground coal mines.
The 36-page report can be read here.